Roger Goodell wants to eventually put an NFL franchise in London

General view of Wembley Stadium exterior during the NFL International Series game between the Chicago Bears and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. (Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports)

General view of Wembley Stadium exterior during the NFL International Series game between the Chicago Bears and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. (Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports)

The NFL’s foray into international waters may soon become far more than a simple, experimental exhibition. The league already plays two games a year in London’s Wembley Stadium, the home of the English national soccer team.

Those two contests have been so successful that commissioner Roger Goodell is planning on adding a third, according to Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post.

Now, why would Goodell want to schedule three games in London? One might be worried about over-saturating the market, but that is actually precisely what Goodell is looking for. If the English get weary from an overload of football, the NFL will take note and reassess.

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However, they are hoping that the third game thrives. They are hoping those across the pond want even more of it, that they want a fourth game, a fifth game, and eventually eight games.

But there is an elephant in the room, in the form of the second-largest television market in the country, Los Angeles.

New York has two teams, Chicago has one and Houston relatively recently got one as well. Even little ole’ Green Bay has its majestic Lambeau Field, housing the Green Bay Packers.

Despite being able to easily sustain the budgets of two baseball teams (and the Dodgers and Angels have two of the highest payrolls in the league right now), two basketball teams in the Clippers and Lakers, as well as a hockey team in the Kings, La La Land has no football team to root for.

From the sound of things, it looks like London may just have one before it as well.

*UPDATE* Jaguars could be playing two ‘home’ games a year in London soon

[H/T: Pro Football Talk]

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