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English FA Mulls Wembley-Based NFL Franchise

  • Guardian, Thursday, October 9, 2014 10:43 AM
The English FA is currently reviewing the best ways to use London’s Wembley Stadium after its current Club Wembley contract runs out in 2017, and one of the organization’s priorities is to secure an NFL franchise, a move that would require the English national team to take some of its games on the road. Under the current contract, all of England’s games must be held at Wembley, although the FA is eyeing a more flexible approach from 2018 on. According to the Guardian, Wembley could easily host up to eight home games, the minimum requirement for an NFL franchise.

In an interview last year, Wembley managing director Roger Maslin said the FA would be open to bringing an American Football franchise to the UK, particularly given the popularity of the three regular-season NFL games currently held at Wembley.  “Football is our priority, he said, “But, yes, I’m absolutely confident that if the NFL wanted to have a franchise here then we could absolutely do it.

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