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SBD/January 20, 2012/Franchises
Rams Sign Three-Year Deal To Play One Home Game A Season In U.K.
Published January 20, 2012
PLAYING ACROSS THE POND: SKY SPORTS' Paul Higham notes the move "could be a huge step towards an NFL team being based in London." There had been "talk of multiple games being played as the sport continues to grow across the Atlantic, but the NFL have taken another route in naming a team to make regular visits" (SKYSPORTS.com, 1/20). NFL Network's Jason La Canfora notes while there is a "growing sentiment that two regular season games will be heading to Europe," the Patriots-Rams game "will be only game played in UK in 2012." SI's Peter King wrote, "Next year not a great year for second int'l game in Europe, with so much attention and money spent on the London Olympics" (TWITTER.com, 1/20).
TWITTER REAX: St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Bernie Miklasz wrote on his Twitter account, “Big stretch to assume this is part of plot to move Rams to London, but surely team knew such speculation was inevitable, unavoidable.” The Big Lead's Jason McIntyre wrote, "The NFL has been using the threat of LA to get favorable stadium deals; now, the NFL is using London." SI's King wrote, "I bet Rams fans are really happy about seeing their best home game in 2012 shipped to London. Brady will never play in St. Louis again." Panini America VP/Marketing Jason Howarth wrote, "If you can't sellout in STL it's worth giving up a game to int'l.” The Washington Examiner's Jim Williams wrote, "Let me get this straight. The @NFL is trying to grow their brand worldwide by playing in #London & they are using the @Rams? Interesting.”