Expanded NFL Schedule Would Not Mean More London Games
The idea of the NFL playing eight games in London annually has "received a lot of buzz" amid the news that owners are bargaining for 17 regular-season games in the next CBA, but one owner does not see that scenario "being seriously considered," according to Ben Volin of the BOSTON GLOBE. The thought is that with each team having 17 games, they would play "eight home games, eight road, and one international game." However, expanding the London inventory from four games to eight in a year "would be a massive undertaking, especially if the London games aren't major profit-generators." Additionally, having eight London games would only "take care of 16 teams." While the NFL plays one game a year in Mexico City, and has "strong pockets of fans in Germany and Brazil," it is "nowhere close to being able to hold multiple international games in any of those markets" (BOSTON GLOBE, 11/10).
JAG-GED EDGE: Fox' Rob Riggle during his weekly pregame picks segment asked pedestrians on the streets of N.Y. about Sunday's Giants-Jets matchup. HBO's John Oliver was among those who talked to Riggle, and Riggle asked him, "Are you excited for the big Giants-Jets game this weekend?" Oliver: "No, I'm not. I'm a Jaguars' fan. All British people like the Jaguars." Riggle asked, "Why?" Oliver: "Because you keep sending us the Jaguars. You're force-feeding us jaguar meat" ("Fox NFL Pregame," 11/10).