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Thursday, October 18, 2007

Super Bowl in London - Not for This Indy Fan!

OK, I have been a big fan of the new NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, as he has done a very good job of making grossly over-paid game players be held responsible for their off-field actions. However..........

.....why in the world would the NFL ship the biggest one day sporting event we have to another country - no matter where that country is. Is that the reward the American fans get for helping the NFL generate the massive incomes that the league generates.

Just earlier this year Indianapolis lost out on their bid to host the 2011 (I think that is the correct year) Super Bowl to Dallas. Now Indianapolis has a long history of hosting some of the biggest sporting events in the country (NCAA Final Four, Indy 500, Brickyard 400 and more) and to think that London would get a Super Bowl Indianapolis - "just ain't right" !

Super Bowl in London? Why?

Thursday, Oct 18, 2007 9:55 am EDT

Columnist Dan Daly of the Washington Times gave kudos to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for his intolerance of off-field shenanigans that may eventually save the players from themselves.

But a Super Bowl in London? "Have you gone daft, old chap?'' he wrote.

"To take America's premier sports event and ship it overseas, to what, balance the trade deficit? isn't just morally reprehensible, there should be a federal law against it. Memo to Congress: Want to score some points with your constituents? Threaten to repeal the NFL's antitrust exemption if it even dreams of exporting the Super Bowl."

Source: Washington Times

Goodell tabs London as possible candidate to host Super Bowl

October 16, 2007

As the NFL prepares to play its first ever regular-season game in London, Roger Goodell is thinking bigger.

The second-year commissioner believes London is a candidate to host a future Super Bowl, an event that has never in history been held outside the United States.

"There's a great deal of interest in having a Super Bowl in London," Goodell said in a news conference Monday in Phoenix, which will host the 2008 Super Bowl. "We'll be looking at that."

The Miami Dolphins and New York Giants are due to play at Wembley Stadium in London on October 28.

It will be the second regular-season game the NFL has played overseas after the fantastic success of a game between the San Francisco 49ers and Arizona Cardinals in Mexico City in 2005 - a contest which attracted an NFL record 103,467 fans.

Goodell said that, regardless of whether an overseas Super Bowl were to happen, more regular-season games are in the pipeline.