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January 17, 2008

NFL Heads to UK in 2008


The Brits will get another taste of the NFL next season. After playing in London last October, the NFL announced that it would return to the United Kingdom for a regular-season game in 2008 as part of the NFL’s International Series of regular-season games.

Last year the New York Giants defeated the Miami Dolphins 13-10 before a sellout crowd of 81,176 at Wembley Stadium.

“The game in London was undoubtedly one of the highlights of the entire 2007 season,” said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. “The fan interest was tremendous. The passion they demonstrated for our sport that day continued throughout the season, as television viewership in the U.K. has grown by 40 percent since the game.”

Goodell was tight-lipped about the details of the game, including the venue and competing teams, but an announcement is expected to be confirmed during Super Bowl week (Jan. 28-Feb. 3) in Arizona.

In 2006, NFL owners approved a five-year plan to stage a limited number of regular-season games outside the United States.

The NFL played its first-ever regular-season game outside the United States on October 2, 2005 at Azteca Stadium in Mexico City. A crowd of 103,467 – the largest for a regular-season game in NFL history, saw the Arizona Cardinals defeat the San Francisco 49ers 31-14.

1 comment:

Otter said...

I think the Chargers going to the UK will end up hurting the team. It is a very long flight and getting to and from the stadium is not easy. I am not sure NFL teams are going to be supporting this much longer.