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725.MinardiCosworth The Millennium Stadium has a retractable roof. If you're in the wrong seats at Wembley when it's pouring down, you'll get drenched.Most of the NFL stadiums would put Wembley to shame, have you seen them?Even some of the college stadiums could match Wembley.
" As for Wembley its just a poor mans rose bowl in California. It doesnt even compete with America's lesser stadiums"None of America's stadiums compare with even the Millennium Stadium.Wembley is better than all of them.
723.Bencey I may be wrong but I think they're talking about relocating an existing NFL team over here, like the Jaguars who have trouble filling their stadium.It needs to Wembley because they're in debt and need all the revenue they can get, hence the place being hire out for all sorts of things.
i know wembley has a high capacity of seats but why not use the olympic stadium if a london NFL team is to be created.
720.wolf359 Americain (sic) Football was popular in this country in the 80s but not any longer.===WRONGAttendances:England v San Marino, 56,000England v Norway, 40,000Dolphins v Raiders, 83,000
@BaggioYes there is a difference, but it is the same problem - ie the foreign players are as good if not better and are far cheaper (by comparison to home grown talent) and come for the money.Now the money has gone (No Rangers) the league is more competitive and is littered with Scottish players.Agree in PL, too rich now and it will take someone with big cahones to think forward
The FA are sadly mistaken if they think NFL can help them at Wembley.Americain Football was popular in this country in the 80s but not any longer.
NFL ? In this country ... who would want to watch a group of genetically engineered men brave their skills for upwards of 20 seconds before stopping and starting again. An hour long game takes the best part of four hours in live (for TV) transmission. Don't forget you all have to have time to get your hot dogs ... pieces of soft over sugared stale white bread containing poisonous rubbish.Money!!
@715 JDandfriesThere is a big difference though (unfortunately). Getting rid of 3rd rate players from Latvia/Sweden and giving young Scottish players a go is relatively simple if there is clear direction from the FA. The standard in the SPL etc. will not change much.There is too much money invested in the Premier League for that kind of thing to happen EVEN IF the FA were forward thinking.
British teams will only improve if foreign players, and by foreign, I mean foreign, are limited. The England cricket team were in the doldrums for years before limits were introduced and behold ... West Indies thrashed, India thrashed, Pakistan thrashed but best of all Australia thrashed. Ok, complacency has set in but Football has much to learn from this experience..
@715 - some people mate care more about having 4 CL places than in having a good national side. Of course imposing such a rule may harm English clubs in the CL but at present they're not doing that great anyway!Sometimes you need to go backwards in order to go forwards, sometimes need to make hard decisions today in order to gain the benefits tomorrow.We are too short-term now & lack vision.
@Baggio & BerbaSeriously, England are about 5 years away from being where Scotland were a few years ago and it all stems from the 'greatest league in the world'Too many cheaper foreigners and as such no English players really play.The lack of attraction to SPL means that clubs play Scots players now as opposed to imports, so things are on the up.Agree on rule of minimum no of ENG players
@711 JDandfriesFailing to qualify for Euro 2008 should have been our wake up call. But the media were too busy poking fun at the manager (who was rubbish) and wider problems were ignored.The priority in immediate future (doubt the FA will realise) should be to focus on being the best we can at U21 level. Get a winning mentality against top international teams early on in a players career.
@711 - I am happy to see us qualify, I don't have any illusions about us being a world power at all. Are we capable of more? Yes. Should we expect it in the current climate? No.People care more about their club than England anyway, some get a perverse pleasure in barely having a single Englishman playing for them. FA should make it a legal requirement to field at least 6 English players a side.
I have doubts about a franchise here, the reason the NFL games sell out over here is that they are a novelty and there is limited opportunity to see them, if we have a London franchise playing week in, week out would the interest remain and would people travel from far and wide each week?
@berbaI know how it works, we have been dreadful recently, but have made the changes that ENG need to make and are on the up we will qualify this time... and it will get a lot worse for ENG before it gets better..But if you are happy with just qualifying then fine, but don't moan when you get knocked out by someone like Greece.It's getting a bit tired rooting for ABE now, it's no fun anymore
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