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Old 05-03-2009, 09:48 AM   #1
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LONDON -- London has launched an audacious bid to stage the Super Bowl within the next eight years, a move that would see the United States' biggest sporting event played overseas for the first time, the Sunday Telegraph has reported.

According to the newspaper, representatives from the Mayor of London's office and Visit London, the city's official visitor organization, have received assurances from the National Football League of a commitment to hold the event in London.

The NFL has already staged two sellout regular-season games at Wembley Stadium, with a third scheduled for this October.

"We are looking at 2014, 2015 or 2017," David Hornby, the commercial director for Visit London was quoted as saying.

Talks have been ongoing with the NFL, which has identified London as the outstanding candidate city to host the event outside of the United States, according to the report.

Commissioner Roger Goodell said last week that the league is not considering playing its championship game in London. He shot down a BBC Sport report that "'substantive talks" were under way between the NFL and London officials.

"We have never looked at London or Mexico City as a site," he said.

According to the Sunday Telegraph, the Super Bowl could be worth $521.1 million to the London economy, although the newspaper also quotes an unnamed NFL spokesman as saying: "The suggestions about London are only theoretical. There is no bid document."

However, Wembley Stadium commercial director Jonathan Gregory said: "We will do everything we can to work with the NFL and help bring this amazing event to London."
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Old 05-03-2009, 09:52 AM   #2
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Give it to them, studies have shown the draining effect of the superbowl on local economies - it kills them.

Costs tax payer dollars to host an event like that, and most of the money tourists spend is on NFL souvenirs. of course, trend could change when you bring it to a different country but, the superbowl doesn't do anything but make the NFL rich when its hosted in the US.
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Old 05-03-2009, 10:01 AM   #3
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Give it to them, studies have shown the draining effect of the superbowl on local economies - it kills them.

Costs tax payer dollars to host an event like that, and most of the money tourists spend is on NFL souvenirs. of course, trend could change when you bring it to a different country but, the superbowl doesn't do anything but make the NFL rich when its hosted in the US.
They have the olympics in 2016, so they will not have to spend a lot of extra to host the super bowl since they can use existing facilities and infrastructure.
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Old 05-03-2009, 10:03 AM   #4
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Man, I hope they don't get it. This is American football, it needs to stay within our borders.
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That would be really gay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 05-03-2009, 10:31 AM   #6
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That would be really gay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
It would totally be homosexual!
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Old 05-03-2009, 10:49 AM   #7
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Old 05-03-2009, 10:51 AM   #8
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I would be shocked if London ever got one. We've had the discussion a dozen times but Denver deserves one before London!
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Old 05-03-2009, 11:11 AM   #9
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I would be shocked if London ever got one. We've had the discussion a dozen times but Denver deserves one before London!

Isn't the spin on Denver not getting one because of the open stadium and it may be too cold? Well, if those limey bastards get one, the stadium better be covered!

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Q: We'll be in London during February. What kind of weather can we expect and what is the average precipitation?

A: The average February high and low temperatures are 45 and 36 degrees F. The warmest and coldest on record are 64 and 16 degrees. An average of 1.4 inches of rain falls during February with nine days of the month on the average having at least 0.01 inch of rain. London also tends to be cloudy in February, averaging three hours a day of sunshine during the month.
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Old 05-03-2009, 11:16 AM   #10
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LONDON -- London has launched an audacious bid to stage the Super Bowl within the next eight years, a move that would see the United States' biggest sporting event played overseas for the first time, the Sunday Telegraph has reported.

According to the newspaper, representatives from the Mayor of London's office and Visit London, the city's official visitor organization, have received assurances from the National Football League of a commitment to hold the event in London.

The NFL has already staged two sellout regular-season games at Wembley Stadium, with a third scheduled for this October.

"We are looking at 2014, 2015 or 2017," David Hornby, the commercial director for Visit London was quoted as saying.

Talks have been ongoing with the NFL, which has identified London as the outstanding candidate city to host the event outside of the United States, according to the report.

Commissioner Roger Goodell said last week that the league is not considering playing its championship game in London. He shot down a BBC Sport report that "'substantive talks" were under way between the NFL and London officials.

"We have never looked at London or Mexico City as a site," he said.

According to the Sunday Telegraph, the Super Bowl could be worth $521.1 million to the London economy, although the newspaper also quotes an unnamed NFL spokesman as saying: "The suggestions about London are only theoretical. There is no bid document."

However, Wembley Stadium commercial director Jonathan Gregory said: "We will do everything we can to work with the NFL and help bring this amazing event to London."
You know whats funny. London wants the super bowl and obama wants the world cup. WTF.
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Old 05-03-2009, 11:43 AM   #11
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FYI London has the olympics in 2012, not 2016. I'm all for it. I'd love to see american football grow into something international. You have no idea how saddening it was not to be able to play growing up, having to opt for rugby instead.
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Old 05-03-2009, 11:44 AM   #12
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I would be shocked if London ever got one. We've had the discussion a dozen times but Denver deserves one before London!
Yeah, if Detoilet got one Denver should as well...™
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Old 05-03-2009, 11:47 AM   #13
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London will get nothing and like it!

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Old 05-03-2009, 11:59 AM   #14
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Isn't the spin on Denver not getting one because of the open stadium and it may be too cold? Well, if those limey bastards get one, the stadium better be covered!

From USAToday.com

Q: We'll be in London during February. What kind of weather can we expect and what is the average precipitation?

A: The average February high and low temperatures are 45 and 36 degrees F. The warmest and coldest on record are 64 and 16 degrees. An average of 1.4 inches of rain falls during February with nine days of the month on the average having at least 0.01 inch of rain. London also tends to be cloudy in February, averaging three hours a day of sunshine during the month.
I wonder if the NFL is aware of the monsoon conditions the teams would have to endure.
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Old 05-03-2009, 12:03 PM   #15
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**** that! Once you boys over there can field several decent football teams and then can make your own little playoff structure ... then you can make your own damn superbowl.
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Old 05-03-2009, 12:21 PM   #16
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I hope they get one, just to piss people off.

THIS IS AMERICA! GET R DONE!
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Old 05-03-2009, 12:24 PM   #17
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America's biggest sports event in another country, now that makes sense.
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Old 05-03-2009, 12:31 PM   #18
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Man, I hope they don't get it. This is American football, it needs to stay within our borders.
Agreed 100%.
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Old 05-03-2009, 01:46 PM   #19
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I'm far from being a xenophobe, but I just can't see how the Super Bowl would do well there.
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Old 05-03-2009, 02:31 PM   #20
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I would see protest from 24 teams that would prefer to host a superbowl in their stadiums. Denver averages 300 days of sunshine a year, and its Colorado for heaven's sake. It could be 60 degrees the day of the superbowl and a foot of snow the day after.

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What time are they going to play the game? Midnight? Doesn't work.
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Old 05-03-2009, 03:28 PM   #22
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I dont see a problem with it.
I have never been to a superbowl, but have still enjoyed watching it on tv.

It appears there is a demand for it, as evident by the NFL games being sold out over there
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Old 05-03-2009, 04:43 PM   #23
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I don't like it, fans of the teams in the super bowl should get an opportunity to go see their team play, and making them pay an outrageous price to get all the way over to London isn't fair.
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Old 05-03-2009, 04:47 PM   #24
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Can they offer a field that doesn't come apart in chunks like the last time we were there if they were to get a SB? ( football isn't soccer) the turf takes alot more abuse.
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Man, I hope they don't get it. This is American football, it needs to stay within our borders.
The NFL is turning into a circus! Go ahead and pimp the SB overseas. The
60's, 70's, 80's, and early 90's saw the NFL at its hey day and best.

Its only a matter of time before the owners ruin the NFL. From moving the Pro Bowl from Hawaii to playing the Pro Bowl before the SB.

Now the owners want to add two more games to the regular going from 16 to 18 games. Like the records being broken today aren't already over inflated b/c many records were set when the NFL played 12-14 to 16 games.

The fans are the real idiots, b/c they'll cheer and turn into a big event when they're player or team breaks a record having played 18 games, when the original record was set while playing only 14 games!!! One only needs to look at the inflated passing yards, receptions, receptions yards and the records broken b/c the owners hand cuffed the defense and gave the offense all the advantages b/c the IDIOT FANS! wanted more SCORING!!!

Hell when Jim Brown was racking up 1500-1800 yards, he did it with a 12-14 game seasons and not 16-18 games. Now a player playing an 18 game schedule needs to only avg. 83 yards a game to achieve the 1500 yd mark vs needing to avg 125 yds per game when the NFL played only 12 games a season.

Sheeeeesh......whats next! Will Jerry Jones be given an extra win before the season starts b/c their INFLATED PRACTICE facility was destroyed by strong wins!!!
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