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NFL commissioner says Super Bowl may someday be held in London


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By CHRIS KAHN, Associated Press Writer

October 15, 2007

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- A future Super Bowl champion may someday be crowned overseas in a game witnessed predominantly by a foreign audience, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said.

"There's a great deal of interest in holding a Super Bowl in London," Goodell told reporters Monday. "So we'll be looking at that."

The commissioner said London's new Wembley Stadium would make a great candidate for pro football's biggest matchup, given the enthusiasm overseas for the game.

The NFL has been expanding its overseas presence for years by televising games around the world. It's held preseason games in numerous countries in Europe, Asia, Mexico and Canada, and in 2005, the Arizona Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers played the first regular-season match outside the United States.

The game at Azteca Stadium in Mexico City drew the league's largest crowd to date, 103,467.

On Oct. 28, Wembley will host the first regular-season NFL game outside North America. It took just 90 minutes to sell the first 40,000 tickets for the game between the Miami Dolphins and New York Giants. Goodell said event organizers have sold 95,000 tickets in all.

Goodell spoke about the possibility of a British Super Bowl after a luncheon Monday in Scottsdale sponsored by the host committee for the 2008 Super Bowl in Arizona.

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I have no objections with exhibition or pre-season matches overseas but the big game? No. I sincerely hope not. I would like to see leagues spring up in foreign markets and maybe then the best of the best from each league could play each other for in an international bowl. As of now, though, the Super Bowl is between American teams and having the game elsewhere would anger domestic fans who will have to go to extra lengths to see their teams clash live in the most prestigious match of the season.

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heck no...this is the biggest sporting event in the US, it draws massive amount of $$ for the hosting city, helps our economy...unless there chunking over 1 billion dollars...no way

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