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Old 01-20-2012, 12:12 PM   #1
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Default wow! are the STL Rams taking steps to move to London?

are the St. Louis Rams taking the first steps toward moving to London? ...or will they just be designated to play a certain number of games there each year? (sort of like Detroit always playing on Thanskgiving).

they'll play games in London in each of the next 3 years.

http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news?slug=ap-nflinlondon

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Old 01-20-2012, 12:19 PM   #2
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I don't see a permanent move, for one thing, no players would want to be on a team that has to fly across the atlantic (and to the US West Coast) for games and I seriously doubt that the teams in their division would like to have to make the trip to London every year.
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Old 01-20-2012, 12:22 PM   #3
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That was my initial reaction, but it seems like such a nightmare logistically.
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Old 01-20-2012, 12:24 PM   #4
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I don't see a permanent move, for one thing, no players would want to be on a team that has to fly across the atlantic (and to the US West Coast) for games and I seriously doubt that the teams in their division would like to have to make the trip to London every year.
the NFL has said it wants to put a team there. STL wants to move. the owner owns a soccer team in the EPL. whether London gets an existing team or an expansion franchise, i don't know, but it wouldn't surprise me if it happens sometime in the next several years.
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Old 01-20-2012, 12:28 PM   #5
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Will never happen.

The NFL drastically overestimates the support it has in the UK/Europe.
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Old 01-20-2012, 12:29 PM   #6
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Stan the Man is the cable King. His local media rights could be astounding.
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Old 01-20-2012, 12:33 PM   #7
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I'd think there would be a team in Mexico City before there is one in London.


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Old 01-20-2012, 12:34 PM   #8
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I'd think there would be a team in Mexico City before there is one in London.


too many jokes, too little time...
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Old 01-20-2012, 12:41 PM   #9
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The Rams are about all the folks over there deserve.

Rams vs. Browns
Rams vs. Bills
Rams vs. Vikings

Do something like that.

Real ****ty football.
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Old 01-20-2012, 12:42 PM   #10
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Will never happen.

The NFL drastically overestimates the support it has in the UK/Europe.
Yeah, but that doesn't mean it wouldn't like to build support over there. It's hard to build a fan base with no locals to root for. Flying in a couple of teams with no ties to the area once a year basically amounts to an exhibition. Whether it counts to us as a regular season game doesn't matter over there. It's hard to make games matter to the locals unless it's 'their' team.

Then again this might just be a trial where they get the same team for a few years in a row to see if that helps spark any more interest. There may be enough interest in the UK to support an NFL franchise. But flying in different teams year after year isn't going to harness or build anything.
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Old 01-20-2012, 12:43 PM   #11
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And if a team was ever placed in Europe, they'd almost have to realign to put that team in one of the East divisions. Could you imagine the whole NFC West having to travel to London every year to play the Rams?
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Old 01-20-2012, 12:45 PM   #12
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Mexico City Drug Runners
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Old 01-20-2012, 12:47 PM   #13
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I'd go with the Coyotes myself.
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Mexico City El Guapos.


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Canada will get a team before anyone across the pond does. Looks like they're trying to gauge interest over there without putting together another NFLE league.
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Mexico City Plethoras.

Mexico City Chupacabras.

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Sure, move the team there and you are guaranteed at least 8 wins a year, but also guaranteed 8 losses a year. To much travel, but it seems to fit with Mr. 8-8 as their coach.
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Goodell and his London fixation. God that guy is such a retarded douchebag.
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Mexico City Plethoras.

Mexico City Chupacabras.

They have a plethora of fans.
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Will never happen.

The NFL drastically overestimates the support it has in the UK/Europe.
TV viewing figures have doubled inside 3 seasons and every single game has averaged over the 80k mark, only dropping below 80k for the first time this year. I also have no doubt that a British (London based) franchise would be far more successful financially that quite a few current NFL teams which are struggling like Jacksonville, Buffalo and Tampa.

We actually get more live coverage of the NFL now here than the majority of US based citizens and have Redzone.

I've also yet to hear one complaint from an NFL player about having to come over here. The majority love the break and the chance to get out of the US. Now obviously if Britain ever got a franchise, there would be issues with players relocating here especially the big names and they would need to be financially rewarded to make such a commitment.

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They have a plethora of fans.

Jefe, what is a plethora?


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Old 01-20-2012, 01:07 PM   #23
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Mexico City El Guapos.


I approve; however, coyotes or vaqueros works well too.
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TV viewing figures have doubled inside 3 seasons and every single game has averaged over the 80k mark, only dropping below 80k for the first time this year. I also have no doubt that a British (London based) franchise would be far more successful financially that quite a few current NFL teams which are struggling like Jacksonville, Buffalo and Tampa.

We actually get more live coverage of the NFL now here than the majority of US based citizens and have Redzone.
Do you get Redzone for free?
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Do you get Redzone for free?
Part of skysports package which the NFL live game are on. Full digital TV here costs about $90 a month.
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