Posted November 28, 2013

NFL announces 2014 London dates

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Wembley Stadium will host

London’s Wembley Stadium can seat up to 86,000 fans for a football game.  (Getty Images)

The NFL announced Thursday the three games that will be played in London next season.

The first game will be played in Week 4 on Sept. 28, with the Oakland Raiders against the Miami Dolphins.

The Atlanta Falcons will play the Detroit Lions on Oct. 26, and the Dallas Cowboys will take on the Jacksonville Jaguars on Nov. 9.

All three games will be played at London’s Wembley Stadium. The Raiders, Falcons and Jaguars are the designated home teams.

There were two games in London this year, with the Minnesota Vikings beating the Pittsburgh Steelers 34-27 on Sept. 29 and the San Francisco 49ers routing the Jacksonville Jaguars 42-10 on Oct. 27.

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“Our fans in the UK continue to demonstrate their passion for more football,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement last month. “Next year for the first time we will play three regular-season games in London. We have scheduled three attractive games with four teams playing in their first International Series game. The growing enthusiasm for the NFL internationally is exciting and we look forward to continuing to respond to this interest in our game.”


20 comments
KevinTheel
KevinTheel

OK, NFL here it is, 3 game preseason, 17 game regular season, 8 home games, 8 road games and 1 neutral site game over seas for every team. 4 games in London, 2 in Berlin, 2 in Dusseldorf, 1 Glasgow, 1 Paris, 1 Amsterdam, 1 in Rome, 1 in Dublin, 1 Tokyo, 1 in Shanghai, and 1 Hong Kong.  Also, make the games meaningful, intra conference games and balance the schedule, have an entire division go on a bye week together and then play each other coming off the bye week.  This way teams don't get screwed playing 4 teams coming off of bye weeks while other play one.

hiram.diaz
hiram.diaz

Bizarro football. Stop trying to seel this watered down prodcut overseas already. No one care.


MacRussell
MacRussell

or even better as a fan who waits for his team to come play in the city he lives in 1nce every 8 yrs and was ready to buy tickets to the game and and finds out they move it to london...thats bs.for instance i live near miami and im a giants fan!well who played in the first london game? yep g men and miami and of course they were coming here..and as a huge fan that was a bummer especially cause that was our sb yr

MacRussell
MacRussell

this is ridiculous!this screws a fan of the home team if they have season tickets.plus they dont care about american football over there

dl0007
dl0007

This is the most asinine endeavor the NFL has ever concocted! The cost involved, the time involved, the distance, lack of interest by the Brits, and the money spent by the participants in England rather than America!!!


                                                                              COMPLETELY ASININE!

sam93505
sam93505

If these games were half the big deal Goodell makes about them, why aren't they broadcasted across the country instead of just in the hometowns of the teams? Shouldn't he showcase them like MNF or TNF?

Oh, I forgot... that would cut into the NFL's huge profits that the players never see...

mnickol1@verizon.net
mnickol1@verizon.net

The NFL (Roger Goodell) has never cared about the fans. The fans are losing a home game.  What's next, playing games in Iraq or Pakistan.  Goodell is an idiot.

wjoinfo1
wjoinfo1

Shows you  what  a liar Goodell is. 3 attractive games? Really? You're pathetic Goodell, after your lies about hundreds of pages of evidence against the Saints and you had nothing. Now you tell Britain that these games are attractive and with a straight face. I don't know how you keep your job but you must have pictures of the owners............................

SDCardsFan64
SDCardsFan64

What about the stadium workers and small business owners around the stadiums that are now losing income due to these increased number of games overseas? And the season ticket holders still pay for two crappy pre-season games and lose a regular season game? At least the greedy NFL and greedy owners are making money on these games.

MartinDavidMcCoy
MartinDavidMcCoy

I think it is blatantly unfair for these teams to have to do these games. The only way that would make it halfway fair would be for each team to have, either a bye week before or after those overseas games.

Goodell is ruining the NFL with the "helmet to helmet" rules and the overseas games.

ESPNrefuge5244888
ESPNrefuge5244888

Sorry season ticket holders only 7 games for you next year....also how are these matchups already set, I thought the final standings determined whom your inconference matchups would be....

stianv83
stianv83

@MacRussell Me and about 20 of my friends are taking the 2 hour long planetrip to one of these games to get a glimpse of live NFL football. So it seems Im a more dedicated fan then you. You should probably not be allowed to weigh in on all questions NFL. Thank you. Sit down.

ScottYoung
ScottYoung

@MacRussell Speaking as someone "over there", I'm impressed how you can talk out of your backside and type at the same time.  Some fan you are if you're in Miami and can't get up the coast to New Jersey at least once in 8 years.  "Don't care...over there"?  So every single NFL game since the start at Wembley having at least 82,000 people who don't care with their hard-earned money?  You really are a Grade-A nimrod.  Better go call yourself a waaaahmbulance.

ScottYoung
ScottYoung

@dl0007"Lack of interest"?  So every single NFL game since the start at Wembley having at least 82,000 people who don't care with their hard-earned money?  Fine, use other arguments, but try using facts if you want your arguments to be taken seriously.

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@MartinDavidMcCoy Okay Mr. DramaQueen, please tell us how attempting to get these guys from smashing their heads together and playing games in London is going to ruin the NFL.  

ceefax72
ceefax72

@ESPNrefuge5244888 Only 2 games are decided by final standings, each team plays 6 games in it's own division, then 4 games against an in conference division (i.e. AFC West vs AFC south gives us Raiders against Dolphins) and 4 games against an out of conference division (i.e. NFC West vs AFC South gives us Cowboys/Jags).