NFL Denies BBC Report That League Is Planning London Franchise by 2022

January 20, 2016   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The National Football League denied a BBC report early Wednesday that suggested there would be a permanent franchise in London by 2022.
Mark Long of the Associated Press reports an NFL spokesman stated the plan is "not true." The BBC reported the league "fundamentally believes" there would be an organization in the UK within the next six years.  
Mark Waller, the NFL's executive vice president of international, told the BBC the fanbase in London "is big enough and passionate enough that it can support a franchise." He also stated the league could be on track to deliver on the 15-year vision that arose in 2007 (hence the 2022 projection), but he didn't provide any specifics.
Waller has previously echoed this timeline, saying in September 2014 (via Albert Breer of NFL.com): "When we started (with the series in 2007), I reckoned it'd take 15 years to do it. That was what I expected, and we're still on course. We're at the midpoint now."
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