Goodell and Kraft talk London franchise

Some of the most powerful men in the National Football League continue to make very positive noises about a potential London franchise.

Speaking at a Thursday Night Football panel at The Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and New England Patriots owner spoke positively about the continued growth in London and the potential of a franchise on these shores in the future.

Kraft said:

“I can see the kind of reception we got there. I would not be disappointed (to see a London franchise) and I would also believe that we should work hard to try and have a franchise in London before the decade was out.”

That is the same timetable Kraft indicated to me when I interviewed him in 2012 so he clearly hasn’t changed his stance on a London team. And he is one of several NFL big-hitters who are in favour of a London franchise, including Commissioner Goodell, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and Atlanta Falcons owner, who recently suggested London should have not one, but two franchises.Neil-Reynolds-and-Robert-Kraft

NFL Network reporter Albert Breer said:

“Some owners are motivated to make more steps in the direction of a London franchise and things have moved quickly. They want to grow the league internationally and not just by playing games over there, but by eventually having a team over there.”

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