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SBD/June 6, 2013/Leagues and Governing Bodies
NFL Focuses On Creating London Franchise As Means To Grow Brand Worldwide
Published June 6, 2013
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MISPLACED PRIORITIES? Columnist Kevin Blackistone said Goodell has a "fascination" with placing a franchise in London, "but it is a pipe dream, not going to happen, shouldn't happen, no reason for it to happen." ESPN's Pablo Torre said, "This is something that Roger Goodell has been planning for. He sees David Stern grow the NBA internationally. He wants what that guy has." ESPN's Bomani Jones said Goodell has "got to meet these revenue projections he's been making about making a gazillion dollars by 2025," and there is "only but so much money left to be made" in the U.S. Denver Post columnist Woody Paige said of Goodell, "I think he's intent on having to do this over a period of years, but before you do that why not put a team in Los Angeles that's in our own country? I think that's the first priority" ("Around The Horn," ESPN, 6/5).