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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: Jan 10, 2010
Posted on: January 20, 2012 1:00 pm
 

Rams to face Patriots in London in '12

so does this mean rams season ticket holders get a discount or a rebate for getting shorted a game?????? los angeles is building a stadium w/ no team atm and now the rams are playing games in london for the next 3 years? for the first time up till now, i extremely concerned that this franchise will move to london or LA when the rams stadium lease is up in a a few short years.



Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: January 20, 2012 12:54 pm
 

Rams to face Patriots in London in '12

WORST idea EVER!!!!

Goodell is a FREAKING PUTZ.

The english play futbol NOT football. Hell, most of the fans over there don't even know how to cheer a game, freaking whistle blowing, tea drinking bloaks!!!

The NFL is an AMERICAN game, it should STAY THAT WAY.

Man, I'd be pissed if I were a Rams fan. Not to mention when teams go over there, one of them LOSES a HOME GAME & the season ticket holders get SCREWED.

PISS OFF GOODELL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!




Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: January 20, 2012 12:53 pm
 

Rams to face Patriots in London in '12

They tried that already.  It didn't go all that well.  It was a fun novelty, but it didn't last on a full-time basis.



Since: Dec 14, 2007
Posted on: January 20, 2012 12:53 pm
 

Rams to face Patriots in London in '12

From what I've seen throughout the years, most Brits make fun of American "football". Trying to create a team/league in England is ridiculous. Come on Goodell, get a grip and stop seeing dollar signs in front of your face.



Since: May 14, 2008
Posted on: January 20, 2012 12:49 pm
 

Rams to face Patriots in London in '12

Glad to see you get your chance to ruin your season by being thrown into the circus in the middle the year.

Signed,
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers



Since: Nov 28, 2006
Posted on: January 20, 2012 12:42 pm
 

Rams to face Patriots in London in '12

They should play preseason games in London if they are going to do it.  The St. Louis fans are losing one home game, at least make it one that doesn't count. Another idea would be to discount the two preseason home games for fans to make up for the loss of a home game in the regular season. Just an idea.



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Since: Mar 9, 2008
Posted on: January 20, 2012 12:40 pm
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Since: Jan 7, 2007
Posted on: January 20, 2012 12:40 pm
 

Rams to face Patriots in London in '12

The talent in the NFL is already watered down.  Expansion to England is a bad idea.  If anything the NFL should reduce the number of franchises by two.  Playing games in England screws the stadium employees because they lose one eighth of the season.  It hurts the employees that work at the Edward Jones Dome, especially the vendors and their employees.  All it does is put money in the pockets of Stan Kroenke and the NFL.  It is like everything else.  It is all about the money.


TDAISON
Since: Mar 9, 2008
Posted on: January 20, 2012 12:38 pm
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Since: May 31, 2007
Posted on: January 20, 2012 12:29 pm
 

Rams to face Patriots in London in '12

Rams fans should be happy.  This probably saves the team for St. Louis
No, they should not.  This is not the salvation of the franchise for St. Louis.  It is a possible precursor for their eventual move to London on a permanent basis.  Goodell wants an actual team in the UK, and Kroenke is showing that he might be amenable to being the one to do it.


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