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NFL Shows Serious Intentions Of Adding London Team In The "Foreseeable Future"
Published October 24, 2012
FLIGHT PLAN: In Providence, Paul Kenyon notes the Rams “left on a red-eye flight Monday night and arrived in London Tuesday morning” for their game against the Patriots this weekend at Wembley Stadium. The Rams as the home team are “required to take part in a number of activities promoting Sunday’s game.” The Patriots also will “take part in some of those events, although not nearly as many.” A number of former Rams stars, including “Torry Holt, Marshall Faulk and Isaac Bruce, will help promote the game during the week.” The Patriots “do not leave for London until Thursday night.” They take a “red-eye that has them scheduled to arrive in London at 7:10 a.m. Friday” (PROVIDENCE JOURNAL, 10/24).
THE STRAW THAT BROKE...: In St. Louis, Bryan Burwell notes the Rams now are “only on the hook for one trip to London instead of three and a new stadium deal in some yet-to-be-determined form in St. Louis seems to be somewhere off in the not-too-distant horizon.” Burwell: “So if the London game turns out to be a necessary evil that provoked a lot of very smart people to figure out a way to keep the Rams here in St. Louis, I say it's worth the pain of this one lost home game. This is what I call short-term pain leading to long-term pleasure.” Burwell continues: “Pay close attention over the next four months or so, and you'll start to see the makings of an agreement formulating that will keep [Rams Owner Stan] Kroenke's NFL team right here as a permanent fixture.” The clock is “still ticking on the arbitration process between the Rams and the city's Convention and Visitor's Bureau, and I wouldn't be surprised if by the end of the year everyone comes to the realization that refurbishing the Dome under anyone's plan won't please either side” (ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 10/24).