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Execs Push for EPL Games in the U.S.
ESPN Soccernet, October 26th, 2007 3:45PM

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In the wake of the NFL's decision to play its first regular-season game in London, English Premier League officials and American businessmen have started talking about bringing EPL games to the U.S. For one, West Ham United chairman Eggert Magnusson thinks it's a great idea. "I can see that happening sooner rather than later," he told Sky Sports News. "It would be good for the game."

American sports tycoon Stan Kroenke, owner of the Colorado Rapids, said there was a "reasonable" chance of it happening. "If the Premier League agreed to it, you would have it done," he said. It's something that would have to evolve over time -- it would be great if it could be Arsenal" (Kroenke owns 12 percent stake in the English club). NY Giants co-owner Jonathan Tisch, who incidentally is also New York City's head of tourism, was equally keen on the idea of seeing EPL games played in the Big Apple. "It would be great for New York's tourism," said Tisch, "it would be great in the United States too to spread the game internationally."

Despite the burst of enthusiasm, "I just don't see it happening," an EPL official told reporters. "With the way the league is structured -- on a one-home, one-away basis -- you would damage the integrity of the competition by fiddling with the dynamic of the League." Can anybody say, Community Shield at Giants Stadium?

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