Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 6/29/12

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 20: Robert Kraft, team owner of the New England Patriots addresses the fans as he receives the Lamar Hunt AFC Championship trophy from CBS announcer Jim Nantz against the San Diego Chargers during the AFC Championship Game on January 20, 2008 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
This week Robert Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots, is on a promotional tour in Europe was quoted as saying, “ I personally think we should have a franchise in London, and that is something I am going to push for," Kraft said, according to SkySports.com. "I think I said that the last time we were over here in 2009 and before this next decade is out, I hope we have a team here. I think that would be right for the NFL, and this fan base has proven they deserve it.”

However, I disagree with Robert Craft, and this article explains why the NFL should not have a permanent franchise in London.

NFL
Starting in the 1920’s several football leagues and teams came together to form the American Professional Football Conference which would later become the National Football League. It is called the National Football League because it features only teams in America, and because it really has become America’s game.

I understand the thrill of playing a game or two each season overseas or trying to use football as a means of improving international relations but a permanent franchise in London would only undermine America’s game, and I do not want to watch a league called the International Football League.

Besides changing the name of the league would change the initials which would mean people would have to stop using the No Fun League and come up with new jokes against the league.

Los Angeles  
The possibility of moving the Minnesota Vikings to Los Angeles reopened the discussion about the need of bringing a NFL team back to the Los Angeles market. So if NFL fans are so passionate about bringing a team back to Los Angeles why is there even a discussion about moving a franchise or starting a franchise overseas?

Los Angeles would be a better location for a team because it is still in the United States, and  it would be in a major fan and television market, and would probably last longer and make more money for the league than a team in London.

Attendance has been good in the yearly game held in London over the past few years, but I do not know if attendance for an American game would hold if there were six or eight games there a year.

NFL Europe 
If we need another reason why a franchise in London is a bad idea, look no further than NFL Europe. Starting out as the World League of American Football, the league started out in 1991 as a type of spring football league. The league ran for two seasons before taking two seasons off and returned as the World League, and would eventually be known as NFL Europe and NFL Europa.  

The league would run from 1995 through 2007 and would serve as developmental league, or as a league for players who did not quite have what it took to be in the NFL. In 2007 the league was disbanded in favor of focusing on NFL regular season games overseas.

Ultimately though part of the reason that NFL Europe failed because it is an American sport that did not catch on in the soccer dominated European world.

Cost
Having a franchise based in London would cost the league money in having to consistently have teams fly back and forth across continents, while also having to house away teams and American players, and coaches for the duration of the season.

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