NFL UK Edition: Could England Have a NFL Franchise in its Future?

Published October 24, 2014 by Sol FH

NFL UK Edition: Could England Have a NFL Franchise in its Future?

The NFL and UK team up for 2014-15 season as three games are being played at Wembley. The NFL has been welcomed back to the UK with sold-out attendance.

The NFL has, for a long time, tried to break into the international market place bringing professional football to fans worldwide. Ever since the Arizona Cardinals took on the San Francisco 49ers in 2005 at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City, in a game that smashed all game attendance records (103,467 spectators), the NFL has held regular season games outside of the US. 

Wembley stadium, no doubt the most famed stadium in the UK has held regular season NFL games since 2007 with crowds of 90,000+ regularly coming out for games. There have been record ticket sales and home viewing numbers each and every time the NFL comes to town.

There have been serious talks about the possibility of creating a NFL franchise in the UK, which would increase the NFL's international reach indefinitely. Instead of adding another team to the 32 franchises currently, the possibility of the Jacksonville Jaguars making the move sounds more like a "when" rather than an "if".  

Two UK-based Games Left This Year

The first of the UK regular season NFL games went down on September 28 and it was the Dolphins that crushed the Raiders 38-14. Of all NFL games in the UK, this one was one of the best. Fans travelled from all over to see these teams go head to head and they were no disappointed. 

There are two games left for the 2014 regular season to be played at Wembley. The next will be on October 26 featuring the Atlanta Falcons vs Detroit Lions and the second will be played on November 9 between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Dallas Cowboys.

Falcons vs Lions

The Falcons/Lions game should be the better of the two games left as both teams have a serious chance for a playoff berth. The Falcons are currently in second place in the NFC South, while the Lions are leading the close NFC North. Both QB’s are having excellent seasons so far with Matt Stafford (Lions) already throwing 1,400 yards and Matt Ryan (Falcons) throwing 11 touchdowns and over 1,600 through the air.

Cowboys vs Jaguars

The last game of the season to be played at Wembley features the last place Jaguars, 0-5 in the AFC South and the 4-1, second place Cowboys (NFC East). There is little hope for the Jaguars this season but for the Cowboys, it is a different story. After losing the first game of the regular season, Dallas have come back to win four straight including a close game against the Texans last week. The ‘Boys’ look like they have a real shot at a serious post-season campaign if they can get over the next few weeks. 

Interactive Online Sports Betting

Two of the leading online sports books offering both live betting markets and pre-game lines for the UK based NFL games are Winner Sports and bet365. Markets for the UK games will include Live In-Play bets, Over/Under, Point Spread, Outright Winner and literally dozens of other options. Live In-Play markets are an excellent way to make any game more interesting and offer punters and interactive sports gambling experience.

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