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Games in London

Discussion in 'Packer Fan Forum' started by Beagle, Oct 4, 2015.

  1. Beagle

    Beagle Cheesehead

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    Not exclusively a Packers question, but I'm interested to hear what you guys make of the games in London and whether you think it's a good or bad thing.

    I can understand some fans being peeved at losing a home game and being deprived of the chance to go to the match. I can also understand the NFL wanting to cater to Euro fans and to tinker with the idea of expanding (I don't think that would ever work, I don't know a single fan in the UK that would drop their team for a London based one).

    If nothing else I suppose it gives some fans from the States an excuse to come to London to see a game, and a chance to watch a game over breakfast if you don't want to travel.

    Back to watching the Jets muller the Blowholes

    Thoughts?
     
  2. yooperpackfan

    yooperpackfan Cheesehead

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    I don't mind watching a game at 10 AM Eastern Time as long as the Packers aren't in it.
    My wife hates it because it means a full day of me parked in front of the TV.
    This one ain't much of a game to watch.
     
  3. thisisnate

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    we seem to just send crap teams over there. hardly seems like the best way to build interest.
     
  4. Beagle

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    I was at the Dallas game last year, so you send the best on occasion too :)
     
  5. thisisnate

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    and who did you guys play? have we ever sent a good... *game* over?

    if anyone was curious

    2007 October 28 Fox New York Giants 13 Miami Dolphins 10 Wembley Stadium [​IMG] London 81,176

    2008
    October 26 CBS San Diego Chargers 32 New Orleans Saints 37 Wembley Stadium [​IMG] London 83,226

    2009
    October 25 CBS New England Patriots 35 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 7 Wembley Stadium [​IMG] London 84,254

    2010
    October 31 CBS Denver Broncos 16 San Francisco 49ers 24 Wembley Stadium [​IMG] London 83,941

    2011
    October 23 Fox Chicago Bears 24 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 18 Wembley Stadium [​IMG] London 76,981

    2012
    October 28 CBS New England Patriots 45 St. Louis Rams 7 Wembley Stadium [​IMG] London 84,004

    2013
    September 29 CBS Pittsburgh Steelers 27 Minnesota Vikings 34 Wembley Stadium [​IMG] London 83,518

    October 27 Fox San Francisco 49ers 42 Jacksonville Jaguars 10 Wembley Stadium [​IMG] London 83,559

    2014
    September 28[34] CBS Miami Dolphins 38 Oakland Raiders 14 Wembley Stadium [​IMG] London 83,436

    October 26[34] Fox Detroit Lions 22 Atlanta Falcons 21 Wembley Stadium [​IMG] London 83,532

    November 9[34] Fox Dallas Cowboys 31 Jacksonville Jaguars 17 Wembley Stadium [​IMG] London 83,603

    2015
    October 4
    New York Jets

    Miami Dolphins
    Wembley Stadium [​IMG] London

    October 25
    Buffalo Bills
    Jacksonville Jaguars
    Wembley Stadium [​IMG] London

    November 1
    Detroit Lions

    Kansas City Chiefs
    Wembley Stadium [​IMG] London

    2016 TBA TBA TBA
    Jacksonville Jaguars
    Wembley Stadium [​IMG] London
     
  6. buggybill2003

    buggybill2003 Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    Nope, the Packers have never visited London :whistling:
     
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  7. Sky King

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    The NFL still keeps its toe in the water over there. NFL Europe must not have been a success financially or it would still be operating. The annual games in London must be so or they would cease, too.
     
  8. Beagle

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    They just mentioned in the game coverage that they're hoping to go with 4 games next year
     
  9. desertdog55

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    Apparently the Packers were considered to play the Jaguars next year in London. The Jaguars rejected it, and chose to play the Packers in Florida, since the Packer fans travel so well. They would finally have a game be sold out there.
     
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  10. azrsx05

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    I don't know the whole rights and what not to the CFL, but if the NFL wanted to go international, they should've tried putting a Canadian team first. We are pretty close to them, we already have other sports who have teams in Canada. I think Canada would embrace a NFL Team as well. Just my thought
     
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  11. yooperpackfan

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    Not many years ago the thinking was to move Buffalo Bills to Toronto.
     
  12. PFanCan

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    I used to live in London. There is very good support for NFL over there. The games at Wembley all sell out quickly. And that's not a small stadium.
     
  13. red4tribe

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    I agree with the previous posters who think Canada should be experimented with first. There would be so many logistical problems with the London team. There are successful franchises in the NBA and MLB in Toronto that have been there for quite some time, I don't see why the NFL doesn't try a team there first. If they are concerned with taking away from Buffalo's market, why not try Montreal? It's a city of 1.6 million people (and a metro area of 3.8), already with a CFL team. Toronto and Montreal are by far the largest cities in Canada, and would come without the logistical nightmare that a London based team would have. Toronto/Montreal would be a good location to try the sport in an international market, and if it's successful there, then maybe branch out further.
     
  14. buggybill2003

    buggybill2003 Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    Why do people think we want a team in London ??
     
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    I don't understand the fixation the NFL has on London. I don't get it.
     
  16. buggybill2003

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    I cant be 100% certain, but I would say MOST European football fans don`t want it, or would support it. We already HAVE our favourite teams.
     
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  17. Mondio

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    I don't think most people do, but the NFL does, and it's not because the population may want it, it's because they want to expand their brand and make more money. The same reason they try and jam soccer down our throats over here. Other than taking their kids to it to play on weekends I can think of 2 friends out of hundreds of acquaintances and friends that would take time out of their day to watch soccer. That doesn't stop them from pushing the heck out of it to try and make it more popular and hopefully grow their brand
     
  18. buggybill2003

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    And it simply wont work. British and European fans might enjoy going to yearly games, but we ALL follow our own chosen team. I used to go regularly, but in the past few years it`s more an afterthought. I speak personally but I am a Packer fan, and I wouldn`t WANT to follow any other team full stop.
     
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  19. Sky King

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    Personally, I have my doubts that the NFL will gain in popularity enough to cause expansion outside the USA. Reciprocally, I have no rooting interest in soccer or F1 racing. Hooray for those that do. But those sports will do just fine without me as a fan and the NFL will do just fine without having any of their teams based outside the USA.
     
  20. Joe Nor Cal Packer

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    Exactly. Expansion to London makes no sense given the travel time. I suppose the NFL does it for a good reason (for the NFL), and that's money.
     
  21. Mondio

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    well that's good, or they'd remove your moderator status :) But Packer fans are all over the world. They don't stop because they live in Arizona and they have the Cardinals. Or any other place with or without a team.
     
  22. captainWIMM

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    The Packers won't play in London next season. The NFL announced the Jaguars will play the Colts, the Rams will face an NFC East team and the Bengals will square off against the Redskins.
     
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  23. buggybill2003

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    Will you stop peeing on my barbeque ! You'll be telling me Santa Claus doesn't exist next.
     
  24. PackerDNA

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    Maybe I've posted this on this site before, but...
    Should the NFL move a team overseas, or play a super bowl overseas, then as far as I'm concerned they can go to hell, because I'll be done with them from that point on. I'll stick to college and high school until such time as another league starts up here.
    They can't fix instant replay, officiating or anything else that continues the products slide into mediocrity, but watch these jackass billionaires rush to sell their mothers souls to the devil for that extra nickel rolling loose in the corner.
    The fans here made their product a multibillion dollar a year industry, and they want to spit in their faces
    to chase money overseas? Then pack the whole damn thing up' all 32 teams, the whole kit and kaboodle, and see how much you make anywhere else. You won't be missed.
     
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    Don't have team in LA for years but these greedy idiots are playing games in London WOW !
     

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