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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 28, 2007
Posted on: January 20, 2012 12:23 pm

Rams to face Patriots in London in '12

I've always heard that St. Louis "faces east" but this is just ridiculous ...

Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: January 20, 2012 12:15 pm

Rams to face Patriots in London in '12

Rams fans should be happy.  This probably saves the team for St. Louis.

It is a smart savvy decision to help bolster flailing revenues in that smaller market.

The Franchise has one foot out the door in a race with jacksonville to get to the future LA market.

The NFL will never ever give them another team if they lose a franchise for the second time since 1987.

The financial base just isn't working out in St Louis.  This move actually insure stability with new revenue streams to keep the team in the city.

7 homes games in St. Louis + 1 in London is far better than 8 games in Los Angeles for the "loyal fans of St. Louis."

Since: Jun 22, 2009
Posted on: January 20, 2012 12:11 pm

Rams to face Patriots in London in '12

The Rams are screwed.  It's one thing to try to climb back to respectability under the new regime.  That will be tough enough.  Then add the jet lag associated with one of these games every year for the next 3 years puts them at a competitive disadvantage the following week.  Both teams that play the London game are obviously at the same disadvantage, but the real impact will be the following week, when these teams will be less than ready to play.  Also, is this a sign of indifference from Stan Kroenke to Rams fans as he eyes a move to LA?

Since: Feb 11, 2008
Posted on: January 20, 2012 12:09 pm

Rams to face Patriots in London in '12

Mike:  Great idea moving the Pro Bowl there.  Would be interested to seem how many players would like to go and play vs how many would suddenly have an injury that precludes them from participating.

Great post.....

Since: Oct 5, 2011
Posted on: January 20, 2012 12:04 pm

Rams to face Patriots in London in '12

If the NFL really want to attract new fans and enlarge the fan base over here sending the Rams over for three years running is hardly the way to go ! If anything that'll put people off

Since: Sep 5, 2010
Posted on: January 20, 2012 12:01 pm

Rams to face Patriots in London in '12

“This is a tremendous honor for our franchise, the city of St. Louis and our fans throughout the world,”

After reading that statement in the article there are a few things I never would've figured...

1.) I had no idea that the Rams had such worldwide appeal (yes, that was sarcasm).
2.) I had no idea someone had enough gumption to try and shine such an obvious piece of ****.
3.) I had no idea an owner wanted to move from a city so badly that he decided to purposely alienate the entire city and fanbase.
4.) I had no idea the NFL was going to really try and run itself into the ground based on greed (i.e.- like the NBA) because that whole European idea is going to bomb.  

Kudos to me! I learned something(s) today!

Since: Apr 23, 2010
Posted on: January 20, 2012 11:57 am
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Since: Mar 21, 2009
Posted on: January 20, 2012 11:41 am

Rams to face Patriots in London in '12

I thought it was impossible for the Rams to have a worse ownership than the Frontierre's, I've being proven wrong!! How does it benefit the city of St.Louis?? It cannot it any way?? it benefits one person (Stan Kroenke),the fans of St,Louis have been loyal&very patient and this is what they get from mr walmart. Is Stan going to pay all the local vendors and restaurants and employees that need the income from those 8 games?? Hell no!! I thought the USA vision is about BRINGING MORE JOBS&MONEY to OUR COUNTRY. The powers that be who made this selfish decision are only concerned about their pockets. They might as well move back to the melting pot of LA(can NEVER have home field advantage there!). I have been a fan for over 36 years..this is disturbing news!!

Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: January 20, 2012 11:36 am

Rams to face Patriots in London in '12

If you're going to send teams to play in Britain, why not tsend wo of the best. Maybe at least bring the Super Bowl winner. Of course, they'll whine and wind up getting preferential treatment and stay in the U.S. I mean, does Europe send crappy teams to play soccer exhibitions in the U.S.?   

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: January 20, 2012 11:31 am

Rams to face Patriots in London in '12

Seems like it is all about the owner.  Not a big fan of the London game in general.  The crowd seemed asleep for the Bears Tampa game, it screws up everyone's schedule, and a team loses a home game.  All that and it is pretty clear that Europe cares about American football about as much as we care about soccer.  

How about they do the Pro Bowl over there, since it will have a bunch of marquee names and no one cares about it anyway?  

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