Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 6/30/12
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 New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is currently in London promoting his team's Oct. 28 matchup against the St. Louis Rams and the NFL's general interests.

The NFL has held one game outside of London in each of the past five years and will continue to do so through 2016, which commissioner Roger Goodell said back in October that he hopes will "lead us to what we ultimately would like to do — have a franchise here in London.”

Goodell has at least one owner on board: Kraft. 

 

"I personally think we should have a franchise in London and that is something I am going to push for," Kraft said told Sky Sports. "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.

"I think we're starting to tap out in the United States. If you look at the last Super Bowl we were in this past season, we had over 180 million people watching — that's almost two thirds of America. So for us to grow the game, we have to expand globally. Having seen the kind of support we have received here in London, it is the intention of the NFL owners to get two games here, starting next year.”

Some players, including Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher, have expressed a disinterest or even frustration with having to travel to London for a game. It disrupts the flow of the season, Urlacher said in June 2011, before the Bears traveled across the pond to take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 

Kraft, however, says the experience was a good one for the Patriots, who defeated the Buccaneers 35-7 at Wembley Stadium in 2009.

 

“We lobbied hard to come back after having such a good experience in 2009,” he said. “It was good for team bonding and everyone really enjoyed our last trip to London."

 

 

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