NFL in London; 40,000 tickets sold in 90 minutes

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    May 16, 2007 11:34 PM GMT
    The NFL this year will be playing a regular season opener (not a pre-season exhibition game) for the first time on foreign soil. The Miami Dolphins will play the New York Giants in London's new Wembley Stadium. 40,000 tickets sold in 90 minutes. What do you think? Are the Brits interested in the NFL or do you think most the tickest were purchases by American expats living in London hungry for American sports? Do you think it's fare to football fans (esepcially if you are in Miami or New York) that the NFL is playing a regular season game opener in a foreign country? Do you think the NFL is motivated by greed? Do you think this will help or hinder the NFL?
  • Todtools

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    May 17, 2007 3:10 AM GMT
    I am thinking just that more men want to see all those tight butts and ass slapping that the players do. And let's not forget about the jock strap showing....
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    May 17, 2007 4:37 PM GMT
    Interesting-that will be a late game there I guess. My tendency is to think the NFL wants to get as much money as possible. I don't know how I'd feel if I were a Dolphins or Giants fan-probably not too happy.
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    May 25, 2007 11:20 AM GMT
    London is a truly multinational city so it's likely a lot of tickets went to expats and Brits who've lived and worked in the US and have experience with the game.

    I'm glad Wembley got the gig. Whilst our irregular-shaped-ball sport of choice is rugby, I imagine there's some curiosity about American football.

    My own rugby team was named after the Pittsburgh Steelers as one of our founders was an American football fan.
  • dhinkansas

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    May 25, 2007 2:58 PM GMT
    The NFL sees an untapped market, and clearly, the demand is there right now with the amount of tickets sold so quickly. Expanding the market means more merchandise sold overseas. This way the British get to experience a "real" game firsthand. I think I've heard where the league is considering a 17th game in the schedule, to be played in an overseas market.

    Nothing like football season :)