NFL envisions London-based team in 2022
"When we started (with the series in 2007), I reckoned it'd take 15 years to do it," said Waller, the NFL's international chief. "That was what I expected, and we're still on course. We're at the midpoint now."
So if things go according to Waller's forecast, the London (fill-in-the-blanks) will be (likely) kicking off in Wembley Stadium in 2022. At the outset of that season, the next collective bargaining agreement will be in place (establishing stability), and the television contracts will be expiring (providing opportunity).
If NFL executive vice president of international Mark Waller needed confirmation of his goal of having an NFL franchise in London by 2022, it came on Saturday -- one day before the Raiders and Dolphins clash at Wembley Stadium -- in the form of the NFL's fan rally at Regent Street.Eventually, he says, the hope is to use the London template elsewhere in Europe or in Latin America. Germany, a hotbed for the sport on the other side of the Atlantic, would be a natural next step
. Waller specifically mentioned Brazil as another place to look, based on what he observed in the summer's World Cup.
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