NFL expands London series to four games in 2017

By Joe Rodgers 9 December 2016 256
NFL expands London series to four games in 2017

The NFL has announced an increase its commitment to the United Kingdom by scheduling four games in London in 2017.

The quartet of fixtures in the British capital next year - increased from the three the city has hosted since 2014 - will take the total number of matches played in the UK since the first regular-season game in London in 2007 to 21.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement: "We continue to be incredibly excited by the passion and love for the NFL shown by our millions of UK fans.

"London is an amazing city. We have had tremendous support from our fans, from [London] mayor [Sadiq] Khan and other government leaders and business partners, and we are looking forward to taking the next step in the UK by playing four games in London next season."

While all the teams and venues for 2017 series are yet to be announced, its already known the Los Angeles Rams, the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Miami Dolphins - who will face the New Orleans Saints - will all be 'hosting' games.

"London staging a fourth NFL game is fantastic news - not only for the millions of sports fans who get to enjoy our iconic stadiums - but also because it confirms our status as the go-to choice for hosting the world's biggest sporting events," mayor of London Sadiq Khan said.

"London is the international home of the NFL and staging the equivalent of what would be half an American football team's home games in the city is a huge step towards my ambition of bringing a franchise to the capital."


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