NFL to play three games in London next season

There probably won’t be a franchise in London, but the NFL is continuing to push its brand across the pond.

NFL.com reports that three teams — the Jaguars, Falcons, and Raiders — each will play one home game at Wembley Stadium in 2014.

As it stands now, two games are played in London every season. In Week 4, the Vikings and Steelers squared off in front of a crowd of more than 83,000. The Jaguars and 49ers will meet in London in Week 8.

Commissioner Roger Goodell, who’s spearheaded the league’s growing international presence, believes he’s just giving the people what they want.

“Our fans in the UK have continued to demonstrate that they love football and want more,” Goodell said. “Both of this year’s games in London sold out quickly. The fan enthusiasm for our sport continues to grow. By playing two games in the UK this year, we are creating more fans. We hope that with three games in London next year we will attract even more people to our game.”

The Jaguars, Falcons, and Raiders are all campaigning for new stadiums, so that they’re heading to England next season is no surprise.

Zack Kelberman
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