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NFL Reports Half A Million Fans Attend Block Party On London's Regent Street Saturday
Published September 30, 2013
LONDON QUESTIONS: CBS’s Jim Nantz said, “We’ve been coming to London for a long time ... and we’ve seen the game grow not only in popularity but in a whole lot of excitement too.” CBS’s Phil Simms: “It definitely has grown over here in London. The people are more excited about it" ("The NFL Today," CBS, 9/29). But Fox's Howie Long said, “I don’t know how you have a franchise there, I really don’t. How do you do that? Do you play four games in the states and you’re on the road for four weeks and then play four at home?” ("Fox NFL Sunday," Fox, 9/29). ESPN's Tom Waddle: "If ultimately the goal is to have an NFL franchise play eight home games overseas, that’s never going to work" ("Colin's New Football Show," ESPN2, 9/29).
LONDON LACKING COVERAGE: Despite the big fan turnout Saturday, coverage in the London papers was slim. The web sites of the Telegraph, Daily Mail and Guardian did not have any NFL-related stories on their main pages. The Sunday Times had no mention of the game on the cover of the sports section. The game did receive coverage in one clip on Page 13 of the sports section (THE DAILY).