Thursday, February 2, 2012

Super Bowl in London?

Richard Florida on holding a Super Bowl in London.

At first blush, I thought this seemed like an odd idea given the failure of NFL Europe to create a successful American football league outside of the US.

On the other hand, perhaps the NFL will end up like the England's Premier League in soccer (i.e. football everywhere but the US and Canada) with fans around the world following via satellite TV and the internet. Fox Sports was hyping Premier League games during its NFL playoff broadcasts.

And in Canada, my sense is that the NFL actually has more fans than the local league, the CFL, even though there are not any NFL teams (unlike the other major sports leagues - NBA, NHL and MLB) in Canada. I am not sure I ever met an actual Canadian who would fess up to having watched a regular season CFL game, though many watch the Grey Cup (the Super Bowl of Canadian football) as a sort of patriotic duty.

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