NFL will reportedly be adding more London games in 2017
Ravens-Jaguars will likely be one of the four games
If you love watching NFL games in England, then you're in luck because the league is expected to add at least one more London game for the 2017 season.
According to London-based radio commentator Will Gavin, the NFL is expected to hold four games in England next season. There were three London games played in 2016. The league is expected to make an official announcement sometime in December.
One of those four games will definitely involve the Jaguars, who are contracted to play in England at least once per season through 2020. As for who they'll play, the Jags could end up playing the Ravens. According to ESPN.com, the NFL notified Baltimore in late November that the team was under consideration to play in London next season.
One of the four games will definitely involve the Dolphins. Back in October, the NFL confirmed that Miami would be playing the Saints next season in England, although the date of the game hasn't been announced yet.
Both Wembley Stadium and Twickenham Stadium are expected to host games again next year. The 2016 season marked the first time that Twickenham hosted an NFL game. Before that, all London games had been played at Wembley Stadium.
The NFL has been adding new wrinkles to the International Series since 2013, when the league moved two games to London for the first time. Before that, there was only one game played per season in London between 2007 and 2012.
In 2014, the league added a third game to the international schedule. That was also the year that NFL introduced us to the 9:30 a.m. ET kickoff time. However, it doesn't look like that wrinkle's going to last much longer. A report on Wednesday said the league is going to scrap the 9:30 a.m. kickoff and have all London games start at 1 p.m. ET.
The only new wrinkle added in 2016 was the elimination of the bye week for one team. After the Colts played in England in Week 4 -- a 30-27 loss to Jacksonville -- they became the first team to not get a bye week following a game in London.
One more change that could eventually be coming is a team playing a London game twice in one season. Back in October, CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora reported that it will likely happen in the very near future. It almost happened in 2016 with the Redskins.
When the NFL originally announced this season's London games, the Redskins were scheduled to play the Bengals in Week 8. The league also scheduled the Rams to play the NFC East team that finished in the same spot of the standings after the 2015 season.
The Rams finished in third place last season, so if the Redskins had also finished in third place, then they would've played in London in both Week 7 and 8.
The NFL's Executive Vice President of International, Mark Waller, told La Canfora in October that the league "is making good progress" toward an eventual ownership vote on a relocation to London.
So if you're wondering why the NFL keeps moving games to London, it's because they're might eventually be a team there.
If the NFL does move four games to London next season, that would potentially mean there will be five international games in 2017. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in November that the league will likely return to Mexico next season and that the Patriots and Raiders would "probably" play in that game.
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