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Friday, 14 April 2017

London is calling the NFL

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Eric Dier (he's the bigger one at the back - LOL) met a group of young players from the United States at the Club’s Training Centre on Thursday. They were aged between 12 and 15 and gained selection when they took part in the Tottenham Hotspur America Trophy, which is set to expand into two new states (Houston, Texas and Orlando, Florida) later this year. It has thus far been an annual event in Maryland.

To read a full report follow the link: Dier meets American hopefuls

On Monday 10 April Victor Wanyama met and showed around Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry who had come over for an NFL UK event and to talk to fans on Facebook.

Earlier today with , (Jarvis Landry) 🏈vs ⚽️

We continue to take these opportunities to register our name to the NFL fans in this country and the American public.

Tottenham Hotspur have a growing US fanbase and are one of only three Premier League teams to see an increase in viewing figures. Unlike in previous years the FA Cup semi-final will be screened and broadcast into the maximum number of homes by Fox instead of restricted channel viewing.

There are currently 64 Official Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Clubs across North America and that is more than any other Premier League club. We have Super Club’ partnerships in Tallahassee, Florida, and the Bay Area of California and are visiting the US for the 5th time in 7 years to take part in the International Champions Cup. 

We will play PSG at the Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Florida, AS Roma at the Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey and Manchester City at the Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tennessee. At each location we will run our usual coaching programmes as grass roots level. Time for a geography lesson for non-American readers, look closely.

I thought Nashville was a little further south too.

The San Diego Chiefs CEO Clark Hunt told reporter Albert Breer that the next move he could see would be overseas after the NFL’s annual meeting voted 31-1 to allow the LA Raider to move to Las Vegas.

"As chairman of the international committee, we are discussing what the best way is to continue to grow the business internationally and it’s no secret that a subject that’s been floated is one day having a team that’s playing at least their regular season schedule overseas. So that’d be the only thing I’d see in the near future. It’s certainly not imminent.”

Breer writes that the NFL launched the International Series in 2007 with a singular focus on building in London, while quietly setting a 15-year goal of becoming the first North American sports league to base a franchise there. One London game for the first six years became two in 2013, and two in 2013 became three in 2014. This year, the NFL will play four games in London (half of a home schedule) for the first time.

Next year, a dual-purpose stadium the NFL invested in at Tottenham will open; it’s the first one being built overseas for both American football and the British kind. After that, the hope is to eventually get to an eight-game series in London, which could either be the precursor to a club landing there or simply the long-term solution.

To read his full article follow the link: Beyond Vegas, London is calling the NFL 

It goes on to give ideas from New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft about how it might work.

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