London NFL franchise on track

As well as talk of a franchise being relocated to Los Angeles, the league’s continuing international expansion was a big talking point at the NFL owners’ meetings in Arizona this week.

Wembley will host three more regular season games in 2015, with all of them already sold out, and 40,000 fans bought season tickets to cover all three games, which kick off with the New York Jets against the Miami Dolphins on October 4.??

Waller said London would most likely have hosted four games this season (it will in 2016) but for the Rugby World Cup being held in England in September and October, the first two months of the NFL season.

But he said the season ticket base an English NFL team would need was already being met, as well as revealing the NFL is looking to other markets to add to their international portfolio.

There has been talk that Brazil will host the 2017 Pro Bowl while Germany is under consideration for a regular season visit, although the lack of a regular season television deal in that country is a problem. At the moment German viewers see only the play-offs and Super Bowl.

“The work we’re doing now is to ask, ‘How do we accelerate the agenda in Mexico, Canada and China?'” Waller said.

“Those would be our next stage, and we have offices in those three countries. And then, after those, where should be our focus? I think we’ve concluded that Brazil and Germany are the next two frontier markets, which is where the??Pro Bowl??idea comes from.”

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