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07:58 AM ET 10.31 | Games across the pond may become even more frequent than in recent years. National Football League franchises are in talks with London Mayor Boris Johnson???s office over becoming the anchor tenant of the Olympic Stadium, Telegraph Sport can reveal. ... A spokesman for the mayor, who recently signed a deal doubling the number of regular-season match days the NFL spends in the city to two, said: "Given the ever-growing popularity of gridiron this side of the Atlantic the mayor and his team have held a number of meetings with senior executives in the last few days to explore further opportunities for NFL in London. "The talks were exploratory and we are at an early stage but the signs are encouraging."

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October 31, 2012  08:06 AM ET

The London Fancy Boys?

October 31, 2012  08:08 AM ET

Instead of playing in London, since the Pro Bowl is going bye-bye, why not have games in Hawaii? Better yet, get a team in Hawaii. Guys would kill to play there.

October 31, 2012  08:17 AM ET

Whenever a team plays in London, they schedule a bye for them the next week. The travel, time change and jet lag are a worse hit than playing a Monday Night game and then playing again on Sunday.

One or two games a year is a novelty. Eight games, plus pre-season, might not fill the stadium quite as often.

October 31, 2012  08:26 AM ET

Notice that our little game is referred to as "gridiron" over there...


Quaint.

October 31, 2012  08:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Notice that our little game is referred to as "gridiron" over there... Quaint.

Notice that one of the networks is now putting "fussboll" scores on the scroll at the bottom during NFL games.

October 31, 2012  09:00 AM ET

Tea and Crumpets at halftime?, Maybe the crowd could stomp the divots back like a Polo match...I see major Logistics problems with this on a regular basis.

October 31, 2012  09:12 AM ET
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Tea and Crumpets at halftime?, Maybe the crowd could stomp the divots back like a Polo match...I see major Logistics problems with this on a regular basis.

Indeed. British fans will have no idea why they cut off tea sales after the third quarter.

And they will have to bring all their food already overcooked to inedibility before the game, because they won't have enough time to do that tailgating.

October 31, 2012  09:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Tea and Crumpets at halftime?, Maybe the crowd could stomp the divots back like a Polo match...I see major Logistics problems with this on a regular basis.

Actually, I would be more concerned about soccer fan level craziness - could make Eagles fans look tame.

October 31, 2012  09:31 AM ET
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And they will have to bring all their food already overcooked to inedibility before the game, because they won't have enough time to do that tailgating.

Bangers and mash.

October 31, 2012  09:33 AM ET
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Bangers and mash.

That's an option.

But, the NFL will have to bring over thousands of station wagons and SUVs because I don't think the Brits make any cars with tailgates. Land Rovers, maybe?

October 31, 2012  09:44 AM ET

Brit-bashing aside, I too have serious doubts about filling a stadium for 8 home games a season. Empty seats at games makes this venture a failure, regardless of the economics attached. Money solves nearly every problem, but the PR disaster on both sides of the pond created by empty seats would be something NFL would not be able to continue living with for any period of time.

October 31, 2012  09:45 AM ET
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Notice that our little game is referred to as "gridiron" over there... Quaint.

You gotta admit Otis that calling a game played with your hands, "football" doesn't exactly make sense... besides their "football" has been around longer than ours.

October 31, 2012  09:51 AM ET
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That's an option.But, the NFL will have to bring over thousands of station wagons and SUVs because I don't think the Brits make any cars with tailgates. Land Rovers, maybe?

Lorries?

October 31, 2012  10:20 AM ET

How to get beat up in America: "Say, chaps, anyone fancy a rousing contest of Gridiron?"

October 31, 2012  10:25 AM ET

This could be a bad move for NFL Teams, espeacially the smaller market teams, expanding to more games is not good, thats just one less game that could be a home game for that team, then you have the long distance travel issues, that was one reason the NFL realigned there divisions,was to cut down on travel distances.

October 31, 2012  10:31 AM ET
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Notice that one of the networks is now putting "fussboll" scores on the scroll at the bottom during NFL games.

I hadn't noticed--is it the network owned by Rupert Murdoch?

October 31, 2012  10:40 AM ET

Jaguars to Londene: Timmy T. by the Thames. Yeah, baby! (Nice commute for West Coast teams.)

October 31, 2012  10:56 AM ET
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I hadn't noticed--is it the network owned by Rupert Murdoch?

Apparently not, or the woes of the Jags and Jets would be blamed on Obama in the crawler.

 
October 31, 2012  12:47 PM ET
QUOTE(#17):

I hadn't noticed--is it the network owned by Rupert Murdoch?

Not sure. I just wish they'd stop with all the fantasy stats and just give us the scores.

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