Wembley Stadium Officials Desire Hosting London Nfl Franchise And Super Bowl

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| Week 3 NFL recap | Best images With the league expanding its annual international series from one game to two this year, the usual questions arise whether one day the league will expand to London. And while the league says any such decision is several years away, Wembley officials say they’ll be ready if the day comes. Squeezing in a full slate of home games on Sundays shouldn’t interfere with the stadium’s commitments to host England’s national team soccer fixtures and other events, Wembley’s managing director Roger Maslin said Monday. “Absolutely we can,” Maslin said in an executive box overlooking the Wembley pitch. “I am absolutely confident if (NFL Commissioner) Roger Goodell wanted to have a franchise here we could absolutely deliver on it.” Known for being England’s national football stadiumthe other football, played with a round ballWembley started staging regular-season NFL games in 2007. On Sunday, the Minnesota Vikings play the Pittsburgh Steelers, before the Jacksonville Jaguars face the San Francisco 49ers on Oct. 27. It is the first of four games over four seasons in London for the Jaguars, raising the prospect of the Florida team one day uprooting to London, where owner Shad Khan bought Premier League club Fulham in July. The two 2013 games sold out within hours, which Maslin said is a sign of the rising popularity of the NFL in Britain. Sunday’s game matches a pair of 0-3 clubs. The “core fan base” in the U.K. is now more than 2 million, according to Chris Parsons, the NFL’s senior vice president of international. That’s more than double the figure when the league first brought regular-season games to Wembley in 2007, but still not high enough for a franchise here to be sustainable. “We’ve doubled our fan base in the last 3 1-2 to four years,” Parsons said. “I’d like to see that at least double again in the next three or four years.

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Tomlin: Steelers healthy for London trip

Mike Tomlin talks with his quarterbacks Ben Roethlisberger and Bruce Gradkowski in the second half of a loss Sunday night to the Chicago Bears that dropped the Steelers to 0-3.

Yes, it would help grow the sport. No, too many potential issues. Submit Vote vote to see results Should the NFL have a franchise in London? Yes, it would help grow the sport. 39.9% No, too many potential issues. 60.1% Total votes: 4,219 Two games will take place at Wembley this season. The Pittsburgh Steelers and Minnesota Vikings will battle across the Atlantic this Sunday, and in late October, the San Francisco 49ers will face the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jaguars are scheduled to play one game in London each of the next four years. They are owned by Shad Khan, who also owns Fulham of the English Premier League, a club based in England’s capital. As for the future, the NFL’s senior vice president of international, Chris Parsons, says in an AP report that great strides have been made in recent years toward building a solid fanbase in England. There are no current plans to create a franchise in London, though. “We’ve doubled our fan base in the last 3 1/2 to four years,” Parsons said. “I’d like to see that at least double again in the next three or four years.

Tomlin will welcome the return of two starters. Cornerback Cortez Allen, who was injured in the first half of the opener against Tennessee and missed the past two games, appears almost fully recovered from an ankle injury. Tomlin said he is “optimistic” that Allen will be able to play. Tomlin said the same for rookie running back Le’Veon Bell, who injured his foot in the second preseason game at Washington and did not play in the first three regular-season games. “He perked up dramatically at the end of last week,” Tomlin said. “We’ll let practice dictate his availability.” The Steelers lost their third consecutive game to the start the season for the first time since 2000 when they fell to the Bears, 40-23, Sunday night. But Tomlin was able to find some positives in the defeat. Heath Miller, playing for the first time since reconstructive knee surgery in January, played 39 snaps on offense and had three receptions for 35 yards. “Heath Miller really did a nice job,” Tomlin said. “He performed well. We’ll move forward with hopefully no restrictions whatsoever.” The only injuries sustained in the Bears game were minor. Defensive linemen Brett Keisel and Steve McLendon are dealing with hamstring injuries, but Tomlin expects them to play in London. The Steelers and Vikings enter the game with 0-3 records, but they’re approaching the game in London different. The Vikings flew to London today and will practice there for three days before the game. The Steelers will go through their normal routine today, Wednesday and Thursday before flying to London Thursday night for an early Friday arrival.