London games to all start early next season

PHOENIX (AP) All three NFL games in London next season will start in the afternoon there, allowing the league to broadcast tripleheaders in the United States on those Sundays.

The NFL experimented with the 9:30 a.m. EDT (2:30 p.m. London) start time this season when the Lions played the Falcons at Wembley Stadium. The other games were nighttime kickoffs in London that fit into the NFL's regular Sunday afternoon schedule.

Commissioner Roger Goodell said the earlier kickoff times were ''terrific for fans on the other side of the pond.''

He did not make any commitment to possibly placing a full-time team overseas but did say the NFL would continue to ''respond to that fan interest, and if we do, we don't know where it'll go, but there's great potential for the NFL in London.''

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