This morning New England Patriots' owner Robert Kraft came forward and said he will be pushing for the NFL to put a franchise in London within the next decade. When some owners come forward and make far-reaching statements it's easy to brush them off, but in the case of Kraft he's a well regarded owner who fits into the ‘old guard' along with owners like Mara, Rooney, and our own Jerry Richardson.
Over the past few years the league has made no bones about their desire to spread into Europe, and make the NFL a global property. It's too easy to point to the failure of NFL Europe, but really that was a glorified B-league that didn't have the talent level of the real game.
There are myriad reasons why this is a move destined to fail. While the National Football League have a fantastic turnout for the games held at Wembley Stadium, having a team full-time in England would become a scheduling nightmare. There's no fair way a team based in London could have a standard weekly preparation, and I can't find a good way for current NFL teams to play in England without dealing with jetlag; especially if a West Coast team were scheduled to play across the pond.
We have unique insight into the situation give the fact we have several users from the UK here on CSR, so I'd love to hear from them. Do you think London is ready to support an NFL team as a fixture, rather than a curiosity? Also, is there a good way you can think of to deal with scheduling?
For our users here in the US, what do you think about a London expansion? Solid possibility, or pie-in-the-sky ideal from Kraft?