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Goodell sees “tremendous demand” for the NFL in Europe

Discussion in 'NFL Zone' started by CCBoy, Jul 18, 2014.

  1. CCBoy

    CCBoy Well-Known Member

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    Goodell sees “tremendous demand” for the NFL in Europe
    Posted by Michael David Smith on July 18, 2014, 6:25 AM EDT
    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.co...sees-tremendous-demand-for-the-nfl-in-europe/


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    The NFL says it has a large and growing fan base in Europe, and could have a team there within five years.

    NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said on NFL Network that the league has had such success with its games in London that there’s no reason a franchise couldn’t call London home soon. Goodell did not say whether it would be an expansion franchise or an existing franchise moving across the pond, but he said he sees it happening soon.

    “We couldn’t be happier with what we’re seeing,” Goodell said. “We actually couldn’t be more surprised by the tremendous demand for NFL football in London, in the UK in general, and frankly in Europe. So it’s not something that I think is 15 or 20 years away. It could be five or 10 years away.”...
  2. PA Cowboy Fan

    PA Cowboy Fan Well-Known Member

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    He's an idiot.
  3. 65fastback2plus2

    65fastback2plus2 Well-Known Member

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    european football is soccer. We call this AMERICAN football for a reason...one of those being that there arent any stupid london teams
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  4. Yakuza Rich

    Yakuza Rich Well-Known Member

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    Good.

    If he's so confident, then he should surely be able to create a European league where the European teams only play against each other. And then they would take on the champs from the NFL. Just like the ole AFL vs. NFL days.

    My guess is he won't and he'll just make sure to take another step in ruining the league.

    Guy can't help himself.





    YR
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  5. Ntegrase96

    Ntegrase96 Well-Known Member

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    My memory is pretty fuzzy on NFL europe, was this the original intent? Or was it strictly supposed to be the developmental league it ended up being?
  6. Yakuza Rich

    Yakuza Rich Well-Known Member

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    It was a developmental league. They were probably trying to see how much interest it would gain and understanding the complexities of having teams in Europe. It failed financially, big time. They sell out Wembley Stadium for these events, but only at the last second and supposedly they are basically giving away tickets at that point to fill the stadium.

    Just another example of corporate greed. I would be all for it if I thought there was a legitimately high demand, but for Goodell to lie to us...again...I just get sick and tired of having a commissioner that can't tell the truth and is trying to impose his will on the league instead of figuring out what is best for the league and for the fans.






    YR
  7. Ntegrase96

    Ntegrase96 Well-Known Member

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    That's what I thought.

    Thanks.

    Makes you wonder why they went with a developmental league to introduce to Europeans.

    "Hey. Don't like football? Well maybe if you watch this lesser version of football than what we have, you'll like it!"
  8. joseephuss

    joseephuss Well-Known Member

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    When the league began they had teams playing in the U.S. as well. It was referred to as the World League(officially the World League of American Football). It was mostly about developing young players.
  9. Yakuza Rich

    Yakuza Rich Well-Known Member

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    Corporate America's dying need to 'touch upon new revenue streams' to basically line the higher ups pockets even if it will ultimately fail and cost people jobs and money. More global economy nonsense.

    I would be all for it if I thought it could work. But there's a gazillion reasons why it won't and why it hasn't worked to date.

    What player would want to play in London if they have a good shot to play elsewhere? Cost of living and taxes are outrageous.

    And you're going to get a limited amount of fans because they don't play the sport in Europe. It's a violent game and it is an expensive game to put together uniforms and the sort together. For soccer, all you need is a soccer ball and some goals. For basketball, it's just a b-ball and a couple of hoops.

    Hard to like a sport that you and everybody you will ever know will NEVER get to play in their lifetime.






    YR
  10. Ntegrase96

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    Florio was talking about that same point on the radio, and suggested there would have to be rule changes to help it flourish-- like temporarily raising their cap number to be able to entice players.

    To me that just doesn't really work.

    There are just too many things to try to compensate for, weird time differences will be a disadvantage for them when traveling, etc.
  11. burmafrd

    burmafrd Well-Known Member

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    are you really this dense? Goodell is simply parroting what the Owners have been saying; and he follows orders. You gomers blaming Goodell are really out to lunch; this is ALL OWNER DRIVEN.
  12. Yakuza Rich

    Yakuza Rich Well-Known Member

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    I think I alluded to why Goodell is doing this. Trying to hit new revenue streams benefits the owners the most. And I mentioned he's lying. So, why would he lie? You're just too dense to pick up on that unless I specifically spell it out.





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  13. burmafrd

    burmafrd Well-Known Member

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    wow you really do not even read what you post; it was all about Goodell. You did not mention owners once - man are you stoned or what? Just plain stupid to rant about Goodell when its all the owners doing. I guess you are too lazy to do it right.
  14. casmith07

    casmith07 Attorney-at-Zone

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    Am I reading this correctly that you're a Goodell apologist, burm?
  15. Yakuza Rich

    Yakuza Rich Well-Known Member

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    I can't help your inability to read between the lines of what is fairly clear and I'm not going to spell it out for you. That's a you problem, not a me problem.

    The commissioner is supposed to be there to direct the league in what is best for the league. Goodell is an idiot because he doesn't understand that. He's already made tens of millions of dollars, so continuing to be a stooge for the owners instead of what is best for the league makes him a greedy idiot. Continuing to claim that there is a 'tremendous demand' for football in Europe makes him dishonest.

    And that is the guy you defend.

    'How's that working out for you?' - Tyler Durden




    YR
  16. Sarge

    Sarge Red, White and brew... Staff Member

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    ENOUGH WITH THE PERSONAL ATTACKS PLEASE.
  17. REDVOLUTION

    REDVOLUTION Return to Dominance

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    Two things:

    1. NFL global is a given
    2. NFL Global is a fiscal responsibility
    3. The NFL will not be ruined
    4. The NFL should be Global
    5. Because soccer is so boring and there is no offense. The NFL will eventually overtake its popularity.... GLOBALLY
  18. WPBCowboysFan

    WPBCowboysFan Benched

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    Looks like 5 things.

    BTW, 5 wrong things.
  19. WPBCowboysFan

    WPBCowboysFan Benched

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    Ha Ha, he's gonna be in select company on that one. Either hoping to be adopted into the Goodell family, or at least made an honorary member.
  20. Rogah

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    Goodell is an employee doing what his bosses tell him to do. If you want to call him a stooge, feel free, but I'm sure just about all of us have jobs and bosses where we do what we are told to do in exchange for a regular paycheck. Blame Goodell if it makes you feel better but this is as much (if not more) on the shoulders of Jerry Jones, Bob Kraft, Dan Snyder and co.

    I think any team in London will be a disaster competitively. They won't be able to sign free agents without significantly overspending. Their shortest road trip will be 3,000 and 5 time zones - and having 4 week road trips where you stay in hotels the entire time won't solve the problem either.

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