|With five regular season games already in the record books and the possibility of a London NFL franchise regularly featured on the news agenda, the United Kingdom remains one of professional football’s key international markets. NFL games across the pond date back to 1983 and some of the greatest names in the sport’s history have graced the hallowed turf at Wembley Stadium.
“Football in the UK” is a series of articles for Profootballhof.com looking at the growth of professional football in the UK, British NFL journalist and Sky Sports television presenter Neil Reynolds examines the league’s history overseas, recalls some of the great games played in England’s capital city and assesses the chances of a British NFL franchise in the future. The series will run each Wednesday on the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s website through Week 8 when the New England Patriots and St. Louis Rams play in London.
In his sixth and final article of the series, Reynolds debates the possibility of the NFL placing a franchise in London. He asked numerous experts about the future of professional football in the U.K.
Part 5 – Regular season games the norm
Part 4 – "Real NFL games"
Part 3 – Hall of Famers at Wembley
Part 2 – Whetting the global appetite
Part 1 – 1986 American Bowl