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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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Comments

Since: Jan 4, 2007
Posted on: January 20, 2012 10:28 am
 

Rams to face Patriots in London in '12

Every time an NFL game goes to England I just cringe. All of the vendors are losing out, WE are losing out, that team's city is losing out and the money-hungry owners and "powers that be" are getting stronger. I am a Rams fan, and even if that "massacre" were to be televised I will boycott watching it like I boycott the England game every year. Soon we will be saying England GAMES, then we will be saying the England team....cant wait for that day....utterly sickening!



Since: Sep 27, 2009
Posted on: January 20, 2012 10:03 am
 

Rams to face Patriots in London in '12

The following Goodell statement is one in which all football fans should be weary and concerned.

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 use of the word we in the statement indicates this is a league goal, not something NFL fans are clamoring for the national pastime to achieve.

The league (and Goodell) know they have the fans on the hook (addicted) and can start expansion over sea’s without repercussion.

It's obviously a bigger “screw you” to the players than it is the fans, but a “screw you” to both none the less.

Times, they are a changing!

Peace.




Since: Dec 12, 2010
Posted on: January 20, 2012 9:57 am
 

Rams to face Patriots in London in '12

How does this bring money to the Rams organ-I-zation. The Rams must not control the concessions or parking for their stadium.
It's tough to determine if they are visionaries or fools. The past games must have generated SOME chatter. 



Since: Oct 2, 2007
Posted on: January 20, 2012 9:56 am
 

Rams to face Patriots in London in '12

This game for the Pats is like traveling to the west coast,the mileage is about the same,but what happens when seattle or the chargers or raiders have to fly 7,000 miles to play a game. Or are the excluded from losing a home game? This is only a good idea if it is preseason games they are playing. Losing a home game is not fair to the fans,it should be a road game for both teams,because that's what it is!



Since: Jan 20, 2012
Posted on: January 20, 2012 9:54 am
 

Rams to face Patriots in London in '12

The only benefit for St. Louis is that the season ticket holders won't get stuck buying a preseason game they don't want to go to.  It sounds like Kroenke is testing the market to see if London is viable new home for the Rams after their lease is up in St. Louis.



Since: Oct 5, 2006
Posted on: January 20, 2012 9:51 am
 

Rams to face Patriots in London in '12

Just not a fan of the whole international games! It's all about the money for the NFL. Let them have NFL Europe and keep are games home.



Since: Dec 12, 2006
Posted on: January 20, 2012 9:46 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.



Since: Oct 10, 2007
Posted on: January 20, 2012 9:45 am
 

Rams to face Patriots in London in '12

Duh, can U say GREED?  Good for St. Lou. Not,  good for NFL yes (merchandise sales). NFL is a money hungry entity that wants tap this market. I think idea altogether sucks for fans and players but  do you think NFL cares Not, show me da $$$.
My guess NFL is probably charging fans same numerical amount for tix, except in Brit pounds so Goddell is seething at the mouth about this opportunity



Since: Oct 23, 2009
Posted on: January 20, 2012 9:44 am
 

Rams to face Patriots in London in '12

Missouri taxpayers are still on the hook for the cost of building the St Louis domed stadium.  We were told to expect an economic boost from the home games.  There will be no economic boost for games played in London.  I resent this.



Since: Dec 9, 2008
Posted on: January 20, 2012 9:42 am
 

Rams to face Patriots in London in '12

I find it comical that the "patriots" could be a european favorite. Especially in a country we gained our independence from. Not a big deal, but a little funny.


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