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@DCJack, in England and Commonwealth countries, some cricket games like international test matches last FIVE days. hahahahhahahaha
As an American, I find this so curious. An American football game lasts for 3-3.5 hours and has constant stoppages (read even more commercial time). A good game can be very exciting but the majority of games in a season are dreadful bores. An average Premiere League weekend usually contains several compelling storylines in games that don't stop and last less than 2 hours. No contest in my eyes.
Team Name: London Silly Nannies...
"It may sell out as a once a year event but..." was what everyone said when it WAS a once a year event. Then they upped it to two and then to three, and we still bought all the tickets and sold the games out months in advance (except for hospitality and player returns). We're close to half a regular season's worth of games now, the argument is wearing very thin,
It may sell out as a once a year event, but can't see it being success on a week to week basis. The European league they tried a few years ago was a huge flop with the London Monarchs(was that their name?) one of the first to go. Ended up as German league, no idea if it is still going
Is the sport American? I thought it developed in Canada.
A lot of the negativity sounds like people who think it is 'cool' to like a minority sport and don't want too many other people to like it, because then those 'supporters' will lose the cachet of eliteness.Much like the 'Oh yes, of course I liked 'X' before they were famous' so beloved of Hipster-types.
Surprised by the negativity - sounds like pre London 2012.Logistical issues should only improve with faster air travel and it's not like American sport isn't used to a tight schedule and clocking up miles - look at the NBA. If London played 4 games away, 4 home, 4 away, 4 home it could create some great tour packages - like the British & Irish Lions.Can see it happening and hope it works
All the biggest movies of the year premier there trailers during the superbowl, How many of the 4 million veiwers watching including me for, Spiderman 2, Capt america, Transformers, Need 4 speed. As for the match all that was worth watching were the cheerleaders.
Please no! I've been a distant fan of the 49ers since Channel 4's coverage in the 80s, but we do not need or want any more US cultural imperialism here; bad enough with basketball having taken insidious root. Gridiron is best appreciated from a distance - say the width of the Atlantic!
What a absolute bore of a game. Blockhead macho men breast beating yelling and screaming doing gorilla impersonations. Where is the entertainment in that? The curiosity will last a couple of months.
80,000 EVERY other week at London, for 5 months..? Big ask, but even so, all those ans already support someone else. I won't give up being a Bear just because someone shifts a team to London. And of course, it HAS to be London doesn't it?
Yes, it's only 3 NFL games a season in London right now, but no team in the NFL plays more than 8 regular season games at home each year - it's a 16-game season.Thus, you can see what the NFL is doing - ensuring there's enough support for an NFL franchise in London by gradually increasing the number of games played here each year, until it's either 8 games or close to it.
Being a Brit abroad in the USA I went to my first game last week, the atmosphere was fantastic and the overall experience second to none. The way the fans are treated is far far better than in the uk, food choice is unreal, the whole game day experience is good. Sure it's a lot different than going to a premiership game, but theres a lot we could learn from it. With the right promotion?
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