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Friday, 22 January 2016

UK NFL boss Mark Waller is a Spurs fan, he hates Arsenal

I have written many a time about the importance of the NFL deal we signed and the fact that we are building a stadium that is designed to house a specialist NFL pitch without having to close rows of seating so the crowd can see the game.

You simply do not go to the expense of building a stadium if you have not already discussed a long-term relationship, in this case, a permanent franchise at White Hart Lane. It is nieve to expect us to have done anything less and we will know exactly where we stand in relation to that London franchise. Daniel Levy is an astute businessman, not a gambling fool. The stadium isn't being built just to accommodate 20 NFL over the next 10 years.

The NFL is beamed into millions of American homes and it can only help our name recognition if those games are beamed from our stadium. It also opens the way for huge commercial deals as well as the potential to increase our fanbase cementing us as the number one English premier League team in North America. That is the potential and that is what we are working to achieve.

NFL executive vice-chairman international Mark Waller says London is on track to have its own NFL franchise in just six more years.

"The fan base is big enough and passionate enough that it can support a franchise. 
"I felt in 2007 it was always a 15-year journey. I think we're on track to deliver that. I fundamentally believe we will deliver that. 
"We are in a unique position as a sport because of the way our season is structured - we only play one game a week. It's not something other American sports could do."
Mark Waller is the driving force in the UK for American Football, it is his role to expand the fanbase. It just so happens that he is a Tottenham fan and hates Arsenal as he told the Washington Post in 2014.

“I do fundamentally believe the deep-rooted divisive passion of U.K. soccer is unlike almost any other sports passion I’ve seen. It’s a very different passion in the U.K.; passion for soccer is actually passion for a team. I love Tottenham and I hate Arsenal."
While it will not have an impact on any deals made it certainly isn't going to be a hindrance.



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