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Old 12-07-2012, 10:42 PM
 
Location: Portland, OR
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I know American football isn't necessarily popular in London, but at the same time it's a global city with millions of people. Most NFL stadiums number between 65-95,000 with Dallas exceeding 100k: basically, I would guess there's enough interest in London to regularly fill a 70,000 person stadium considering there's probably triple that number of Americans living there as expats. So what do you think? Is an NFL team in London a possibility? Is there support?

Eventually there could be a team in London, Manchester, Birmingham and Leeds (I just wikipedia'd the top 4 most populous metro areas in the UK ) and y'all could form your own conference.
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Old 12-07-2012, 10:51 PM
 
Location: Leeds, UK
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I think American Football is gaining ground in England at least - they put it on TV when they play games, which is usually in the early hours, and I occasionally watch it, I find it rather enjoyable, the atmosphere appears a lot better than any 'soccer' game I have been to.

For the time being though, people just aren't that interested, and rugby/football rule the roost.
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Old 12-07-2012, 10:58 PM
 
Location: Turku, Finland
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Not likely. The NFL games in London have a draw mainly for novelty value, kinda like the Olympics. I'll bet that a permanent fixture NFL league wouldn't draw a crowd sufficient to support it for the same reason that a permanent competitive javelin league wouldn't. It's just not their game.

But if any American sport could be successfully exported, it's basketball. I'll bet there are several world cities that could successfully keep an NBA team.
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Old 12-08-2012, 12:04 AM
 
Location: Portland, OR
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I think American Football is gaining ground in England at least - they put it on TV when they play games, which is usually in the early hours, and I occasionally watch it, I find it rather enjoyable, the atmosphere appears a lot better than any 'soccer' game I have been to.

For the time being though, people just aren't that interested, and rugby/football rule the roost.
Interesting. I would love it if rugby became popular in America. It's gaining ground here and is very popular as a club sport in American universities (not sure if you're familiar but in American universities the level of sports are Varsity [where all the money is], Club [competitive and they travel, but not as much committment and no athletic scholarships] and Intramural [teams are formed within the university community]), almost every major university has a club rugby team.
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Old 12-08-2012, 01:23 PM
 
Location: England
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Channel 4 tried to introduce American football to the UK several years ago, it bombed. There's not enough action in the game to excite people who were raised on action sports like rugby and football.
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Old 12-08-2012, 01:37 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I'm an American who personally hates American football. I love rugby though. I'd hate to see American football take off in the UK because it's not necessary when you already have rugby and soccer/football.
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Old 12-08-2012, 01:46 PM
 
Location: Scotland
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the atmosphere appears a lot better than any 'soccer' game I have been to
Go to Celtic Park, Anfield, Ibrox, St James's Park, Hampden Park, Stadium of Light, Britannia or the Cardiff City Stadium then you'll hear atmosphere. Old Trafford, Emirates not so much!
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Old 12-08-2012, 02:06 PM
 
Location: North West Northern Ireland.
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No idea what that is.

Is it American football or something?

Ice Hockey is more popular here.
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Old 12-08-2012, 02:07 PM
 
Location: North West Northern Ireland.
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Go to Celtic Park, Anfield, Ibrox, St James's Park, Hampden Park, Stadium of Light, Britannia or the Cardiff City Stadium then you'll hear atmosphere. Old Trafford, Emirates not so much!
Yea i'd prefer not to visit a sectarian dive thank you very much.
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Old 12-08-2012, 04:07 PM
 
Location: Scotland
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Because every fan of the old firm is a bigot? Well that like saying every protestant in Northern Ireland is involved in the violence happening now. Go to Celtic Park on a Champions League night and you'll have hairs standing up on the back of your neck...... intense experience.
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