Two of the most powerful owners in the NFL took last week’s league meetings in Boca Raton, Florida, as an opportunity to suggest a London franchise is a very real possibility in the future.
The ringing endorsements from Jerry Jones, of the Dallas Cowboys, and Robert Kraft, of the New England Patriots, come hot on the heels of very supportive comments about a London franchise by Cincinnati Bengals owner Mike Brown.
Jones told Peter King of www.themmqb.com:
“We don’t get many opportunities to say this is a ‘Wow’ that we could give back to our fans. Los Angeles was that – London looks like that to me.”
Speaking to Mike Florio of www.ProFootballTalk.com, Kraft added:
“We have pretty much tapped out what we can do here in America… The two trips we have made to London have been unbelievable.”
Kraft cited the 2015 game between Buffalo and Jacksonville which was streamed around the world via Yahoo!, attracting more than 15 million viewers for a contest that might normally have been seen by 500,000 fans.
Speaking about a potential London franchise, Kraft concluded:
“I really believe it could happen. The logistics have to be worked out but I think as we continue to play three games there and maybe even more, a decision on that could happen before the end of the decade.”
Whether you agree with the sentiment or not, it’s hard to argue with the level of powerful support that is being lined up with regard to a London franchise in the not-too-distant future.