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Irsay says Super Bowl in London is possibility

Posted on: January 30, 2012 3:12 pm
Edited on: January 30, 2012 3:28 pm
IrsayBy Josh Katzowitz

INDIANAPOLIS -- The members of the Super Bowl committee lately have been content to award hosting duties in cities in the northern part of the U.S. For instance, Indianapolis here and New Jersey in 2014. But what about an international Super Bowl?

Apparently, that’s been something the committee has discussed.

“There’s a little bit of change in philosophy,” Irsay said Monday. “We have the 50-year anniversary coming up, which we’re looking at. There are some members of our committee who have been thinking about having an international Super Bowl in London. That obviously has some real pluses and minuses if you weren’t going to have it on America soil. Right now, we’re in a wait-and-see approach.”

Los Angeles also has drawn some interest from the Super Bowl committee, assuming the Farmer Field project is completed at some point. But London? It seems … well … not very fan-friendly and, probably more importantly, not very corporate-friendly.

It is good news that the committee is willing to get out of the San Diego-Miami-New Orleans rotation every once in a while. Though Dallas, in many ways, had problems, Indianapolis has been a dream so far. Of course, Super Bowl XLVI will be played in a dome, and if the weather drops to 30 degrees and snow begins to fall here, it won’t matter.

The same can’t be said for the New Meadowlands Super Bowl in two years.

“We’re always looking at new stadiums, in warm weather or in a dome,” Irsay said. “We’re obviously going to have a trial weather balloon on that in New York. It could be interesting.”

London could be interesting as well. But that doesn’t mean it’s a great idea.

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Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: January 31, 2012 1:44 pm

Irsay says Super Bowl in London is possibility

This just go to show you that the owners are taking the American football fans for granted.

You fans allow this to happen as well as in other sports. These owners do not take anything you say serious.

When they have a strike, they never invite any fans. When they decide to end the strike, you are right there in line buying tickets as if nothing has happened.

Let each city boycott a game a season after a strike and watch how things would change. Then the owners know you would want that football fix, so after the strike they would raise the price, count the exhibition games that the fans would pay for.

When the included the exhibition games that cost, I stopped buying season tickets. Can you imagine if 2/3rd of the season ticket holders had not purchased season tickets with the exhibition game included, we would not be paying for those silly games today?

What the owners know is that they will eventually play a Super Bowl in another country because all the fans would do is complain and return to the stands in droves.

Stop complaining you bought this on yourselves, you should have been complaining each strike by keeping you are A$$ at home for at least one game and not even watching the game on TV. Falling rating number would bring them to their senses.

We cannot do without a Manning jersey or a N.Y. Giant official cap. We have to have a Super Bowl souvenir.

As long as you are purchasing tickets, buying gear and not boycotting the games, they could care less about, the fans or our desires.

So just keep complaining.

They have you by the your sperm holders pulling you down hill in a fast rush, try to stop now.

Jim Irsay is not a nut, we are the nuts. Irsay is exploring the means of acquiring additional fans and revenue. Jim and other owners would sell additional authorized gear and pipe the pay for view games to their new fans. We sit idly by and allow this to happen  


Since: Oct 5, 2006
Posted on: January 31, 2012 1:41 pm

Irsay says Super Bowl in London is possibility

Isn't there some statistic stating the Super Bowl is watched by over a quarter of the world's population?  Why shouldn't it be played in other countries?  Like the idea of taking Spartans and Trojans (MSU and USC) college football to Athens, having the Super Bowl in other places around the world sounds like a winner.

Since: Oct 18, 2007
Posted on: January 31, 2012 1:41 pm

Irsay says Super Bowl in London is possibility

What a stupid idea.The F.A. Cup would never be held outside of England so I doubt very much the NFL will host a superbowl outside of the states.  I live 20 minutes away from Wembley stadium and have heard the commissioner bring this up almost yearly for near on twenty years. It'll never happen and is just a sound bite he thinks will keep European fans happy, although almost all of us realise it will never happen. I and probably most true fans don't want it here, it wouldn't be the same. I want AMERICAN football, I support AMERICAN football and if I want to see a game I'll go to AMERICA. I'm not even a fan of the international series it takes away homefield advantage for one team and I doubt the fan of the teams sent over here get a discount for one less game.

Just a few more days of Goddell spouting crap and it'll be forgotten until next years Superbowl or international series week. /;l

Since: Feb 6, 2008
Posted on: January 31, 2012 1:39 pm

Irsay says Super Bowl in London is possibility

This would just be another example of the NFL putting fans second.

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: January 31, 2012 1:38 pm

Irsay says Super Bowl in London is possibility

The Super Bowl might as well be in London since most Americans can't afford a ticket anyway. Just checked a ticket site. Tickets go from $2,400 to $14,000.

Since: Oct 5, 2006
Posted on: January 31, 2012 1:36 pm

Irsay says Super Bowl in London is possibility

With 22 pages of comments to wade through...  well, I've bailed.  Just a note in support of this idea.  Someone commented on the time of day and this would make the game played a lot earlier here which would be FANTASTIC.  On thing not liked about the Super Bowl is the late hour it is played at.  10 am Mountain would be awesome.

As for putting the game overseas -- keep pushing this, keep exporting the game, keep trying to build teams and fan support abroad.  Recent poll again confirmed pro football #1 in America...  greatest sport on the planet.

Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: January 31, 2012 1:09 pm

Irsay says Super Bowl in London is possibility

Why don't we just sent the Statue of Liberty over to London too?  I am sure they would love to see it up close as well.  People from London hate Americans, yet we continue to give them our beloved football.  They don't deserve it!  Fans need to take a stand on this if this becomes reality.

Since: Dec 29, 2010
Posted on: January 31, 2012 12:57 pm

Irsay says Super Bowl in London is possibility

Keep it up, NFL.  The USFL (prior to taking the suicide pill) and the 1960s American Football League should be reminders that you are not above a minor league coming along and stealing your thunder when you get out of line.

And playing the Super Bowl in London is about as out of line as you can get.

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: January 31, 2012 12:22 pm

Irsay says Super Bowl in London is possibility

Please no!  They only attend over there due to limited games.  Soccer and rugby are king in London.  NFL Europe was an utter dud!!!

Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: January 31, 2012 12:21 pm

Irsay says Super Bowl in London is possibility

If this ever happens I will disown the NFL. This is an American game. It's bad enough that they play games in London.

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