Should the NFL have a team in London?
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Should the NFL have a team in London?

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Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan offered to buy London's legendary Wembley Stadium, seemingly securing a venue for a future NFL team in London. There has been mutual interest from both the league and city officials to relocate a team to London, but would it be a good move? Having a team in London would open a new market for the NFL, and grow its brand overseas. But the league already tried to that with NFL Europe and failed. Should London have an NFL team? 🏈

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While the product on the field hasn't been anything to write home about, NFL games in London have been successful. The Jacksonville Jaguars, who have been a staple in recent London matchups, say they get 15 percent of their local revenue a year from international games. Fans in London have sold out stadiums to watch an NFL game. The league would be foolish if it didn't bring a team to London to maximize the revenue of this market.

Having a team in the English capital is a slam dunk. Fans in London are hungry for an NFL team. The NFL can only expand so much in the United States before it flatlines. London grows the league's brand internationally and gives the NFL more opportunities to make money. This is a no-brainer—the NFL needs a team in London.

Much like a circus, the draw of an NFL team in London is the novelty. Any show can fill a venue if it's a limited engagement. In this case, the NFL is intriguing, like when Real Madrid or Manchester United roll through the United States every summer. Sure, people like it, but you don't see fans clamoring for a La Liga or English Premier League team.

The NFL wants to think their numbers from the London games will scale if it has a team in London, but once the novelty ends, the league will find itself with another team in an empty stadium. Let's not forget what happened to NFL Europe, which officially folded in 2007 from lack of profits and marketable players.

The logistics of having an NFL team at least five hours away from any other NFL team is a nightmare, not worth the trouble. Would the London team have to make 10-hour flights to the West Coast for road games? Would other teams have to make that same trip, and not play to the best of their ability in subsequent games due to jet lag?

This is way too much trouble for one team internationally. No London teams, please.

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