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http://tsn.ca/nfl/story/?id=277366

According to the Sunday Telegraph, the NFL has assured London officials that their city will host the Super Bowl as early as 2014. An official announcement is expected at some point in the next 12 months.

I understand they want to expand globally, but there is no reason to be playing a Super Bowl in England. If they're not going to abide by their "no NFL team, no Super Bowl" mantra, then go back to Pasadena as well...

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From a kind of selfish point of view- WOOT!

I think the NFL is taking its life in its own hands hosting a Superbowl in London in February however! But then if London then why not New York or Boston?

There are obvious logistic question that need to be thought about- for instance is an afternoon (in the US) Superbowl ok? I don't think that logistics in the UK (transport etc) would allow the game to begin much later than 7 in the evening over here, which is about 2 ET. I think the Superbowl usually starts about 12.30 AM in the UK. A through the night game in the height of winter seems unlikely! It would be a fantastic spectacle though!

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Having read the two articles, my guess is that there may be a London bid for the 2014 Superbowl, but that its likely to stay in the States for the time being. I think there may be a Superbowl in London some time in the next decade (that is the title of the tsn report after all!) But I wonder if the NFL will use a bid by London for 2014 to figure out if US fans would allow that to happen.

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How would this work logistically?

If the NFL wants the game to start at 6:37 EST as it has recently, it would have to start at (correct me if I'm wrong) 11:37 GMT. Not a good way to endear yourselves to the locals.

I know that last year's Champions League final in Moscow started at 10:45 local time, but soccer games don't go nearly as long as the Super Bowl.

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If this ever does happen I would hope it starts at like 9 or 10pm UK time, meaning about 3 or 4pm here, it is only a few hours earlier than the other Super Bowls, and the NFL can expand its global interest.

However, I am totally against this. Will the Premier League ever hold its title game in the USA? No. (I know they don't actually have a title game) The NFL is a US league, the biggest game should not be overseas. I can understand a regular season game or two, but the Super Bowl should not be a 12 hour flight from any team.

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If this ever does happen I would hope it starts at like 9 or 10pm UK time, meaning about 3 or 4pm here, it is only a few hours earlier than the other Super Bowls, and the NFL can expand its global interest.

However, I am totally against this. Will the Premier League ever hold its title game in the USA? No. (I know they don't actually have a title game) The NFL is a US league, the biggest game should not be overseas. I can understand a regular season game or two, but the Super Bowl should not be a 12 hour flight from any team.

It would be like the Champions League final being held at the Rose Bowl. Never would happen. Supporters would go bat s--t crazy, and rightly so.

A Super Bowl in London would also suck for fans because the exchange rate doesn't favor Americans. Yet another reason why this should never happen.

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If London wants a Super Bowl they need to raise an NFL team and keep it viable for ten years like Jacksonville did. Oh, and put a dome on their stadium.

Another good point. If they'd play in an open air stadium in London (Feb 1 avg. temp of 47, i used 2/1 b/c that was this year's SB date) then how could they refuse to hold one in say, Charlotte (Feb 1 avg. temp of 53), Nashville (Feb 1 avg. 48) and then at that point why not just go ahead with Green Bay, New York, New England, Denver, Chicago, etc....so they'd be opening Pandora's box. It'd set a precedent.

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. Oh, and put a dome on their stadium.

We've got one in Wales - can we bid instead ?

In your face London! :D

I also reckon that field is better suited for NFL football than Wembley.

Heck, considering that they had to replace the Wembley pitch after Arsene Wenger bitched about it following the FA Cup semis, Millennium's might be better suited for that form of football too.

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I don't see this as so bad. Why worry about it? It's not like fans of the teams attend much anymore. They've whored it out to companies and taken away the personal fan touch, so why not throw it in another country that cares less about the game, the fans, and the two teams playing than the NFL does.

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I don't see this as so bad. Why worry about it? It's not like fans of the teams attend much anymore. They've whored it out to companies and taken away the personal fan touch, so why not throw it in another country that cares less about the game, the fans, and the two teams playing than the NFL does.

I'd almost believe that if it weren't for the fact that 3 of the last 4 at the least had pretty good size crowds of team supporters in attendance.

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I don't see this as so bad. Why worry about it? It's not like fans of the teams attend much anymore. They've whored it out to companies and taken away the personal fan touch, so why not throw it in another country that cares less about the game, the fans, and the two teams playing than the NFL does.

I'd almost believe that if it weren't for the fact that 3 of the last 4 at the least had pretty good size crowds of team supporters in attendance.

But look at the respective teams who played. New York, Boston and Chicago both have HUGE fan bases to draw from, Indy is always towards the top in popularity, Arizona and Seattle both have fast growing fan bases, and Pittsburgh might as well be the Yankees with their fan support.

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I don't see this as so bad. Why worry about it? It's not like fans of the teams attend much anymore. They've whored it out to companies and taken away the personal fan touch, so why not throw it in another country that cares less about the game, the fans, and the two teams playing than the NFL does.

I'd almost believe that if it weren't for the fact that 3 of the last 4 at the least had pretty good size crowds of team supporters in attendance.

But look at the respective teams who played. New York, Boston and Chicago both have HUGE fan bases to draw from, Indy is always towards the top in popularity, Arizona and Seattle both have fast growing fan bases, and Pittsburgh might as well be the Yankees with their fan support.

And the NFL is about to lose the salary cap, in turn enabling such teams to perennially show up in the Super Bowl. So really, the supporters should always be expected to be there.

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I don't see this as so bad. Why worry about it? It's not like fans of the teams attend much anymore. They've whored it out to companies and taken away the personal fan touch, so why not throw it in another country that cares less about the game, the fans, and the two teams playing than the NFL does.

I'd almost believe that if it weren't for the fact that 3 of the last 4 at the least had pretty good size crowds of team supporters in attendance.

But look at the respective teams who played. New York, Boston and Chicago both have HUGE fan bases to draw from, Indy is always towards the top in popularity, Arizona and Seattle both have fast growing fan bases, and Pittsburgh might as well be the Yankees with their fan support.

And the NFL is about to lose the salary cap, in turn enabling such teams to perennially show up in the Super Bowl. So really, the supporters should always be expected to be there.

That's great, but if by some miracle Dallas and Pittsburgh are sitting home watching Tampa play Tennessee (or any other teams in mid level US markets for that matter) in London, what real difference would it make?

Either way, I still think moving the Super Bowl makes as much sense as shipping a package to your next door neighbor via Fed Ex.

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I think its a bit unfair to suggest that the UK could care less about football. Wembley has been sold out twice for NFL games, and since the 80s has had a fairly solid fan base. I would reiterate that this is probably unlikely to happen soon, but its not totally unlikely to happen in the future.

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I'm fine with exhibition games abroad and still not too keen on regular season games abroad. For the most part I'm glad to see the NFL sell out games in England and Mexico and gain new fan bases. However, this is not grounds for securing a Super Bowl.

I'd rather deserving NFL teams like Chicago, New York, Green Bay, Washington, Philadelphia, Denver, and New England get to host. I'd rather have a frigid, snow-covered Super Bowl than no Super Bowl in the states...this would be the biggest slap in the face to the fans of teams that never get Super Bowls due to cold weather.

Goodell enabling this would be career suicide.

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I don't see this as so bad. Why worry about it? It's not like fans of the teams attend much anymore. They've whored it out to companies and taken away the personal fan touch, so why not throw it in another country that cares less about the game, the fans, and the two teams playing than the NFL does.

I'd almost believe that if it weren't for the fact that 3 of the last 4 at the least had pretty good size crowds of team supporters in attendance.

But look at the respective teams who played. New York, Boston and Chicago both have HUGE fan bases to draw from, Indy is always towards the top in popularity, Arizona and Seattle both have fast growing fan bases, and Pittsburgh might as well be the Yankees with their fan support.

And the NFL is about to lose the salary cap, in turn enabling such teams to perennially show up in the Super Bowl. So really, the supporters should always be expected to be there.

It is true that with all of the revenue sharing in the NFL, even the small-market teams like Indy will still have some money to spend, but overall, those teams simply cannot compete with the local revenue garnered by the NYs, CHI, NE, PHI, DAL, WAS, and a couple of others. Don't be surprised if PIT has trouble competing in an un-capped world too. The Colts better do everything in their power to ensure that the cap doesn't go anywhere.

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