Posted February 15, 2014

Jerry Jones: NFL team in London has his support, is “very possible”

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Jerry Jones' Cowboys will play the Jaguars in London during the 2014 season. (Rick Diamond/Getty Images)

Jerry Jones’ Cowboys will play the Jaguars in London during the 2014 season. (Rick Diamond/Getty Images)

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says he is in favor of a London-based NFL team, according to Paul Higham of Sky Sports.

The Cowboys are scheduled to play the Jacksonville Jaguars in one of three NFL games at Wembley Stadium in London next season, and Jones says the city could have a franchise of its own in the near future.

“I think that’s very possible and I’m very much for it … These games will be a good indication of the type of support that we could have there, but London is one of the few cities outside of the United States that would be a great city internationally for the NFL.”

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Growing the NFL abroad is an enticing option to many owners, who feel the sport has reached maximum popularity in the United States, according to Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk.


47 comments
thebigdawg3
thebigdawg3

Jones should move the Cowboys to London as Goodell should only let crap teams and moron owners move to the UK ...

mystafugee
mystafugee

Great idea and to all those fans complaining about the "American" game going overseas?  You guys just need to shut up, the NFL quit giving a s---- about fans decades ago, all about new markets and more money.  

David G
David G

Then he can move the Cowboys there.  What a stupid idea.

skanee00
skanee00

The Brits have their own prolate spheroid ball game called rugby. It is a very popular international sport. You could argue it's a healthier sport to play than American football. So why does Britain need the NFL?

MickHayes
MickHayes

If Jerry Jones likes it, it has to be a bad idea.  8 hour flight & 6 time zone changes from the West Coast!

Dumptruck
Dumptruck

From the man who's smartest move was hiring Jimmy Johnson and stupidest move was FIRING Jimmy Johnson (amongst others!), he's really not in position to make recommendations to the NFL about expanding to Europe when he can't even field a half-way decent team here in the USA!

2001mark
2001mark

I just don't think it will work well for anyone.  If this happened tomorrow & the Jaguars relocated to Wembley, the sexiness is already gone.  They'd have done it, an NFL team in London.  Yawn.


The vibe of the NFL doesn't suit foreign 'learn the league's intricities' at all in my opinion.  Their weighted schedule alone would be weird- surely long homestands & long road trips to kill the travel/jet lag issues.  


This entire thing is just needless.  Give them some preseason games that NFL fans don't want, give them a few Pro Bowls.

help4mac1
help4mac1

Forget about London and forget about the Brits. Put the team on the continent.

And let's get the NFL back on cable in Europe after ESPN bailed - the bumps!

BlowPop852
BlowPop852

This old fossil needs to die. This is the stupidest thing on the internet today....

OfficerMarcusDuvall
OfficerMarcusDuvall

When 95% of NFL teams are competitive and 100% of NFL teams are filling their stadiums then maybe the NFL should expand. 

As it is now there is not enough talent to fill the teams they have. Not enough good coaches. So you have an NFL that is 30% pro 70% amateur. 


Jones, Garrett and the Cowboys are of course amateurs. 

PWINGS
PWINGS

So let me get this straight. Goodell and the owners want to have a permanent franchise in London AND they want to have an eighteen game regular season schedule? That means the London team will have NINE road games across the Atlantic. That also means that NINE NFL teams will have road games across the Atlantic. How do you play a Thursday night game after a Sunday game when one of those games is in London? I mean, I get it that the owners are greedy beyond reason but has anyone really given the logistics of this any serious thought or are the players just robots to the owners? Sorry, that was a dumb question!

Kingfink1
Kingfink1

Why does everyone think LA should have a team? They've already had two chances to support a team and could not in either case. Also, the second biggest city in the US can't fill the USC and UCLA home games. London, on the other hand, actually sells out their games. This is about money, not who it would make feel good. Jacksonville is a terrible place for an NFL team, apparently, because they never fill their stadium. A team in London would essentially serve the entire UK population. In the US there are about 10 million people per team, give or take. There are about 65 million people in the UK. So, even if the sport is far less popular there than here, they would probably continue to fill the stadium every game.

Plus, for those of us who aren't hugely ethnocentric,  the notion of a foreign NFL team sounds way more interesting than LA or Jacksonville.

JoeAbello
JoeAbello

This is a stupid idea.  First of all, Los Angeles should get a franchise before any other markets get one.  Second, if you're going to expand outside of the U.S., I think putting a franchise in Canada makes much more sense than going overseas to the U.K.  Toronto or Vancouver would be markets that could support an NFL franchise.  The Bills play one home game a year in Toronto so the market has seen NFL football.

dyams
dyams

Jerry Jones should be more concerned with getting a NFL team in Dallas.

KevinClugston
KevinClugston

When the NFL can't manage to get a team back to L.A. why is ANYONE concerned with expanding to the U.K.?

GregJackson
GregJackson

I love American football, and soccer is my second favorite sport.   I am a huge fan of all things British.  That said, I don't think London should ever be mentioned as a place to play NFL football.  Do kids in England play American football?  No.  It's interesting to play a game there every year, but that is all.

BosephHeyden
BosephHeyden

If Roger Goodell and Jerry Jones are two huge proponents of something, 9 times out of 10 it means the idea is ridiculously stupid and everyone should wonder to themselves how these two buffoons have money and power.

WestcoastMD
WestcoastMD

I hope the NFL imposes the same blackout rule on any London team. Ridiculous to think American fans can't watch a game if they all don't have enough money to sell-out the stadium, but they're willing to ship a team out over the pond. And the answer is no, the NFL won't impose the same restrictions on any team in London. What a travesty,

Hola
Hola

How many Brits are on a NFL roster today?  Not many, if any.  Locals will not know the players.  The players will be Americans in a British city.  The support will not be there.  Brits loves their soccer.  It's easier and cheaper to play soccer than American football.  I don't think it would be a success.

Matthew W
Matthew W

Of course Jones wants a team in London, as long as its an expansion team and in the NFC Least so he can count on two more wins per season. Maybe then, his mediocre team can make the playoffs.

JagNative
JagNative

by all means, he should move his team there...

TerrapinStation87
TerrapinStation87

Expand into Liverpool. The Liverpool Day Trippers has a nice ring to it..

2001mark
2001mark

The sooner London gets a team, the sooner they'll lose it.  


So tired of this NFL to London chatter without any action.

Bearsclone
Bearsclone

Incredibly stupid idea.  I'm not sure why some people in the NFL are so obsessed with this idea.


funken_a
funken_a

ridiculous.. 

It doesn't have my support

The_truth_hurts
The_truth_hurts

He should relocate his sorry franchise to London. They would fit right in with those tea drinking Brits. 

rskins09
rskins09

@mystafugee     Go back say 10 years  when the NFL  had a  league in Europe ..Amsterdam, London, Frankford ,etc ...  It never caught on .. Attendance  at these was  OK but nothing spectacular ....People in Europe  DON'T  like American Football  overall ...They like soccer, cricket and other  sports way more than  the NFL ... I know they have the sellouts  when they  have  a few games  in England   but that's not the same  when you have a team  there  with eight home games ...The novelty is going to wear off real fast if  this happens - team in London .... Los Angeles   should have a franchise way before  London ... It ain't going to  work  and I'm a die hard football fan  ....

BosephHeyden
BosephHeyden

@mystafugee We're not complaining about it going "overseas".  We're complaining about having one team on the opposite side of the ocean as the other teams.  That's a considerable amount of travel for every team involved in this, especially considering there's no way they're going to give one team 8 consecutive home games.

It's a stupid idea logistically.  And it isn't even a financially sound idea:  NFL Europe bombed because the game just isn't that popular overseas.  The game draws crowds because it's a two game attraction every season.  Eight games?  That's going to give their fan base way too much time to figure out the kicker and punter aren't that important to the game.  And once they figure that part out, they're going to be moving that team right back to the US once they find a way to pay for the trip back.

Dumptruck
Dumptruck

@David G  I agree... him and his dog Toto (aka Jason Garrett) with him, too!

PWINGS
PWINGS

@skanee00   ".... You could argue it's a healthier sport to play than American football...."

You could? Rugby is played without any headgear. In American football, the head protection that's worn may be inadequate but at least it offers SOME protection. It is an attempt at protection. I have a couple of friends who play rugby, one of whom is a doctor and they each have told me they've had more than ten concussions apiece over the years.  If you feel rugby is safer, knock yourself out (literally and figuratively).

Slatlantican
Slatlantican

@Kingfink1 Well, I can't blame you for your ignorance, as no one in the media is telling you the facts. Well, the fact is, the Jaguars have not had a single game blacked out since 2009.  Since the last game in Jacksonville was blacked out, at least eight other teams have had games blacked out.  Some of those teams have had over half of their games blacked out in a season (here's looking at you, Bucs!), and some have come close to having PLAYOFF games blacked out.


The NFL in Jacksonville, with Shad Khan at the helm, isn't leaving anytime soon.

2001mark
2001mark

@JoeAbello  We don't want (to pay high prices) for team A vs team B NFL football, we want our own team & not the stupid Bills.



chris92021
chris92021

@Matthew W  Which is why he's the one banging the drum for expanding the playoffs. Sadly, Goodell is so spineless he is pushing it as well. 

GregJackson
GregJackson

@TerrapinStation87  Got a good reason for taking the easy way out

Got a good reason for taking the easy way out now
She was a day tripper, a one way ticket yeah
It took me so long to find out, and I found out

Centennial
Centennial

@Slatlantican @Kingfink1  


Perhaps the reason the JAGUARS haven't had any games blacked out since 2009 is that  fan numbers, moral and general lack of interest has dropped to such a low level that there is no way a blackout would or could force fans into their stadium - and would simply just further alienate them?