The NFL is set to play its first regular season game in London. The NFL’s push outside of the U.S. is shocking to a lot of people, but it brings up many logistical issues. The first London game, the Baltimore Ravens against the Jacksonville Jaguars played Sunday at Wembley Stadium. The Jaguars committed to playing one game per season in London. Also on the schedule are the Miami Dolphins, the Cleveland Browns, and the Los Angeles Rams.
The first two games are already sold out, so it looks like the Brits are taking to their new football. Wembley will host games in Weeks 3 and 4, while Twickenham is set for Weeks 7 and 8.
“One of the things we’ve always felt is that if we were ever to have a team here at any point in the future, the schedule would have to work in terms of back-to-back games in the UK and back-to-back games in the States. It gives us a chance to test the back-to-back games from a playing perspective. It’s not the same teams, but at least the fields and the stadium and everything else.” – Mark Waller
It’ll be interesting to see how the NFL expands internationally. One thing they’re changing is the time the game is played. The kickoff will be at 2:30 p.m. in London, which is way more accessible to UK fans and more culturally appropriate since fans prefer to watch sports in the afternoon.
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