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Europe expansion behind 18-game schedule?

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10:42 AM ET 02.06 | Based on conversations last week, it's not difficult to see what the NFL's long-term plan is: a conference in Europe and other places. That's why it is pushing so hard for more regular-season games overseas, especially once the CBA is done. It wants to establish a base for the game and then put teams over there, likely decades down the line. The idea is to make it a true world game.

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February 6, 2011  10:48 AM ET

The European indulgence is a fantasy. It won't work. The European Football is not even on par with top College teams. Sure on occasion a guy goes there, improves and makes an impact in the NFL but overall it is filled with 4-5th tier guys. Living overseas is not for everyone, players and their families would not dig it.

Every year we endure the West Coast teams playing early games on the East coast debate, now they want to send teams to Europe as well, and I assume bring those teams to play here? Redonkulous

February 6, 2011  10:49 AM ET

I don't see this happening! maybe Canada but not Europe.

February 6, 2011  10:56 AM ET

If Europe wants American Football they can start their own league.

February 6, 2011  10:57 AM ET

Watch "Damn United" on Netflix last night. Pretty good flic about coaching, GMs, and large Egos. I kept inserting J Jones and J Johnson and Barry Switzer in the film and it was suitable for NFL as well.

February 6, 2011  11:01 AM ET

lay down the crack pipe and step away from the podium...

February 6, 2011  11:04 AM ET

European expansion is never the answer. Just ask the Germans.

February 6, 2011  11:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

European expansion is never the answer. Just ask the Germans.

LOL!

February 6, 2011  11:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

European expansion is never the answer. Just ask the Germans.

They too truly believed.........

February 6, 2011  11:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

They to truly believed.........

*fixed it

February 6, 2011  11:09 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

European expansion is never the answer. Just ask the Germans.

Nicely done. I believe the French might have some points in the conversation too.

February 6, 2011  11:13 AM ET

Just like they can play "Soccer" here in this country all they want we will only look at it as a novelty and vice versa regarding our NFL football over there. Don't forget Rugby has a huge following in Europe and is International all the way to South Africa and New Zealand. Good luck shoe horning NFL ball into that.

February 6, 2011  11:14 AM ET

This has possibilities. I can see it now: The London Bridges. But the only thing they do is run on the left and pass on the right. Easy to defend.

February 6, 2011  11:14 AM ET

What is this crack head up too.

February 6, 2011  11:23 AM ET

NFL's march to madness.

February 6, 2011  11:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

This has possibilities. I can see it now: The London Bridges. But the only thing they do is run on the left and pass on the right. Easy to defend.

Now that's funny!!

February 6, 2011  11:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

The European indulgence is a fantasy. It won't work. The European Football is not even on par with top College teams. Sure on occasion a guy goes there, improves and makes an impact in the NFL but overall it is filled with 4-5th tier guys. Living overseas is not for everyone, players and their families would not dig it. Every year we endure the West Coast teams playing early games on the East coast debate, now they want to send teams to Europe as well, and I assume bring those teams to play here? Redonkulous

It's only about 6 hours earlier the east coast time. You'd have to get up pretty early if you're on the west coast to watch a 1 pm start time.

February 6, 2011  11:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

NFL's march to madness.

Is that a pun that they won't be satisfied until they are playing in March? Maybe it will be like hockey? 10 month a year?

February 6, 2011  11:27 AM ET
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It's only about 6 hours earlier the east coast time. You'd have to get up pretty early if you're on the west coast to watch a 1 pm start time.

I remember as a kid watching the original "RollerBall" with James Caan and seeing them travel all over the world to play (and die) and thinking with the Time Zone thing it wouldn't be possible. Maybe Goodell sits in his office with Jerry and watches the RollerBall movie over and over?

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February 6, 2011  11:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

European expansion is never the answer. Just ask the Germans.

Game. set. match.

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