NFL looks for new team to play in London after Rams scrap plans

Monday August 13th, 2012

The National Football League is looking for another team to play a regular season game in London over the next few years after the St. Louis Rams announced on Monday that they have scrapped plans to play one regular season game in the U.K. in 2013 and 2014.

NFL vice president of international business Chris Parsons told SBNation on Monday that the league will find another team to play in London in 2013 and that the decision would come in the next few months:

"We appreciate the Rams support for our international growth strategy. We are currently working to add a second game in the UK, potentially for the 2013 season, in response to the growth in popularity of our sport. We hope to finalize these plans in the months ahead."

The Rams and the NFL reached an agreement in spring 2012 to play a regular season game in London for the next few seasons but the team's vice president of football business operations said in an email to season ticket holders that those plans would no longer move forward "in an effort to focus on the Edward Jones Dome First Tier Process."

"We wanted to let our season ticket holders know that in an effort to focus on the Edward Jones Dome First Tier Process with the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission, the St. Louis Rams are withdrawing our commitment to play a home game in London in each of the 2013 and 2014 seasons," Demoff's email read.

The Rams will still play the New England Patriots in October at Wembley Stadium in London.

SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide — from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Grant Wahl, Andy Staples and more — delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.