Updated Oct 26, 2013 9: 35 PM ET
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says the NFL’s overseas success doesn’t mean the Extremely Bowl is crossing the Atlantic or that the league is going back to continental Europe.
Goodell said the particular expansion from two to three NFL regular-season games starting next season has the league exploring how to continue developing its International Series brand. More games could come to London, that will need a franchise before it can actually dream of hosting the Super Dish. And that is some time away.
”We don’t have a timetable for (a London franchise). We want to continue building interest, and if this continues to go well we believe a franchise could be here. The particular Super Bowl won’t be played anywhere where we don’t have a franchise, ” Goodell said on Sunday.
Goodell also discussed the league possibly returning to Los Angeles.
“I’d love to be back in Los Angeles. However it has to be done the right way, we have to get it done successfully…
“I want both [London and LA], however it doesn’t matter which one is first. inch
The NFL created a European league in the 1990’s that had teams based in in the uk, Germany, the Netherlands, and Spain, prior to it folded in 2007.
”Right now, our own focus is on the U. Nited kingdom. since the European fans can get right here. We want to build on our success right here, and whether it leads to an everlasting franchise or not, then we can see. What goes on here will dictate that. ”
Goodell stated demand from NFL teams to play in London was more than it could handle, and that a game could be held within Sunday prime-time hours next year. Monday and Thursday night games working in london have been ruled out, as has holding preseason games or the Pro Dish overseas.
Goodell applauded the Jacksonville Jaguars for embracing the International Series, with the Florida-based team signed up to play four regular season ”home” video games at Wembley Stadium over 4 years. The first is on Sunday contrary to the San Francisco 49ers.
”Jacksonville is an interesting experiment. I think fans there see that it’s good for their community, that it’s putting The city of jacksonville on a global stage, ” Goodell said while addressing some Jaguars fans complaints about losing one home game over these four seasons. ”Whenever there is going to be change, there is certainly going to be resistance to change. ”
Goodell met with a selection of NFL fans together with 49ers great Joe Montana and former Jaguars offensive lineman Tony Boselli on Saturday.
The enthusiasm of overseas NFL fans was palpable inside the Grand Ballroom of the Landmark Resort, with a scattering of NFL group jerseys in the audience featuring titles such as Brady, Kaepernick, Bettis as well as Tebow.
Therefore while local fans are savoring the experiment, they are not expecting the London-based franchise to arrive any time soon.
”It’s a group sport here, you don’t see individuals out in the park throwing an American football around. It’s all about this spectacle. I won’t wear this jersey unless there’s an event on, ” said 42-year-old Jonathan Gardner, clad in his orange Denver Broncos jersey featuring John Elway’s No . seven.
While Gardner was beaming with being in a room surrounded by so many fellow football fans and the presence of Montana, he was careful that the future would feature anything beyond regular season visits.
”I don’t get a franchise coming here, ” stated Gardner, who played amateur football in his native Belfast as a teen. ”Football still has to overcome a load of prejudices here, many people believe they aren’t real athletes and compare them to rugby players, who are just as physical but don’t require pads. ”
Goodell fielded questions about the Wa Redskins name controversy (”we need to listen to people with a different viewpoint and are doing that”); the idea of women being involved in the NFL (”there will be a girl official on the field in the next 12 months or so”); and the prospects of the Los Angeles franchise (”we’ve got to this right, we’re not going to go back presently there until it’s ready”).
But it was Montana who else won fans over when questioned what he would do if designated NFL commissioner for a day.
”I’d put the franchise over here, ” Montana said.
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