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    NFL in talks on London Super Bowl
    By Tim Love


    The NFL has had 'substantive talks' with officials in London about holding the Super Bowl in the city, a senior league official has told BBC Sport.

    While commissioner Roger Goodell has previously admitted an interest in bringing the game to London, this is the first confirmation of discussions.

    "We've spoken on what it would take to host and for us to bring it over," said events vice-president Frank Supovitz.

    "The city has all the facilities needed, and in great quantity."

    Supovitz was talking in New York City where the NFL Draft will take place this weekend.

    "We have had very substantive conversations with the city of London. We've got to the point of exploring the bid document," he added.

    "I don't think it's an unrealistic prospect at all" - Mark Waller, NFL Head of Sales

    Visit London, the capital's official visitor organisation, confirmed that it was pursuing a long-term ambition to bring the Super Bowl to the city.

    "Ever since the NFL began playing games in London we have been in discussions with the NFL about what is involved in staging Super Bowl from the host city perspective," said commercial director David Hornby.

    "It continues to be something we discuss on a regular basis, without there being any specific timetable or plan in place."

    The venues for the next three Super Bowls have already been decided with Dolphin Stadium in Florida, Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Texas and the Lucas Oil Stadium in Indiana putting together successful bids.

    But London has become the focal point for the NFL's desire to expand the sport globally, and bringing the sport's showpiece event to the city appears to be a real possibility.

    Mark Waller, NFL Head of Sales and Marketing, said: "The NFL is a global property, has a global audience, and London is an incredible city from a sports fan's perspective. I don't think it's an unrealistic prospect at all."

    There is certainly good reason for the NFL to believe that a Super Bowl in London would create sufficient interest for the game to be a success.

    In October 2007, the NFL staged its first regular season game outside of the Americas, with over 80,000 fans at Wembley watching the New York Giants defeat the Miami Dolphins.

    Last year, 83,000 supporters turned out to watch the New Orleans Saints beat the San Diego Chargers.

    Visit London estimate that the match brought about 20m to the city with 7,000 team employees, sponsors and their guests crossing the Atlantic.

    Tickets for this year's game in October between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the New England Patriots sold out more quickly than for the previous two contests.

    However, if London is to host one of the biggest sporting events in the world, it will not be for quite some time.

    "It won't happen in the next three or four years because we know where the Super Bowls will be, but these are exciting opportunities for us," Supovitz said.
    BBC

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    Interesting. American Football's a fast growing sport over here and the Superbowl would certainly raise the profile but it has a massive way to go before overtaking Football (soccer). I don't see this as much more than a marketing stunt of epic proportions and I don't imagine it's going to be too popular in America...

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    Hell no thats the dumbest thing I've ever heard. If you want to get other countries involved with the NFL thats fine but its still Americas game, the Super Bowl shouldn't be played anywhere but here.

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    • #3
      American football fans would be PISSED if they did this. I mean like millions and millions of people, hella pissed off. I get Goodell's push of the game overseas but this would be a major mistake.

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      • #4
        I just saw this and I'm already super pissed off. If this happens , Goodell needs to go. He has no idea how much it would anger people.

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        • #5
          I am only against it because whatever city hosts the SB makes a lot of money and I would prefer to improve the economy of an American city.

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          • #6
            that's not why we american football.

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            • #7
              NOoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo oooooo

              there is no way the owners would pass this unless they are going to make a **** load in their pocket.

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              • #8
                How man fans from America would travel to London to see the game? How many foreign travelers travel to see the Super Bowl now? This move could pay off big for the NFL if there is a big turnout to a London game, but what does that do to fans here? If London goes big then you know there will be a Paris Super Bowl, then a Berlin one, then one in Barcelona, etc. How far are you willing to go before you start to lose your big audience? This is a wait and see move for me. If they hold this it won't have any personal bearing, because I won't be attending a Super Bowl unless it's in my town anyways. It'll just be another Super Bowl at a far off site that I wouldn't go to anyway.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Brent View Post
                  that's not why we american football.
                  ******* beat me to it. I would definitely protest that.

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                  • #10
                    The fact that this is even in discussion is a complete joke. I'm not even going to get into it, but this is just terrible. Goodell would need to get the boot if this happened. I'm Canadian, but i totally agree that the SB cannot be played anywhere but the United States. I'm also attending the Jets game in Toronto this year, but the less global expansion the better IMO. Not the best financially, but as a fan and how it affects the players who need to go on these trips, i don't agree.


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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Brent View Post
                      that's not why we american football.
                      this basically sums it all up

                      this is just a bad idea

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                      • #12
                        I agree with not playing the Superbow; in London or anywhere outside the US but to say the less global expansion the better is wrong IMO. There more global fans there is equals first of all more money. Secondly all NFL players with the exception of a very few are American. If people from other countries started playing American football then inevitably there will be more quality players in a number years who could improve the quality of the league. Just like what is happening in Australian Rules, many Gaelic footballers from Ireland are going over and can only make the game better and likewise could happen in the NFL.


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                        • #13
                          I don't care where it's played, I just care who's playing. I'm not likely to ever go to one anyway (really don't want to). As far as I'm concerned, the Super Bowl is always played on the TV in my living room...
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Don Vito View Post
                            Hell no thats the dumbest thing I've ever heard. If you want to get other countries involved with the NFL thats fine but its still Americas game, the Super Bowl shouldn't be played anywhere but here.

                            Exactly....
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                            • #15
                              The NFL tried giving them football before, in 1991-1993, it was World League of American Football. Then in 1995 it was World League, then eventually NFL Europe/NFL Europa. In fact, London had a team: the Monarchs... guess this whole European experiment worked out... oh, wait.

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