The NFL has been playing regular-season games in London, England since 2007, and now the mayor of London is pushing for more.
During a recent interview with Talksport, London mayor Sadiq Khan said hat he would like see a Super Bowl be hosted by his city at some point in the near future and is also hoping that the NFL will award a franchise to London.
“I’ve been saying since the first day I became mayor my ambition is to have more American football games in London and ultimately for there to be a franchise there and, dare I say it, even the Super Bowl, I met recently one of the owners of the Jacksonville Jaguars, Shahid Khan. I’ve met the NFL commissioner on a number of occasions, most recently at the game at Twickenham this year and my team is working very closely with the NFL.”
This isn’t the first time the idea of an NFL franchise being located in London has been discussed. Back in 2016, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell even admitted that there was a “realistic” chance that London could land an NFL team at some point in the future.
The city of London is currently building three NFL stadiums including a 1.04 billion stadium that is set to open in 2018. The NFL is excited about the new Tottenham Hotspur stadium taht the league has already committed to playing at least two games per season over the next 10 years starting this year.
The NFL even chipped in $10 million to help build the Tottenham stadium.
If London is unable to land a Super Bowl or a franchise in the near future, the mayor of the city did mention that London could be getting as many as eight regular season games per season in the near future.