The Importance of the NFL International Series

Colin Mehigan@@colinmehiganCorrespondent IMay 20, 2009

LONDON - OCTOBER 26:  Ne-Yo perfoms the American National Anthem during the Bridgestone International Series NFL match between San Diego Chargers and New Orleans Saints at Wembley Stadium on October 26, 2008 in London, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

If the NFL wants to develop an international legacy to last for generations, then the International Series must continue in London and expand globally.

Of equal importance to this success, both the US media and public alike must begin to support the move and not express vitriol at the concept of playing the game internationally (i.e Len Pasquarelli, Tony Kornheiser, and Michael Wilbon amongst others).
Football does not have an Olympics or a World Championship with which to express itself globally, and I cannot understand the reluctance of some media members to embrace the International Series as it will ensure extra revenue streams (very important in these torrid economic times) and nurture an expanded fan base for time immemorial. 

The latter point would be a proud moment for any NFL fan.
Of course I cannot force others to come around to my way of thinking, and it is quite clear that the NFL public do not support the International Series. But without the support of both the American media and the public, the International Series will most probably be terminated in the next year or two.

Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but the bigger picture that awaits the NFL is not being viewed by some and not being articulated by many.
I work in a dead end office job in Dublin, Ireland, and I make a meagre $26,000 a year. If I was given the opportunity of working in America for one day a year I would embrace and relish the opportunity and not cry about the hardship of travelling in business class and having my routine interrupted.

I would also broaden my horizons and my mind, and become a more rounded person.