To Roger Goodell: Don't Un-Americanize Football

Bleacher ReportAnalyst IMay 4, 2009

TAMPA, FL - FEBRUARY 01:  A detail of an official game football signed by Roger Goodell is seen during Super Bowl XLIII on February 1, 2009 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

According to the Kansas City Star, in the next eight years, the NFL will move it's biggest game outside of the United States and across the border to London, England.

Quoting the article, the NFL has assured London that they will hold the Super Bowl as early as 2014.

In the current state of the US, there isn't anything more American than football.  When it comes to sports, the majority of Americans call football their favorite.

From the monster Paul Tagliabue built, to what Roger Goodell now has to handle, football has taken over the sports market. 

ESPN covers football all year round, it was the first of the four major sports to have its own channelit's the man among boys.

There is no competition for football, it's a monopoly that can't be messed with.  Arena Football lasted for a while, but it never really challenged the ratings of the NFL.

Look at some other sports. For example, the NHL competes with European teams for players.  There is no competition like that in the NFL.  Even the MLB has to compete with Japan and other leagues not associated with the big leagues.

The NFL has tried to hold games in London for the past couple of years.  The Giants played the Dolphins two years ago and last year, the Saints played the Chargers.

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Globalizing American football will not work, the NFL Europe failed miserly.  Europe will not adapt to this brand of football, they love their soccer.  Soccer is a worldwide sport.  Every country likes soccer, take it or leave it, soccer is still in America isn't it?  I know its not big here, but we still play it.

There are a few things the league has been doing lately that has made the sport take a step back.  For instance, making it as safe as possible for the quarterback, in other terms, making it a don't-touch-the-quarterback league.

Then there is the concept of the "No Fun League".  You have to think that if the players were allowed to celebrate just a little bit, they wouldn't go insane with their celebrations.  I mean give them some slack, let them dance.  That stuff entertains people.

Now if this report is true and the NFL actually plans on playing the Super Bowl in London, this will be a huge step back for the league.

Football is the only major sport that is strictly American.  Baseball has leagues in other countries and is a global sport now.  Basketball the same.  Football has no other league in any other country outside of North America.

Moving the Super Bowl to another country would be a huge mistake.  The television television will take a hit, the attendance wouldn't be the same, and it would risk a terrorist attack.

I don't think they really have taken that into consideration.  In general, not a lot of countries like America.  It would be easier for a terrorist to attack Americans in London.  I doubt that would happen, and I hope it wouldn't happen if they do decide to have the Super Bowl in London.

I'm a Philadelphia Eagles fan, and as much as I want the Birds to win the Super Bowl, I would not want them to win it in England.  It wouldn't be the same, it would be a drag.  It would be like okay, wasn't this an American sport and it was played in England?

To Roger Goodell:  Keep football in America, don't take the Super Bowl to London.

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