- Associated Press - Saturday, October 22, 2011

LONDON (AP) - Commissioner Roger Goodell says the NFL is considering a plan to have a few teams play regularly in Britain to build an overseas fan base. This would be part of the league’s evaluation about whether a team could be permanently based in London.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are making their second trip in three years to Wembley to play the Chicago Bears on Sunday. The league decided this month to continue playing games in London through at least 2016, and Goodell said Saturday he hopes more teams will agree to make multiple trips.

Goodell said the idea of letting a few teams build a British following will be “very powerful, and lead us (to) what we ultimately would like to do, have a franchise here in London.”

He expects the NFL to play multiple games in London as early as next year.