Last month the New England Patriots and the St. Louis Rams traveled to London to play their week 8 match. Though the game took place at Wembley Stadium it was designated a home game for the Rams, which of course gave the Rams a disadvantage, as it means they only get to play 7 true home games this season. Needless to say, they were destroyed by the defending AFC champions and current ambassador team of the National Football League, 45-7. In front of a crowd of over 80,000 no less.
It’s true, American football sells a lot of tickets in England. Whether or not the fact they only get one or two games per year plays into those sellout numbers has yet to even be discussed. Right now, the discussion is all about how excited London mayor Boris Johnson is on the prospect of an increased NFL presence in the city and the nation. There are so many lucrative opportunities for both sides, if commissioner Roger Goodell and NFL owners agree to play more games or even relocate a team to London.