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SBD Global/February 4, 2013/Leagues and Governing Bodies

NFL Sells Out Both London 2013 Games, Goodell Hints At U.K. Expansion

The NFL has sold out both games scheduled for London in '13, according to Paolo Bandini of the London GUARDIAN. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell hailed the news as "evidence of the league's growing support" in the U.K., and "left the door open to the possibility of one day placing a franchise in London." Goodell said, "I think the message is very clear. We've got passionate fans that love the NFL in the U.K." This is the first year in which the NFL has attempted to host multiple games in London. The early sellouts are "viewed in league offices as a powerful indication of the market's strength." Goodell said, "We're always asking what is the next step after two games. Do we move to three, do we try something else?" (GUARDIAN, 2/1).
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