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#pounditTuesday, January 18, 2022

NFL in London a Success?

Not long ago it was announced that the Giants and Dolphins would play a regular season game in London. Over on my show at NBX I quipped

Tickets will probably be going as fast as a Charlotte Sting sellout.

Well, I do have to say, apologies are in order. Turns out I was completely wrong. The South Florida Sun-Sentinel writes

According to the NFL, since the game was announced Friday, more than 160,000 fans, mostly in the U.K., have requested more than 500,000 tickets to the game. To gauge enthusiasm for the game, the league’s U.K. Web site invited visitors to register their interest in tickets at Traffic was so heavy, the league said, the site crashed several times, and the deadline to request tickets isn’t until Feb. 18.

I’m sure Roger Goodell is wetting himself over this – and rightfully so. But what about you? What about the fans of the teams? If this becomes a trend, do you want to lose the ability to attend a home game? Do you want your team to lose home-field advantage? I sure as heck don’t. I remember back in 1996 when Notre Dame played Navy in Ireland. The stadium was as packed as a 2002 Rutgers game. That led me to believe that there wasn’t a chance the NFL would be a hit in England. This news however makes me extremely concerned. Hey, I’ll let them have their soccer, but I’d like to keep my football, thank you very much. What about you?

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