Are NFL Games In London Good Or Bad For Football?
Without a trip to London in 2009, Patriots fans would never had been blessed with Brandon Meriweather’s “Big Bang Clock” from Toucher & Rich.
I really don’t have to go any further than that, but having an NFL game in London every season is not a bad idea at all.
The NFL wants to expand its logo worldwide, so why not start in a place that doesn’t even see our football as football, and more importantly, isn’t all that far of a trip for most teams?
For East coast teams, a trip across the pond is not much more than an added trip out West – just in reverse. While they do have a bit of jet lag and a time change to get used to, those teams heading overseas are rewarded with their bye week the following week, right in the middle of the season. The games are played in prime time in London, making them a 1 p.m. game back on the East coast. Sure, teams have an entire day to kill in London, but that’s not different than a Sunday or Monday night game.
Going overseas does a lot to spread the NFL logo and those of the two teams participating. So as long as one team doesn’t mind surrendering a home game, everyone wins.
Well, except for the losing team.
Our forefathers fought with their lives less than 250 years ago against the tyranny of the Crown, so just know that every time American football goes across the pond, they're all rolling in their graves. OK, so not quite.
I do think there are some die-hard American football fans over in England. I've talked with some of them via Twitter, and they are legit. They stay up all night to watch the late games and they digest as much if not more stories about the team as anyone in the U.S. I'm not saying these people don't exist.
But if the trips over to England are to be worth it for Roger Goodell and the NFL, the game is going to need mass appeal, and honestly, I don't see that happening. England loves the international game of football more than we can imagine, and it's in the fabric of their being. The once-per-year game in London will sell out for the time being, but that's due to its novelty more than anything else. Once the locals start realizing they're getting a heavy dose of the Jaguars for four years, don't expect ticket sales to go through the roof.
And for us here, watching on TV, it makes no positive difference that the game's taking place over there. For the fans of the team losing a home game though, they're basically being told, "We care about random people across the ocean 12.5 percent as much as we do you. Enjoy the game on TV, while we collect a fat check. Cheers!"
It's time for a new revolution.