Bring the NFL Draft To London

Luke TaylorCorrespondent IIMarch 26, 2010

NEW YORK - APRIL 25:  Detroit Lions #1 draft pick Matthew Stafford poses for photographers with his family after his selection in the 2009 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 25, 2009 in New York City  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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Having been to all three NFL regular season games played at Wembley, and with tickets to the fourth, I can say I have personally experienced the love that the UK has for the NFL.

The NFL's popularity over here in England must be at an all-time high, and most fans can't wait for the 49ers to entertain the Broncos here in London again.

However, more and more we hear the argument for a second, third, and even fourth NFL match to be played in England every year.

Don't get me wrong, I love the NFL, and I would love to see more than one game a year, but the NFL must be careful not to dampen the occasion.

Too many games at Wembley will quell the enthusiasm for American Football. The yearly match is such a great day out. There's definitely a fear among UK fans that a second match could damped the atmosphere and enthusiasm for the NFL.

If it becomes too regular, then those people who follow American Football, but are not fans, will become bored of it. So I think the NFL should use a different tactic.

Give London the Draft.

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There are plenty of locations suitable for the occasion, not least the O2 Arena, and it will give us an opportunity to experience something new.

I still want the yearly match, but just once, wouldn't it be nice to do things a little differently? Shake it up a little? The draft being held in the UK would do just that.

Real NFL fans would jump at the opportunity, and those who were not so interested wouldn't understand the importance of the occasion. The latter are unfortunately buying up tickets for the games at Wembley at the expense of real fans—and all they do is start Mexican waves.

The Draft would be a chance for the UK to experience a different side of the sport.

It isn't something that any sport in the UK has, so would offer something original and new to us.

The appreciation of a gesture like this would be massive, and the occasion would certainly sell out. Plus, if it's held in its new format over several days, then more people would get a chance to attend.

I would personally love the opportunity to attend a Draft, but short of travelling to the US (which sadly is an expensive venture), it's not going to happen for me, or any other English fans. Is one year in England too much to ask?

If the US doesn't mind, the UK could really do with this. We'll even stop stealing your home games!

Please, give London the Draft!


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