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6 hours ago, Doc Brown said:

Can't Portland, Salt Lake City, Columbus or Omaha get a team?  Putting two franchises in LA is one of the dumbest ideas in the long list of dumb ideas.

Columbus? No way!

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3 minutes ago, I am the egg man said:

After reading about the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, which was built with the NFL in mind, looks like its a not if, but when will the NFL have a team in London.

The really interesting story of that stadium is that it was built on the site of the old stadium. It was actually built in two halves around the existing one so they played in the old one the entire season while the first half was being built. Then they knocked the old one down, built the second half, and linked the two halves together. Amazing....but costly!

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37 minutes ago, SoCal Deek said:

What happens if a player’s passport is revoked? Or what if they don’t have one? 

Put him in the heated part of the luggage compartment, with the pets and Mongo.  They’ll never look.

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7 hours ago, reddogblitz said:

If there is so much interest in football in London, why don't they have their own league?

 

As I recall, the London Monarchs were one of the first teams in the WAFL to fold.

I don't know how to tell you this, but London is one city.

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48 minutes ago, SoCal Deek said:

I’m all for it. We had a blast in London when the Bills played there! 

That's nice BUT Wembley is a like an English LA Coliseum.  Built for Olympic events not NFL games.  Too many bad seats to sell.  How many "locals" go to game(s), or care about the NFL?   For those who do travel from the USA be prepared for the London departure tax buried on your plane ticket.  Last time I checked it was in the $160 range.

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Breakfast with the Bills (7 am, 1 pm London kickoff, I believe) would be fun once a year.

 

We did one against the Jags a few years back and everybody loved it.

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1 minute ago, Marv's Neighbor said:

That's nice BUT Wembley is a like an English LA Coliseum.  Built for Olympic events not NFL games.  Too many bad seats to sell.  How many "locals" go to game(s), or care about the NFL?   For those who do travel from the USA be prepared for the London departure tax buried on your plane ticket.  Last time I checked it was in the $160 range.

What does Wembley have to do with this?

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2 minutes ago, Marv's Neighbor said:

That's nice BUT Wembley is a like an English LA Coliseum.  Built for Olympic events not NFL games.  Too many bad seats to sell.  How many "locals" go to game(s), or care about the NFL?   For those who do travel from the USA be prepared for the London departure tax buried on your plane ticket.  Last time I checked it was in the $160 range.

 

The team would not be based at Wembley. They would be based at Tottenham which was designed partly with the NFL in mind.

 

As for how many "locals" go to the game..... well the tickets for the Panthers and Buccs sold out in 9 minutes when they went on sale in the UK. So, errr, lots.

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50 minutes ago, billsfan_34 said:

Geographically speaking we are in closer proximity for the AFC North- directly above Pittsburgh and due northeast of Cleveland. Baltimore belongs in the East and Miami belongs in the south- geographically of course 🤷‍♂️

 

I know that.   I just don't like that division and what comes with it.  

I mean there could be the advantage of becoming the BEST team in that division for 20 years thing ...  

 

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Just now, Marv's Neighbor said:

That's nice BUT Wembley is a like an English LA Coliseum.  Built for Olympic events not NFL games.  Too many bad seats to sell.  How many "locals" go to game(s), or care about the NFL?   For those who do travel from the USA be prepared for the London departure tax buried on your plane ticket.  Last time I checked it was in the $160 range.

With all due respect you’re wrong on all accounts. The London game experience was fantastic. The local fans loved it and it hasn’t worn off. Wembley was packed again this past weekend. And I’m not sure where you’re getting your travel tickets but we go quite often from Los Angeles and it’s cheaper for me to go and stay in London than it is for me to go ‘home’ to Buffalo! Last month my plane tickets were $575 round trip. If you haven’t gone....do it....it’s a hoot! And take in a soccer (football) match while in town.

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The London Chargers? In the AFC East? It could happen

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let them build their own league. sucks as it is with the travel and playing a game at 9 am. keep the nfl in the states. if it seems to be gaining that much popularity over there, they can start their own league?

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Jacksonville seems like a much better fit.

 

Isn't their owner from Europe and already own a soccer team there?

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11 minutes ago, LeGOATski said:

Jacksonville seems like a much better fit.

 

Isn't their owner from Europe and already own a soccer team there?

Some would opine that Fulham has been less than a soccer team lately. 😂

Come on Fulham!

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1 hour ago, BillsShredder83 said:

Columbus? No way!

Right? We already have our football team. 

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51 minutes ago, Marv's Neighbor said:

That's nice BUT Wembley is a like an English LA Coliseum.  Built for Olympic events not NFL games.  Too many bad seats to sell.  How many "locals" go to game(s), or care about the NFL?   For those who do travel from the USA be prepared for the London departure tax buried on your plane ticket.  Last time I checked it was in the $160 range.

 

The current Wembley stadium was built for football (soccer), with the ability to host NFL games and Rugby League.

 

The former Wembley stadium was the Olympic site but was demolished 16/17 years ago.

 

The new Wembley is an excellent, modern stadium. It is more likely games will be played at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium instead, though.

 

Also - plenty of NFL fans in the UK. 

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52 minutes ago, SlimShady'sGhost said:

 

I know that.   I just don't like that division and what comes with it.  

I mean there could be the advantage of becoming the BEST team in that division for 20 years thing ...  

 

I knew you did- just adding a little icing to the cake 😊

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1 hour ago, SoCal Deek said:

With all due respect you’re wrong on all accounts. The London game experience was fantastic. The local fans loved it and it hasn’t worn off. Wembley was packed again this past weekend. And I’m not sure where you’re getting your travel tickets but we go quite often from Los Angeles and it’s cheaper for me to go and stay in London than it is for me to go ‘home’ to Buffalo! Last month my plane tickets were $575 round trip. If you haven’t gone....do it....it’s a hoot! And take in a soccer (football) match while in town.

I know about the fare, it's the tax that's absurd  What was the total ticket?

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1 hour ago, Brit said:

 

The current Wembley stadium was built for football (soccer), with the ability to host NFL games and Rugby League.

 

The former Wembley stadium was the Olympic site but was demolished 16/17 years ago.

 

The new Wembley is an excellent, modern stadium. It is more likely games will be played at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium instead, though.

 

Also - plenty of NFL fans in the UK. 

 

19 actually. The final game at the old stadium was September 2000 - Kevin Keegan resigning in the toilets and all that.....

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2 hours ago, BillsShredder83 said:

Columbus? No way!

Columbus already has a pro football team. 

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I'd rather see them move to a city starved for an NFL team, or at least a city that will give half a crap. Chargers home games right now are a joke. Watched them against Pittsburgh a few weeks ago and the stands were plastered with Terrible Towels. Caught some of their game against Green Bay this past Sunday and it was definitely a GB crowd. 

 

If they do move to London, I'd imagine it'd be a tough sell to draw in free agents. 

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This may sound good on paper, but I highly doubt players are going to want to live in London half the year. Coaching staff and MGMT would have to live in London all year. Families on a different Continent is not too desirable for players and coaches. 

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Unpopular opinion but I'd LOVE an away game every year in London. I just can't see the Chargers going there over the Jags. The rest of the owners have to know that Khan is a much more dependable person to launch such an important expansion over Spanos, right?

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2 hours ago, YoloinOhio said:

Right? We already have our football team. 

 

You do?   Which one again? 

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3 hours ago, Bob Chandler's Hands said:

Agree with this except Portland is probably large enough (25th largest Metro area in the US)

 

Is there enough population outside the metro to support a team?  I'm not familiar with Oregon specifically but I know that pretty much when you get out beyond the suburbs of  major western cities outside of California, all you've got is farm and/or ranch land, forest or desert dotted with small towns of a few hundred people.  A major population center in these areas would have about 5000-10000 people.  The eastern parts of both Washington and Oregon are primarily sparsely populated mountains and high desert.   Even Northern Cal is much more rural and sparsely populated than further south around the Bay Area.

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Forget London and Mexico. I am waiting for that first Bills game in Vegas against the Raiders. That is the road trip I am looking forward to.

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