In its never-ending quest to spread the global fame of its fair sport, the National Football League is thinking about moving the Super Bowl overseas.
(London Fletcher soon won’t be the only London in the NFL)
The BBC reports that NFL officials have had “substantial talks” with officials from the city of London about bringing the Big Game to the land of bangers & mash. Since the last couple of regular season games have done so well in Wembley Stadium, the league & London seem serious about holding a Super Bowl across the pond:
“We’ve spoken on what it would take to host and for us to bring it over,” said events vice-president Frank Supovitz. “The city has all the facilities needed, and in great quantity.”
And Visit London, the city’s official visitors bureau, is all for more football, American style:
“Ever since the NFL began playing games in London we have been in discussions with the NFL about what is involved in staging Super Bowl from the host city perspective,” said commercial director David Hornby.
“It continues to be something we discuss on a regular basis, without there being any specific timetable or plan in place.”
But if the Super Bowl is going to wash up on England’s shores, it won’t be anytime in the next three years. The NFL has already chosen its next host sites - Miami, Dallas, and Indianapolis.
I say the NFL should give London a Super Bowl shot. It’s already expensive enough to attend the games, so what’s another couple hundred dollars in airline tickets to Heathrow? And because of the time difference, the game will have to start around 10 or 11 a.m. - thus eliminating the need for all those horrendous televised hours of pre-game hype.
And really, could London in February be any worse than central Indiana?