London Franchise Moves Another Step Closer

Bring on the London games! Keep them coming. It seems to be that every time we host one, the more people give their support to a London-based franchise.

Reggie Bush is the latest player to give us his backing. Speaking today at the Lions’ training camp at Pennyhill Park, Surrey, the RB told ESPN.com that “It’s only a matter of time before an NFL team comes to London”. He also went on to say that he believed we’d host a Super Bowl in the future as well, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

What’s reassuring is that so many NFL stars, past and present, are advocating a London team. Former two-time Super Bowl winner and Broncos GM, John Elway, has recently said that he can’t see any reason why it shouldn’t happen. Another former QB, arguably the greatest of them all, Joe Montana, said on his visit over here last October that he couldn’t see why it wouldn’t happen.

“I’ve said to the NFL that anything the Government can do to make this happen we will do” – George Osborne

The Commissioner, Roger Goodell, is constantly talking it up and now our very own Chancellor has officially pledged government support to the plan. Speaking to London’s Evening Standard, George Osborne said, “This is primarily a decision for the owners of clubs and the NFL organisation but I’ve said to the NFL that anything the Government can do to make this happen we will do, because I think it would be a huge boost to London”.

It’s another big week for NFL UK as we build up to the second game of the season at Wembley Stadium. After Detroit vs Atlanta we get another taste of action as Dallas head over to take on London’s adopted team, Jacksonville Jaguars in just two weeks’ time. Let’s hope we get more glowing endorsements because the sooner we get a team the better for all us fans. Then we can start dreaming about Super Bowls. One step at a time, though.

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