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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: Jul 27, 2010
Posted on: January 20, 2012 11:26 am
 

Rams to face Patriots in London in '12

Anyone think this is the first move to possibly move a team there? The owner owns Arsenal and could probably make a pretty good case for him being the one to move a team over there, being that he already has the connections. 



Since: Nov 16, 2006
Posted on: January 20, 2012 11:15 am
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Since: Nov 21, 2011
Posted on: January 20, 2012 11:12 am
 

Rams to face Patriots in London in '12

maybe the Rams could play Arsenal! be just as exciting as any other rams game and they might actually have a chance to win a game!



Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: January 20, 2012 11:03 am
 

Rams to face Patriots in London in '12

Patriots goin' to London, haha I love it.  Since 1776!!!



Since: Nov 13, 2009
Posted on: January 20, 2012 10:56 am
 

Rams to face Patriots in London in '12

Never like the idea of NFL teams traveling to London to play games.  Brits could care less about American football, let alone, anything American.  Roger Goodell is just trying to expand his NFL brand and cash in on revenues.  Nothing wrong with that, but having players travel across the Atlantic to play a game must be difficult, even if they are scheduled a bye week after.  Just leave the games in the U.S.



Since: Aug 9, 2008
Posted on: January 20, 2012 10:43 am
 

Rams to face Patriots in London in '12


Just a pre-curser to the eventual move to LA.
Or maybe Stan will set them up as a franchise in Merry Olde ...
I move to elect Heff Fischer's moutache to Parlement.





Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: January 20, 2012 10:39 am
 

Rams to face Patriots in London in '12

The whole idea of the NFL playing games in London is terrible. No matter who plays there, the game has a total disconnect for that particular week. Does the NFL really need to grow anymore? I'm pretty sure almost every game is sold out or close to it in every stadium. This stinks for the home team fans who lose a game. 7 home games a season really bites.

You should do some more research, or did you foget that within the past month that the Bengals have to offer buy one get one free just to fill the stadium.



Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: January 20, 2012 10:35 am
 

Rams to face Patriots in London in '12

How would you place 34 teams in divisions? How would you schedule 34 teams?

Dumb question. They managed just fine with 31 teams. Sure it wasn't as perfect and uniform as it is now, but there is no rule you have to have an even number of teams and symmetrical divisions.



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: January 20, 2012 10:30 am
 

Rams to face Patriots in London in '12

Putting a franchise in London is a kick in the ass to every player on that team and every team that has to play them in London.  First, there would be no greater home field advantage than forcing a team to travel, at a minimum, 3,300 miles.  And that's from the closest team, the Patriots.  For the Chokers to travel from San Diego is 5,500 miles.  Throw in the serious time difference and it's a recipe for disaster.  Then, what about the team in London?  Will they play 8 straight road games followed by 8 straight home games or vice versa?  What if they win their division and have to host a playoff game, but the next week have to be on the road in the US, then, by chance, happen to host the AFC/NFC Championship game in London?  How is that fair to them?  There are some serious logistics that need to be worked out.  As it is, the two teams that play in London now are at the same disadvantage.



Since: Nov 2, 2006
Posted on: January 20, 2012 10:29 am
 

Rams to face Patriots in London in '12

>The league could expand with two teams. London and LA. Then we won't have to worry about losing games to London and stop debating about which team will move to LA.

How would you place 34 teams in divisions? How would you schedule 34 teams?


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