Originally posted by English:
Originally posted by FredFlintstone:
retarded, the brits dont care about any other sport than soccer and it wont change. why force our players to fly all the way to england and try to force them to like real football? i for 1 do not want the 9ers flying all the way to freaking england to play a gm.
So how come all those people watch Rugby Union, Rugby League and Cricket?
And Motor Racing, Tennis, Golf, Athletics, Boxing..........
I understand the reluctance to the idea of the sport moving overseas for game but the reality is that for any sport to grow then decisions, and by that I mean at times difficult and disliked ones, will have to be made.
I applaud Goodell for his vision here. He knows that there are followers from other countries. He also knows that he has a marketable product. People should be aware that whilst this year took a little longer to sell out, which is understandable considering the current economic climate, 85,000 people are still going to watch it and last year the NFL match up recorded the most profits of a sports event in the history of Wembley. For those with no knowledge of this stadium then rest assured it has hosted some true GLOBAL events.
There is a great deal of interest in the sport over here. Its one of the fastest growing sports in University and the coverage of our own domestic leagues is increasing. Of course you have to understand that we are the island that created Football and Rugby. The foundations of Modern Gridiron. And those sports have been with us for well over a hundred years. You can't just switch that all off. It takes commitment, patience and reward for effort if you wish to break into a new market. Hence the reason there is new found speculation over increased games.
NFL Europe did flounder although it would be remiss to believe that this was a sign of any refusal to accept the game. The real problem was the league came too late, was too poorly structured, too poorly advertised and not enough commitment from the NFL to do anything about it. More could have been done.
I don't believe 4 games will ever come about frankly but I think 2 is manageable. You have to understand that whilst as a fan of say Miami you might be pissed off that you are losing a game at home you should be thinking this is an opportunity to bring the game abroad. By that I mean the fans. We have nothing like Tailgating over here.
Unfortunately, periods of football related violence nationwide has turned the atmosphere of games from one of fun to one of hate. Fans do not mix. This is slightly relaxed in rugby but its still nothing like the NFL. In the UK you are shepherd into the stadium to watch the game and then instructed to leave. Pronto. Its like a cattle show. The fans of the NFL are a major asset for the league. I for one would encourage them to travel and show us how to enjoy the game day.
A London franchise is possible yes but it would take a long time to plan. If the same commitment is around 5 or 6 years from now then the option of a UK franchise is one the NFL should not turn its noses up. I agree that it might be perceived as complete home field advantage but show me a team in the NFL that doesn't get that nowadays? As for the draft I think some players may be concerned about travelling but I suspect a professional well-rounded individual to give the prospect of living in a new culture some real thought. Nothing to say he couldn't return during the offseason. Many players don't live with their teams. Also I think more stress would be put on the UK franchise to uncover foreign talent to fill the roster than picking from the draft. I still think its way off from ever happening mind.
I think at the moment nothing is in discussion. It is purely speculation that is a consequence of the hype the game brings.
Originally posted by NeeJ49er:
Originally posted by susweel:
Thats pretty stupid because nobody in the UK even gives a f**k about american football.
If I was a team owner I would b***h and moan about it, especially with all the terrorist BS going on, wouldnt want my team at risk of being attacked by these crazy b*****ds
As for the above. I understand your initial reaction to be upset but shame on you. This is not the forum for comments such as those and certainly not the one for such ignorance of not only our history but of America's too. There is terrorism in all nations.
[ Edited by Envy on Oct 24, 2009 at 10:04 AM ]