A politician today confirmed that the government is in talks over bringing an NFL franchise to the UK.
Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Secretary Karen Bradley has said that “discussions are ongoing” over the possibility of a team moving across the Atlantic very soon.
It came in response to Conservative MP Peter Bone’s question about the sport.
Bone said: “Mr Speaker, American Football is very popular in this country and growing so.
“In fact, we’ve had four regular season NFL games in London this year. It’s rather like Arsenal playing in New York in one of their Premier League games.
“Next year we’re going to have two games in London at Wembley and two games at the magnificent new Tottenham Hotspur ground.
“Could the Secretary of State tell the House what efforts are being made to attract a franchise to London?”
Ms Bradley responded very positively.
She replied: “I was at the Ravens-Jaguars match and we saw an amazing full house at Wembley of people enjoying American Football here in the United Kingdom.
“We want to continue to promote American Football here and discussions are ongoing about a full-time franchise.”
It is perhaps the clearest sign yet that a UK-based franchise is a real possibility. It may be sooner rather than later that we get a team we can call our own.