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SBD/June 2, 2014/Leagues and Governing Bodies
Dolphins Owner Predicts NFL Team Will Relocate To L.A. Within Five Years
Published June 2, 2014
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ACROSS THE POND: Blank, when asked about the short- and long-term future of the NFL in Europe, said, "The games in London, I think are a tribute to the NFL, a tribute to the fans there, the quality of the game -- and I think that it’s proved conclusive that fans will come out when they see the real players playing games that are really meaningful, as opposed to NFL Europe. So I think -- and all three of the games for 2014 sold out immediately, 240,000 tickets. ... There’s been discussion about potentially having a franchise in London. I’m very optimistic." He added of the London games, "I think it will lead to [a team]. I think it will start with an increased number of games. That will be translated into a very successful series of games, and eventually, I think a franchise. And maybe more than one." Meanwhile, Blank said of his concerns regarding the league's future, "You have to worry a little bit about overexposure ... What worries me in any successful business is a word called complacency" (MMQB.SI.com, 6/2). PFT's Florio said of potential NFL expansion: “They like to talk about football being in London and L.A. Who’s going to move? The Bills are the only team right now that are a viable candidate and politically it could be disastrous for the NFL if they take the Bills out of Buffalo. I don’t know if there is a clear, no-brainer team that is going to move to L.A. or London and every few years somebody uses that possibility of a move to get the new stadium or the stadium upgrades that they want” (“The Dan Patrick Show,” 6/2).