An NFL team in England?
You mean…actually living in England? Playing existing teams in the U.S.? Not like that World Football League, where they played other teams in other European cities?
An England-based team in the same division with…oh, I dunno, the New York Giants?
LONDON — NFL commissioner Roger Goodell wants a bigger presence for American football in Europe.
Ahead of the NFL’s fourth regular-season game at Wembley Stadium, Goodell says the success of the previous games has buoyed his hopes of one day having a full-time franchise in England.
Goodell says the league plans to start playing more games in Europe in the coming years, but that no timeline for an expansion has been set.
“I think the next step will be multiple games. And if that’s successful then I think the idea of a franchise here is realistic,” Goodell said.
Wow, it really isn’t. The travel time. The jet lag. The time zones. Even if you put a whole new division in Britain – one team each for England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland – the simple scheduling logistics are ridiculous.
And when we can’t even fill the stadium in Jacksonville…
Ah, well, Goodell was probably just making good PR. Still, the New England Patriots vs. the London Monarchs…that’d be fun.