Bryan Rose
Monday June 2nd, 2014

Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank: London could land NFL franchise The NFL will play three games in London this season. (Harry Engels/Getty Images)

Despite the failures of NFL Europe, the league continues to press the issue of playing games across the Atlantic.

What started as a one-game event has now morphed into a three-game annual tradition, and rumors continue to swirl that the NFL is exploring the idea of placing a franchise abroad full-time.

For what it's worth, the league has been relatively hush-hush about such an idea, continually stating that logistically it would be incredibly difficult to put a team in Europe. But Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank believes not only could London eventually be awarded an NFL franchise, there could be multiple teams playing in the city, via theMMQB's Peter King.

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"I think it will start with an increased number of games," he said. "That will be translated into a very successful series of games, and eventually, I think a franchise. And maybe more than one. London's a big city." Blank cited the popularity of the game as the reason behind his belief, bringing up the fact that the three 2014 games sold out immediately. The Atlanta Falcons owner also suggested that London may not be the only European country to experience the NFL, hinting that other cities could be destinations for regular-season games.

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