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Rams to face Patriots in London in '12

Posted on: January 20, 2012 8:40 am
Edited on: January 20, 2012 1:23 pm
Wembley StadiumBy Josh Katzowitz

With Rams owner Stan Kroenke also owning the English Premier Leagues’ Arsenal soccer team, a date in London to play the NFL’s annual international game certainly makes sense. And St. Louis players had better get used to it, because not only will they face the Patriots in 2012, but the Rams also have signed up to play in London in 2013 and 2014.

That’s the word from the team, which also reports that next year’s game will occur Oct. 28 at 1 p.m. ET (6 p.m. local time).

The Rams will be the home team in 2012, meaning they’ll lose a game at the Edward Jones Dome.

“This is a tremendous honor for our franchise, the city of St. Louis and our fans throughout the world,” Kroenke said in a statement. “We are excited about the opportunity to reach new audiences globally. This is a great platform to showcase the city of St. Louis to London and the UK.
“We’ve seen first-hand the increased popularity of the NFL not only in London but throughout Europe. To play a role in that growth over the next three years will be incredible and is a testament to the many good things happening not only in the NFL but also in the St. Louis Rams organization.”

[RELATED: Is playing in London a good idea for a team intent on winning the second half of the season?]

As the St. Louis Post Dispatch points out, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in October that he wanted to see a few teams becoming regulars in London (the Buccaneers, for example, have been twice already, and next year will mark New England's second trip across the Atlantic) so they could begin to build a following in Europe.

That would be “very powerful and lead us to what we ultimately would like to do -- have a franchise here in London,” Goodell said.

The NFL is contracted to play at least one regular-season contest in London through 2016.

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Since: Apr 24, 2010
Posted on: January 20, 2012 3:42 pm

Rams to face Patriots in London in '12

There are no "cheering concerns" in American Football or any other American sport for that matter.  American fans are every bit as passionate about our sports as Brittish fans are of The EPL, the layout of the games are just entirely different.  Singing in unison and blowing air horns would be a stupid thing to do when the home team has the ball and needs to hear the snap count from the QB, much more intelligent to stay quiet.  On the other hand, singing in unison is not nearly as distracting to the opposing team as 80,000 people screaming at the top of their lungs so they can't hear the snap count.  Singing, chanting, and sounding off various types of noisemakers would be an idiotic thing to do given the style of the gameplay

Since: Jan 16, 2012
Posted on: January 20, 2012 3:41 pm

Rams to face Patriots in London in '12

Aside from the recovery issues from the travel and time change adjustment, what is gained by playing an NFL game outside the USA? People who are real fans will subscribe to and watch any game they want each week, like a couple of my friends do here in Germany (they are German). They went to the USA to watch an NFL game. An NFL game outside the USA is not a real NFL game in terms of atmosphere. Basketball became a popular sport internationally long before the NBA considered playing outside the USA. Oddly enough, I don't see any English Premier League football (soccer) clubs playing a regular season game in the USA or even anywhere on the European continent for that matter. Why not? Probably because it would anger their loyal local fans who would have to forego a home game, like the Rams will.

Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: January 20, 2012 3:36 pm
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Since: Oct 5, 2011
Posted on: January 20, 2012 3:30 pm

Rams to face Patriots in London in '12

Can I just dispel this myth that people in the UK dont understand or care about the NFL. The vast majority of the fans over here have been following the game since 82-83 (I can even remember back to when the Browns were good !), the viewing figures have increased every year for the past 25+ years and a whole generation of kids over here are just as likely to support an NFL or basketball team as well as a football (soccer) team. Dont blame us for getting a game over here, blame Goodell and the greedy money grabbing owners like Glazer & Kroenke. I certainly dont agree with depriving ticket buying fans in the states of a game, but if you really wanna sell the brand over here and in europe a pre-season game just aint gonna do it. I would say tho that I cant believe that Goodell still thinks that a franchise would work over here because there is no way in a million years a team over here would last longer than 5 years

Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: January 20, 2012 3:26 pm

Rams to face Patriots in London in '12

If the NFL wants teams to go play in England then they should provide supersonic air transporatation for both teams. The trip is too long by normal flights and it throws the players out of sync.

Both teams that go should also have their bye week immediately after the trip.

Having a team in London would be a disaster. They would have eight road games that would all be in the USA. What a travel nightmare for the players, coaches and staff.

Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: January 20, 2012 3:23 pm

Rams to face Patriots in London in '12

there my friend will be the answer to your cheering concerns.
Cheering concerns?  I didn't realize I had any "cheering" concerns...  Most NFL fans are pretty smart and are there to watch the game, break down the x's and o's and really follow the action.  Not just use a sporting event as an excuse to fill a stadium with a big party because the game has very little strategy or action.

I'm not quite sure how singing in unison makes a crowd any more bad-ass than chanting Deeefense (yep, that's an "s" in America).  The point of that cheer is to make noise so the opposing team's offense can't hear the QB.  The thought of having to be a rude jackass to be a good fan is pretty ridiculous too.  I've never been to an NFL game where there wasn't a ton of taunting and even violence in the crowd.  But those people are generally giant losers or just plain drunk.  And the exception to the rule.  How that enhances the experience of the product on the field is way beyond me.  So you can keep your EPL hooligan ways across the pond thank you very much.  I don't see what's so cool about people getting trampled to death and beaten within an inch of their life for wearing the wrong color fashion accessory.  Yeah, when I think "scarf" I ALWAYS think "tough guy."

Since: Aug 1, 2007
Posted on: January 20, 2012 3:20 pm

Rams to face Patriots in London in '12

Someone mentioned getting a team in Canada, where you gonna put that team? Toronto would be vetoed by the Bills, and rightfully so as the Bills draw from lower Ontario in pretty god numbers. That leaves Montreal (a bad sports town if it isn't hockey), Vancouver who might be too close to Seattle who else is big enough? (Calgary and Edmonton ...don't think so). But what about Mexico City? Have you seen the exhibition games there? The stadium is huge and it's packed, the city has something like a gazillion people living in it, the market is pretty HUGE!

Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: January 20, 2012 2:54 pm

Rams to face Patriots in London in '12

they talk about the effect on east and west coast teams travel for games in the states. imagine what this will add for west coast teams having
to fly to london for games...even midamerica teams?  on the bright side, the NFL knows where the money is and the owners see those "pound"
signs dazzling in their eyesockets. how ya gonna say no?  

Since: Sep 9, 2008
Posted on: January 20, 2012 2:31 pm

Rams to face Patriots in London in '12


I agree that the crowds at pro football games are a bit tamed. But if you go to a college football game you'll find that the crowds are a little insane. Oregon, Wisconsin, Virginia Tech, LSU, Alabama, Florida. There's way too many to mention.

Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: January 20, 2012 2:30 pm

Rams to face Patriots in London in '12


Two points:
1. You've obviously never been to a good stadium during a goalline stand.  Noisier than anything in the world.  And certainly not soccer moms and rated G (or whatever you guys have there).
2. You guys have to make constant noise and cheer constantly during your soccer matches simply because hardly anything ever happens, and it is almost random when it does.  Your stadiums would be quiet most of the time if you only made noise during a scoring try, and it would be boring as heck.  In other words, you have to "sing" and blow hornds, etc., simply not to fall asleep.  This is not a problem at an NFL game, because even the home games of a bad team will have enough opposing fans to get things rocking.  The worse the team, the more opposing fans will be able to secure tickets... 

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