NFL Commissioner on Verge of Adding Second Regular-Season Game in London

October 10, 2011

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is considering adding a second regular-season game in London and says the move will be discussed at the owners meetings this week.

“It’s been tremendously successful,” Goodell said before the Buffalo Bills’ game against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. “Fan reaction has been overwhelmingly positive, and we want to build on that.”

The commissioner said the league was happy with the game it played in Mexico City in 2005 — the first regular-season game outside the United States — but noted the NFL is focusing on adding a regular-season game in England.

The league played its first regular-season game in London in 2007 when the New York Giants defeated the Miami Dolphins 13-10. Since then, there have been three other annual games played at Wembley Stadium, and on Oct. 23 the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will take on the Chicago Bears in the English capital.

Goodell said that game is still not sold out, but attributed it to tickets not going on sale until after the lockout ended.