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NFL could touch down in Ireland with Steelers

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08:03 AM ET 06.21 | Notre Dame playing in Ireland made for a perfect match, but, with Dan Rooney's role as Ambassador to Ireland, the idea of the Steelers playing in the Emerald Isle might pick up steam. Since 2005, the NFL has played a regular season game -- a competitive mid-season match rather than a friendly or pre-season game -- at Wembley Stadium in London, in front of enthusiastic crowds of around 80,000 each time. It's an experiment set to continue in October, when the New England Patriots will face the St Louis Rams. The success and appeal of this 'exported' fixture means that other cities now clamour to host a game, and with the NFL now considering a second fixture overseas, Dublin is emerging as a prime candidate.

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June 21, 2012  08:15 AM ET

No way the Steelers will give up a home game. They'll need to find a willing partner in, say, the Jaguars who struggle to sell out at home.

June 21, 2012  08:23 AM ET

The Lambs have already signed on to play one home game in each of the next 3 seasons in London. The league has committed to games for 5 years, but all at Wembley Stadium in London.

June 21, 2012  08:29 AM ET
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The Lambs have already signed on to play one home game in each of the next 3 seasons in London. The league has committed to games for 5 years, but all at Wembley Stadium in London.

Big place, can sell lots of tickets

June 21, 2012  08:44 AM ET
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Big place, can sell lots of tickets

Last year's Bears-Bucs game was the first one that wasn't a sellout.

When you're talking about a "competitive, mid-season match" you usually don't think of the Bucs or the Rams, though.

June 21, 2012  08:50 AM ET

That Clemens video up there is really slowing down the page loads. If you disable Flash, you'll find it's much easier to slack off and post.

June 21, 2012  08:55 AM ET

This would be pretty cool.

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June 21, 2012  09:03 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

No way the Steelers will give up a home game. They'll need to find a willing partner in, say, the Jaguars who struggle to sell out at home.

You're right there. I can see this happening - there are quite a few teams that would give up a home game for the chance to play the Steelers there.

June 21, 2012  09:04 AM ET

The owners are looking for the leprechauns with the pot of gold.

June 21, 2012  09:13 AM ET

Ireland should to Dublin/Glaskow Match!

June 21, 2012  09:15 AM ET

U2 could play at half time.

June 21, 2012  09:16 AM ET
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Last year's Bears-Bucs game was the first one that wasn't a sellout.When you're talking about a "competitive, mid-season match" you usually don't think of the Bucs or the Rams, though.

I guess they're more willing to give up a home game.

June 21, 2012  09:22 AM ET
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I guess they're more willing to give up a home game.

And kick sand in the face of their home fans.

It's an even longer flight from LA.

June 21, 2012  09:48 AM ET

So if JJ becomes the Ambassador to Germany, that means that the Cowboys will be playing a game in Berlin. At least according to the BBC.

Anyone notice that there is not one league or Steelers source cited for this so called article So this falls on the wild **** rumor side of T&R.

June 21, 2012  09:56 AM ET
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So if JJ becomes the Ambassador to Germany, that means that the Cowboys will be playing a game in Berlin. At least according to the BBC. Anyone notice that there is not one league or Steelers source cited for this so called article So this falls on the wild **** rumor side of T&R.

It's from a article published in the Tribune Review ...here's a link

http://triblive.com/sports/2066025-85/game-nfl-steelers-rooney-ireland-lea gue-season-series-dan-bbc

June 21, 2012  11:08 AM ET
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You're right there. I can see this happening - there are quite a few teams that would give up a home game for the chance to play the Steelers there.

Gotta love Pittsburgh fans who believe other teams will line up - AND give up a home date - to play the Steelers in Europe. Memo to Steeler fans - your team isn't the glamour team of the NFL, and hasn't been since Terry Bradshaw retired. But I guess since you people support a two time (that we know of) rapist, the fact that logic escapes you isn't all the surprising...

June 21, 2012  11:17 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

You're right there. I can see this happening - there are quite a few teams that would give up a home game for the chance to play the Steelers there.

whats the big deal about playing the Steelers?

June 21, 2012  11:20 AM ET
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Gotta love Pittsburgh fans who believe other teams will line up - AND give up a home date - to play the Steelers in Europe. Memo to Steeler fans - your team isn't the glamour team of the NFL, and hasn't been since Terry Bradshaw retired. But I guess since you people support a two time (that we know of) rapist, the fact that logic escapes you isn't all the surprising...

LOL......and don't forget Mr. Sandusky.

June 21, 2012  12:31 PM ET
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LOL......and don't forget Mr. Sandusky.

I loved the defense summation this morning. Since Sandusky had access to thousands of little boys but only got accused by 10 means he is innocent.

 
June 21, 2012  12:36 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

The owners are looking for the leprechauns with the pot of gold.

Move the Jets to Ireland.

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