Posted October 24, 2013

NFL announces three London games for 2014 season

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The Vikings bested the Steelers before a sellout crowd at Wembley Stadium in September. (Nicky Hayes, AP)

The Vikings bested the Steelers before a sellout crowd at Wembley Stadium in September. (Nicky Hayes, AP)

The NFL announced earlier in October that the Falcons, Jaguars and Raiders all would host games in London next season as part of the league’s expanding International Series. We now know the opponents for those teams.

The Jaguars will welcome the Cowboys across the pond, while the Falcons will take on the Lions and the Raiders will battle the Dolphins, all at Wembley Stadium some time during the 2014 season (dates have not yet been set for any of those games).

A second London trip was added to the NFL’s regular-season schedule for 2012: Minnesota knocked off Pittsburgh earlier this year; Jacksonville and San Francisco play in England this weekend.

“Our fans in the UK continue to demonstrate their passion for more football,” commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. “Next year for the first time we will play three regular-season games in London. We have scheduled three attractive games with four teams playing in their first International Series game. The growing enthusiasm for the NFL internationally is exciting and we look forward to continuing to respond to this interest in our game.”

The Jaguars will become the first team to make the London journey in back-to-back seasons. Of the six squads slated to play at Wembley in 2014, only Miami has competed there during the regular season before — the Dolphins dropped a 13-10 decision to the Giants in 2007, the first season after the NFL instituted the International Series.

31 comments
mystafugee
mystafugee

As for the popularity of games there, I'm sure the novelty is still on.  Having said that, Premier League teams come here to play exhibition games and draw good crowds, NFL teams have to take their regular season games over there to draw good crowds.  Advantage EPL.  

mystafugee
mystafugee

Bottom line: the NFL has practically tapped out the US market so they obviously need to go overseas. Canada isn't a big market and Mexico doesn't have the fan dollars.  As for fans here complaining about owners taking away their games, just shut up, you've always given in to the owners despite all the ripoff prices, public funds, and yet the fans still watch and pay.  Yes, they'll likely have a Super Bowl in London, yes, you'll watch, and regardless of whether it's played in London or the Louisiana Super Dome, regular fans aren't going to be getting into that party.  

rkcla08
rkcla08

with each passing day the nfl is becoming more pathetic. 

CobyPreimesberger
CobyPreimesberger

plus the only way you could have a full slate of 16, is if you added the second bye on a 18 week schedule.  to me tags had it right he had the intrernatnoal games in the pre-season, and did have one game in mexico city that drew 103,000 fans

WilyCoyoteSuperGenius
WilyCoyoteSuperGenius

Not a coincidence I am sure that the "home team" for all three games are teams struggling with attendance. This nonsense really sticks it to those teams forced to travel to the UK. A seven to twelve hour flight each way, an utter disruption to the players and coaches. Can the NFL really be making in enough off jersey sales to justify these games?

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

Do our friends across the pond really care about 'American' football? Or is the NFL (i.e. Roger Goodell) shoving it down their throats? Playing at Wembley would be a rush, but I wonder if London will support a full schedule, much less an actual team. Clearly RGZero is angling for that, but it seems a dreadful idea to me. The NLF is not immune to bad marketing ideas. And this is one of them.

Centennial
Centennial

I think I speak for all British football fans when I say: You know what you can do with your pro bowl.

Bucky182
Bucky182

Give them all to the Jags. No other team wants to lose the revenue one home game brings them.


As far as scheduling goes, why not schedule the London games for Thursdays with both teams coming off a bye? With that they would then get a little mini-bye, on top of the bye they just had, as a reward for having traveled to London. Just a thought. It might not be a good thought but it's a thought.

TheHip1
TheHip1

Here's an idea NFL...how about a game in Los Angeles? Or maybe a team? It's only the largest market on the West Coast 

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

Funny, when I saw the London game this year, there seemed to be a whole lot of empty seats.

But Goodell & Co. know what they're doing.  Sure they do.  Just like with the XFL.

Blinker
Blinker

You notice jerry jones was not about to give one of his homes games away from the "Death Star".  He will gladly send the team when it does not affect his pocket.


Eat it jerry!!!!!!

CLTBraves2
CLTBraves2

Games in London would work a lot better if we only sent the Jags. They could scrimmage against themselves, and we can just pencil it in as a loss. British fans learn the game, Jags owner gets revenue, Jags players get to see a sold out stadium. EVERYONE WINS!

sunalsorises
sunalsorises

Stop with games in London.  Stop with Thursday games (except Thanksgiving).  

MichaelJasonStokes
MichaelJasonStokes

@mystafugee Canada is a good market but we won't go there because of in place deals with the CFL, also Mexico would be a poor marketing decisions due to rampant crime and poverty.....travel would be unsafe and Mexico LOVES soccer. It'd fail from a profit standpoint.


btcvsolo
btcvsolo

@rkcla08 Agreed. WAY in love with itself. Watched for years until it became a caricature of what it used to be. I'll stick with college ball & get things accomplished on Sunday, get some sleep Monday & Thursday night....

CLTBraves2
CLTBraves2

@Bucky182 I like the idea.

Also, the Jags owner also owns Fulham. He's using both teams to market for the other.

RCH
RCH

The empty seats should make jags feel right at home

Centennial
Centennial

@MidwestGolfFan  

No shows, touts (scalpers) and players not returning their allocations in time. The game was essentially, sold out. Touts in particular are a huge problem in this country and are costing genuine fans seats at these games. The NFL really needs to do something about it. I was at the VIKINGS/STEELERS game and saw about eight touts with fist-fulls of tickets.

hainsfad
hainsfad

@MidwestGolfFan what does the XFL have to do with the NFL. The NFL had nothing to do with that joke of a league. That was all Vince McMahon and WWE

TheHip1
TheHip1

@Centennial @TheHip1 BS. Tell that to USC. Their stadium is awful and they pack it even in their past down years. Do you consider LA to be a hockey town? 

TheHip1
TheHip1

@TerrapinStation87 @TheHip1 Are suggesting that because of that LA could not support a team? Do you recall who the owners were for both of those teams or the reason why they left? The NFL is so busy trying to push the game to an International market (BUF playing in Toronto) when it could use its leverage to help build the main reason why the Raiders and Rams bolted...a quality stadium. The Rose Bowl while legendary has poor bench seats and the Coliseum still has a freaking track between the field and the stands. LA has two baseball, hockey and basketball teams so fan support is not the problem. The lack of a stadium is the only issue and that can be fixed. Award LA a team and the next Jerry World would be built.