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NFL Selects Broncos-49ers For London Game At Wembley Stadium
Published January 18, 2010
|Broncos, 49ers Will Travel To London In
October As Part Of NFL's International Series
THINKING ABOUT TIME: Comcast SportsNet Bay Area's Bill Romanowski said the trip "is going to be hard" for the 49ers, as there is an eight-hour tim difference from S.F. to London. Romanowski: "This is going to be something that I think will take them two, three, maybe four weeks to get over that kind of jet lag." Santa Rosa Press Democrat reporter Lowell Cohn: "They should have used an East Coast team for this. I don't like the idea of the 49ers going through all of those time zones, and as you say, it takes time to recover." Sacramento Bee reporter Paul Gutierrez: "It's kind of a pain to get over there and have to deal with it, but at the same time, it's like a Monday night game. It's going to be the only game that is on in the entire country, as well as another entire country. Their eyeballs are all going to be on this game. So that kind of comes with it" ("Chronicle Live," Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, 1/15).
IS LONDON EVEN CALLING? In S.F., Ray Ratto wrote why England "would consider this a gift" from the NFL "is beyond us, but at least there was enough sensitivity displayed that the NFL didn't send" the Buccaneers. The Glazers own both the Buccaneers and Manchester United, and the ManU situation, which "can properly be considered potentially disastrous, is why putting an NFL game in Europe right now seems so odd." English soccer is "awash in bad debt and shaky clubs, and so yet another incursion from the NFL will look profoundly discordant" (SFGATE.com, 1/15).