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NFL in UK?

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by English, Sep 29, 2014.

  1. English

    English @tonywaters

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    One of the questions I've been asked a lot during my current trip to Las Vegas and SD is about whether the NFL is 'big' in the UK or not. For message board members who truly want to know the answer to that question, the article below form the BBC Sports website gives an indication.

    http://www.bbc.com/sport/0/american-football/29391069

    Tony
     
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  2. Lance19

    Lance19 BoltTalker

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    Well, yeah, Tony...we might wonder, but we're still Americans! (hence: Can you just tell us [quickly] please?)

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  3. English

    English @tonywaters

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    OK.

    For those who don't want to read the article; the answer is YES (and it's becoming more popular year on year).

    Is that an improvement?
     
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  4. HEXEDBOLT

    HEXEDBOLT Don't like it, lump it!!!

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    The London Invaders or Red Coats would be cool, at least Americans would understand the team name that way.
     
  5. Concudan

    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

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    London Spitfires...
     
  6. Lance19

    Lance19 BoltTalker

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    LONDON CALLING...

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    'Cause "Losers o' War" isn't very catchy...
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  7. Pointyearedog

    Pointyearedog I only put idiots on ignore...

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    The London Fog.
     
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  8. Cheapseats

    Cheapseats Loud, proud Charger fan

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    So that's why NFL Europe was such a huge success....Oh wait....never mind.
     
  9. Concudan

    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

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    NFL Europe was like minor league football...
     
  10. Pointyearedog

    Pointyearedog I only put idiots on ignore...

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    Aaaahh Ooh! The Werewolves, of course...

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  11. Lance19

    Lance19 BoltTalker

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    Aaahoo!
    (Werewolves of London)
     
  12. Blitzy

    Blitzy Spanos Chargers Troll

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    The London Wankers gets my vote :tup:
     
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  13. Dublin Bolt

    Dublin Bolt BoltTalker

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    In my opinion I think locating a team in London would be a mistake for a couple of reasons. Number 1 of course is logistics, the traveling distances/jet lag etc would be v hard on that team and the teams that have to travel to play in London. No. 2, most NFL fans in Europe have 'their own team' already. While it could be argued that those same lads will go to the London team's games its not like the London team would have 'home team advantage'. I was at the Raiders Dolphins game the other day and there were as many Dolphins fans (if not more) than Raiders fans, many who became fans back in the day of Marino.

    The London game is a celebration of the game for us fans who support all 32 teams (I saw a jersey from every NFL team at the game, last one spotted was Buffalo), it should stay that way and continue to be used as a cash cow for teams in the US that don't sell out.
     
  14. Carlsbad_Bolt_Fan

    Carlsbad_Bolt_Fan Well-Known Member

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    And none of us are surprised! :D
     
  15. Lance19

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    [Shhhhhh...he thinks it means that their custard launchers are always 'out']
     
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  17. English

    English @tonywaters

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    You should probably explain why you think so
    A low standard of football, played by players who were already past-it or were never going to make the grade against even poorer teams was always a recipe for disaster.

    All NFL Europe did was give European fans an appetite for the bigger and better version.
     
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  18. English

    English @tonywaters

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    I agree with most of this, I, for instance would not change my allegiance overnight to become a fan of the London Fog or whatever, I would still be a Chargers fa. However, the system as it is remains unfair to season ticket holders in US.

    At present they buy a ST for 8 regular season games, which is not a great deal of football. To then take one of those matches and play it in London leaving only 7 true 'home' matches is simply wrong and I can understand why US fans are likely to prefer the options of either

    1. Only playing their team's road fixtures in London, not home ones
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    2. Having a full franchise based in London.
     
  19. Savage Lizard

    Savage Lizard Charger fan at 7000'

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    Wait, didn't we just send them the Raiders?
     
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  20. Concudan

    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

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    I think that is against the Geneva convention...
     
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  21. Blitzy

    Blitzy Spanos Chargers Troll

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    It was tongue-in-cheek! Plus, I lived in London from 1978 thru 1990, therefore I'm sorta of an authority on the "bloody wankers" ;)
     
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    English @tonywaters

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    Ah right... That makes me happy!
     
  23. Lance19

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    He's right! When most people here hear the word "wanker," they think of Blitzy! :whistling:
     
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  24. HEXEDBOLT

    HEXEDBOLT Don't like it, lump it!!!

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    Great idea and the Logo could be a picture of Big Ben that you can't see because of the fog bank.
     
  25. Blitzy

    Blitzy Spanos Chargers Troll

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    Stop whooring around for cheap nods to add up to your tally. To misuse my good name is too easy of a lay up!
     
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  26. Sandolf

    Sandolf Blue Moon Rising

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    The fans of Rhein Fire and Frankfurt Galaxy deserve a team more than London does. They showed up to the games no matter how bad the UDFA scrubs were. The NFL dropped the ball on the developmental league, not the fans. There could have been more Kurt Warners produced over there if the NFL team management were not so paranoid about injuries.
     
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  27. Carlsbad_Bolt_Fan

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    And aren't there many recreational American football leagues throughout Germany?
     
  28. Sandolf

    Sandolf Blue Moon Rising

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    The 1st and 2nd division leagues are more semi-pro.

    http://www.gfl.info/
     
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  29. Dublin Bolt

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    There is alot of truth to this... It was amazing to see the German fans pack out the stadiums and really get behind 'their' teams, no matter how good or bad the fare was. The developmental league has a place in this World if second stringers and practice squad guys for example were to fill the rosters. Guys like Brad Sorensen for example could be seen performing week in week out against pretty much NFL caliber opposition instead of holding a clip board year after year, and the team not really knowing if 'he has it or not'.
     
  30. Sandolf

    Sandolf Blue Moon Rising

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    Second stringers would have been utopia. As they became too chicken shet to send the third stringers is when the quality took a dive.


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