Every year, the NFL hosts a select few games at Wembley Stadium in London. But could a team be moved there?
The subject has been a rumor for some time, but has continued to gather substance.
New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is a strong backer of extending the NFL’s reach beyond the states. Kraft has liked the idea of getting a franchise in London for some time now, and believes it should be done by 2020.
He told Pro Football Talk Live last week, “I really believe it could happen. The logistics have to be worked out…a decision on that could happen before the end of the decade.”
There has been a growing interest in the NFL on a global scale, and the turnout in London has been even better than expected. The move would benefit the organization from an economic standpoint. According to the Deloitte study of last year, potential expansion to London is likely to generate $255 million annually for England.
According to commissioner Roger Goodell, when and if the league is to expand, it will accomplish this by adding at least two teams overseas. Goodell has stated that he wants to increase the League’s revenue from roughly $9.5 billion to $25 billion by the year of 2027. It is likely that global expansion will become a factor in achieving the commissioner’s goal.
We may even be able to expect to see the development of overseas divisions in addition to the existing AFC and NFC divisions.
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