NFL growing in popularity in the UK.
American Football is growing in popularity in the UK, and NFL have made a commitment to their British fanbase by confirming there will be three games at Wembley in the 2014 season.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell confirmed on Tuesday night that after the recent success of the International Series at Wembley, there will be another three games in London next season, with the Oakland Raiders, Atlanta Falcons and Jacksonville Jaguars taking part as the home team in the respective games.
Goodell went on to praise the British NFL fans, stating that “Our fans in the UK have continued to demonstrate that they love football and want more. Both of this year’s games in London sold out quickly. The fan enthusiasm for our sport continues to grow. By playing two games in the UK this year, we are creating more fans. We hope that with three games in London next year we will attract even more people to our game.”
There is still one game to come at Wembley this season, as the San Francisco 49ers take on the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, October 27th. The UK fanbase are delighted with the proposed additional matches, but are almost unanimous in the opinion that any plans for a permanent UK franchise would not work, mainly because fans in the UK already have teams that they support and would not switch allegiances, and the logistics of players flying between America and Britain on a weekly basis could cause disharmony in respective teams.
The NFL is here to stay in the UK though, and you can either choose to embrace or ignore it – it’s only getting stronger. Not only do we now have regular season games played in Britain, there is also an official NFL UK magazine, events hosted with players, supporters clubs and now even British players in the league, such as Menelik Watson and Jack Crawford of the Oakland Raiders, who will now be returning to Britain after yesterday’s announcement.
For those interested in betting there is freebets.org coral bookies the increasing popularity is demonstrated by most bookmakers offering odds on NFL games, who the season MVP will be, who will pass for the most yards, who will rack up the most receiving yards and who will rush for the most yards, as well as odds on college football games now too. It seems that the majority of bookmakers only offer odds on a game-by-game basis, but some – such as Bet 365 and Ladbrokes – offer some of the more detailed markets as mentioned above.