So the great London, England NFL market will get the Patriots and Rams next season. That city will the Rams for the next three seasons, in fact, with owner Stan Kroenke committed to a trio of overseas expeditions.
Since Kroenke is entering lease negotiations for the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis. Those talks that could lead to him exercising an “out” clause after the 2014 season, since the current lease demands that the dome remain an upper tier facility.
The timing of this London announcement can’t be viewed as coincidental. The news created a minor stir in the Twitterverse today.
Here is a sampling:
Mike Freeman: “America is exposing England to the Rams. #ThatsHowWarsStart”
Gregg Doyel: “The NFL wants to grow its league in England, so it sends ... the Rams?”
David Neal: “#NFL exports the #Rams the next 3 yrs, apparently realizing if the '07 #Dolphins didn't kill interest, you can shovel anything at them.”
Mike Sando: “Owning Arsenal Stan knows how important it is to grow an international brand.”
Matt Sebek: “Rams averaged 1.00 touchdowns per game last year. Arsenal averaged 1.81 goals per game. Get ready, England.”
John Marecek: “Who are these teams are that were begging for a satellite office in London? If so many wanted in, why'd the NFLs worst get it?”
Mike Sando: “One NFL team has committed to London while remaining noncommittal about St. Louis. Your thoughts, Rams fans?”
Joe Strauss: “I wonder if Wembley Stadium would be considered among top 25 percent of NFL stadia?”
Ross Tucker: “Maybe the Rams will play 4 home games in LA and the other 4 in London. The ‘Intercontinental Rams’?”
Peter King: “Brady will never play in St. Louis again.”
Drew Magary: “Will the people of St. Louis survive?”
Matt Sebek: “Rams will play a home game in England this season. Brits are advised to arrive "sometime in the 2nd quarter" to replicate the environment.”
Jason McIntyre: “Let's assume NFL franchises St. Louis & Jacksonville are in a race to move to LA. Winner moves to LA. Loser moves to . . .?”
The Fake ESPN: The Rams commit to playing a home game in London for 3 years, because you don't say no to spending one less day a year in St. Louis.