The NFL has started talking to new venues about potentially hosting future games in England, putting pressure on Wembley Stadium, the only venue to date that has held a regular-season NFL game in London, reports Sports Business Journal via Pro Football Talk. The league's current contract with Wembley will expire in 2016.
Three NFL games will be played at Wembley in 2014 -- up from the two that were played there last season -- and there has been talk about expanding that number to four for the 2015 season. At least one game has been played at Wembley every season since the league began hosting games there in 2007. But if the stadium isn't able to create a new deal attractive enough to the NFL, it would open the door for other venues to host future games instead.
According to Sports Business Journal, another idea that's being considered is building a new stadium in London in partnership with one of the city's English Premier League clubs.
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Speculation continues to swirl about the possibility of adding a permanent NFL franchise in London, and Raiders running back Maurice Jones-Drew recently said he thinks the city deserves one, though he has some concern about travel.
Jones-Drew's Raiders will face the Dolphins on Sept. 28 in the first of three games at Wembley this season. The Falcons and the Lions will play on Oct. 26, and the Cowboys and Jaguars will play on Nov. 9.
- Molly Geary