The NFL has been playing more and more games in London and it has been a focal point of their expansion. It has also fueled some debate about whether London could support an NFL Franchise in the future, and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft has been a supporter of the idea.
“You’re already hosting the premier league, and we believe we’re the premier sport in the world,” Kraft said at a NFL FanFest rally in London in 2012. “I think London has shown, with the way they’ve handled the Olympics and every other major sporting event, that it’s time for you to have your own NFL franchise, based in London.”
A valid point but the travel logistics would make it a nightmare for the team based in London. Still, Kraft remains determined to see a team in London and thinks the NFL should consider doing so by the end of the decade.
Bob Kraft says @NFL 'should work very hard' to have a team in London before the decade ends.
— Marc Sessler (@MarcSesslerNFL) July 17, 2014
It makes you wonder if European expansion wouldn’t be realistic till they could expand with enough teams to create an entire division over there. Otherwise a London team would have a nightmare travel schedule.
And if Los Angeles doesn’t have a team, is it really time to put one in London?