Fri Apr 21, 2017, 01:44 PM
JonLP24 (20,271 posts)
NFL helping fund new Tottenham Hotspur stadium - sources
The NFL is helping to fund Tottenham Hotspur's new stadium and has contributed £10 million ($12.8m) to the project so far, sources have told ESPN FC.
The initial payment, recorded in the club's financial results, will go towards the tailoring of the 61,000-seater stadium for the hosting of NFL matches.
It is the first part of a significant contribution from the NFL to the overall cost of Spurs' new home, which it is estimated will be around £800m.
Tottenham have agreed a 10-year deal for the NFL to host a minimum of two matches per year at the stadium, which is expected to open for the start of the 2018-19 season.
Speaking last year, Spurs chairman Daniel Levy told ESPN: "If it ever got to a stage where the NFL decided it wanted to have a permanent team in London, this stadium could literally be their stadium as opposed to an NFL team feeling they're renting Tottenham's stadium."
Mark Waller, the NFL executive vice-president who is working with Levy on the project, has said the NFL hopes to have a permanent franchise in London by 2020.
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NFL helping fund new Tottenham Hotspur stadium - sources (Original post)
Response to JonLP24 (Original post)
Fri Apr 21, 2017, 01:54 PM
sharp_stick (13,917 posts)
1. Could you imagine how much fun it would be for a team like the Seahawks
or Cowboys to travel to London for a game only to get back home for another one the next week? I suppose you could try to schedule teams travelling to London for bye weeks when they get home but if they ever managed to get a home playoff or two in London it would be a nightmare.
I think the idea of putting a permanent team at least 5 time zones, and as many as 8 away from any existing team isn't very smart.
Response to sharp_stick (Reply #1)
Fri Apr 21, 2017, 01:56 PM
LisaM (19,917 posts)
3. I clicked on this story because it was Spurs, but I'm actually not a fan of the London games.
Among other things, they come on at 6:30 in the morning on the West Coast. My friends in Michigan like it, but it's just too early on a Sunday to get up and watch a game.
Response to LisaM (Reply #3)
Sat Apr 22, 2017, 03:57 PM
JonLP24 (20,271 posts)
4. My Cardinals play the Rams in London and Im not looking forward to it at all
because of the 6:30 reason but luckily it is a road game, it comes before the bye week, and the time zone affect will be the same for both teams.