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SBD/October 12, 2011/Leagues and Governing Bodies
NFL Owners Vote To Continue Game In U.K., Don't Name Number Of Games Per Year
Published October 12, 2011
REGULAR GUESTS: ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas wrote under the header, "Could Bucs Be A Regular In London?" Yasinskas noted the resolution "allows teams to 'volunteer' for one home game a year in the U.K.," and this year's game is a home game for the Buccaneers, who also "played a home game there in 2009." Yaskinskas: "The Bucs are about to become the only team to return to London since the NFL started playing regular-season games there. The Bucs already have had a strong fan club in the U.K. for years. The owners of the Bucs (the Glazer family) also own the Manchester United soccer team. ... Plus, a yearly game in London would guarantee the Bucs at least one 'home' sellout a season" (ESPN.com, 10/11).
WE'LL GO, BUT ONLY AS THE VISITORS: Texans Owner Bob McNair said that he "wants the Texans to play in a regular-season game in the United Kingdom but only as the visiting team." But McNair "might change his thinking about giving up a home game if the NFL expands its schedule beyond 16 games." McNair: "I wouldn't completely rule it out if the length of the season changed and we had an extra game or (two). Then that might be something we'd consider" (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 10/12).