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RunYouOver
07-07-2013, 12:56 PM
Interesting stuff...I personally still don't see a team playing more than a couple games per year in London for the next decade or so, but I guess this is a possibility.

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/07/07/rams-to-become-free-agents-in-two-seasons-but-where-will-they-go/



With 31 NFL stadiums and the useful life of each one in the range of 20 to 30 years, it’s safe to say that at any given moment at least one NFL team will be jockeying for a new venue.

Most of them do their jockeying atop a horse named Taxpayer’s Money.

The Rams are among the current crop of franchises that officially are in the jockeying business. Their lease at the Edward Jones Dome, which became effective in 1995, officially has converted to a 20-year contract that, after the 2014 season, continues on a year-to-year basis.

This means that, after the next two seasons and any season thereafter, the Rams can leave St. Louis.

It’s unclear where they would go. It has long been assumed that the Rams would go back to Los Angeles. But the process of finding a suitable location is going nowhere, in part because those who would build a stadium would like to own at least one of the teams that would play there.

Last year, the Rams announced that they would play one home game per year for three straight years in London, in a clear effort to begin building a fan base in England. The Rams reduced that plan to one game after the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission objected.

A permanent move to London now becomes a strong possibility, as does finagling a new stadium elsewhere in the St. Louis area, thanks to the extreme leverage that comes from an expiring lease.

There’s another potential plan, which could be the only way to make a London franchise logistically viable in the short term. The Rams could play some games each year in London, and some in St. Louis. They’d still be the “St. Louis Rams,” and any home playoff games would be played in St. Louis.

Having one or two teams play a split schedule with anywhere from two to four home games played each year in London could be the best way to lay the foundation for the eventual permanent relocation of a team to London. While the logistical challenges would remain, it would be easier to get the average NFL fan to accept the change if it occurs as part of a gradual, inevitable process.

Regardless, the NFL seems to be determined to expand dramatically its current flirtation with London. The Rams are now in position to allow the NFL move things to a new level.

theMileHighGuy
07-07-2013, 01:03 PM
Interesting. I can't really see them making a full time move there. It just doesn't make any sense logistically. That would get so hard on the players. Financially, could the Rams possibly have more fans in London than they do in the St. Louis area?

I don't like it, and would rather them start a new league than take this one international. Canadian teams in the NFL if anything.

bronx_2003
07-07-2013, 01:43 PM
1 - It won't work.

2 - The vast majority of British NFL fans do not want a team in London and would not change support from their current teams.

3 - We're happen with 1-2 games a year, which sell out. I think we would struggle selling out or even having good crowds for more then 4 games a season....especially if the team were poor like they probably would be as many FA's wouldn't want the logistics hassle

Edit.... I know in time the impossible becomes possible, but I just can;t see how this could ever work

samparnell
07-07-2013, 02:00 PM
London Rams?

Wow! Times change.

When I was growing into adulthood, it was the Los Angeles Rams, Saint Louis Cardinals, Houston Oilers, Baltimore Colts and Boston Patriots.

It was originally the Cleveland Rams. Fred Gehrke invented their helmet logo when they were in LA in 1948. It is the coolest helmet logo, and Fred was a truly great football guy.

BroncoFanBoy
07-07-2013, 04:27 PM
The away games would be very hard on the players after that long of a flight for all those weeks.

roushmartin6
07-08-2013, 09:32 PM
The away games would be very hard on the players after that long of a flight for all those weeks.

Or home games if they decide to base in the States. Either way is a traveling nightmare. They would need twice the cap limit just to get free agents to even think about signing there. I just can't see it happening.

The94thHour
07-23-2013, 12:53 PM
I don't think that would be feasible. There are plenty of other markets here in the United States that could bring a lot more notoriety and appreciation to the league than moving a team all the way across the pond. Call me crazy, but I think OKC would be a great destination.

InsaneBlaze23
07-23-2013, 01:05 PM
Interesting. I can't really see them making a full time move there. It just doesn't make any sense logistically. That would get so hard on the players. Financially, could the Rams possibly have more fans in London than they do in the St. Louis area?

I don't like it, and would rather them start a new league than take this one international. Canadian teams in the NFL if anything.

I agree with you.
I just don't think it's gonna happen because of all these issues that arise if they did. I'd much rather they bring back the European League than this. Not only would that put teams in Europe, but players that wouldn't making it in the NFL would have another shot at pro sports.

The only thing I'd be fine with when it comes to the NFL either adding a team or moving a team. Either move a team to Canada or Northern Mexico.

bronx_2003
07-23-2013, 01:16 PM
I agree with you.
I just don't think it's gonna happen because of all these issues that arise if they did. I'd much rather they bring back the European League than this. Not only would that put teams in Europe, but players that wouldn't making it in the NFL would have another shot at pro sports.

The only thing I'd be fine with when it comes to the NFL either adding a team or moving a team. Either move a team to Canada or Northern Mexico.

Won't happen. Died last time because of no interest. People won't go to watch PS players