By Michael Silver, Yahoo! Sports
October 26, 2007
Folks, brace yourselves: IFL Commissioner Roger Goodell approaches the podium... "In the 1st Round of the 2015 IFL draft, the London Fog select kickserve, out of the University of Mutton Pie, London, England."
LONDON – The end of the world as we know it officially arrived at the Landmark Hotel near Regent Park, as a large gathering of very powerful business leaders in dark suits coalesced to talk about the globalization of sports in the 21st century.
Kicking off a conference sponsored by The Economist, sleep-deprived NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell...stepped to the podium in an ornate ballroom and told the assembled movers and shakers, "The focus of our international strategy now is to present the NFL to the widest possible audience."
Translated into the King's English, what Goodell's words mean to the American sports fan is this: Sunday's game at Wembley Stadium between the New York Giants and Miami Dolphins is only the beginning...
That also means – brace yourselves – that Goodell wasn't just blowing London fog when he said earlier this month that he was intrigued by the idea of staging a Super Bowl across the pond.
Before I give you my reasons for supporting Super Bowl UK, rest assured that Goodell, Waller and I aren't the only ones thinking this way. "I'm in favor," said New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, who attended the conference along with many of his peers. "It's the next frontier."
Miami Dolphins owner Wayne Huizenga agreed, saying, "If the league decides to come here, I think it would be well-received. It's part of the whole globalization thing we're talking about here today. I don't know how the other owners feel about it, but I think it's a good idea."
If you don't plan on travelling to the game, then no big woop! It might be kind of cool (though I think it's a ridiculous idea to schedule a regular season game overseas unless both teams have a bye the following week). But for those fans travelling... well, it's not going to be the same fan base, as the British pound has been twice as strong as the USD for several years now.