- Marco Rubio: U.S. at social, moral crossroads
- ‘We’re coming for you, Barack Obama’: Top U.S. official discloses threat from ISIL
- White flags baffle NYPD: ‘We’re lucky it wasn’t a bomb’
- N.Y. Gov. Cuomo’s office interfered with, pressured corruption commission: report
- Brit lawmaker: I would fire on Israel if I lived in Gaza
- VA apologizes to forgotten Marine veteran locked in Fla. clinic, forced to call 911
- U.S. social and economic trends on worrisome track, survey finds
- McDonald nomination unanimously referred to full Senate
- Chuck Norris honorary chairman of NRA voter registration campaign
- GOP outraged Obamacare investigators able to get coverage with fake IDs
Goodell says NFL hoping to add 2nd game in London
Question of the Day
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) - NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is interested in adding a second regular-season game in London and says the move will be discussed at the owners meetings this week.
“It’s been tremendously successful,” Goodell said before the Buffalo Bills‘ game against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. “Fan reaction has been overwhelmingly positive, and we want to build on that.”
The commissioner said the league was happy with the game it played in Mexico City in 2005 _ the first regular-season game outside the United States _ but noted the NFL is focusing on adding a regular-season game in England.
The league played its first regular-season game in London in 2007 when the New York Giants defeated the Miami Dolphins 13-10. Since then, there have been three other annual games played at Wembley Stadium, and on Oct. 23 the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will take on the Chicago Bears in the English capital.
Goodell said that game is still not sold out, but attributed it to tickets not going on sale until after the lockout ended.
The commissioner touched on several other topics during a 35-minute question-and-answer session with about 100 Bills season-ticket holders in a large suite overlooking the field.
“He really was a legend of the game,” Goodell said. “There’s not many people who had the kind of impact on the game. He was a commissioner, he was an owner, he was a coach, he was a general manager, and he was passionate about the game of football. He loved the NFL as much as anybody I know.”
“I really think right now our focus would be on making what we’ve done here with the Bills playing the one game _ and the preseason game every other year _ into Toronto successful,” he said. “The more we work on that and focus on that makes it even better for this market and for Toronto, because for us it’s all one region in many ways.”
Goodell also reiterated his confidence, and provided the biggest assurance so far, that the Bills will stay in Buffalo. Bills owner Ralph Wilson has said that he will not sell the team as long as he is still living.
“I hope Mr. Wilson’s going to be around owning this team for a long time,” Goodell said. “I spoke to him on Friday. … Talk about a guy who loves the game of football, loves this community and loves the Bills. He has what he thinks are the right steps for the team. We will obviously work with him and work with the team to fulfill his wishes. I know he will do, and we are confident that we will do, what’s in the best interest of this community and the NFL in general. I think that’s being taken care of.”
Wilson, who turns 93 this month, broke his hip in June and the injury prevented him from attending the Bills‘ first two home games.
Goodell, who is from nearby Jamestown, N.Y., attended Sunday’s game with friends and family members, including his brother Bill. He planned to watch the game from the stands.
The subsidies are a hit with patients who don't exist
- Democratic Sen. John Walsh plagiarized War College master's thesis: report
- CARSON: Costco and the perils of mixing politics and business
- 'We're coming for you, Barack Obama': Top U.S. official discloses threat from ISIL terrorists
- Netanyahu's Wikipedia page replaced with giant Palestinian flag
- Obama orders Pentagon advisers to Ukraine
- Obama says public not familiar enough with issues
- House task force to recommend National Guard on border, faster deportations
- Hezbollah warring in Syria could join fight against Israel
- Tom Petty: 'No one's got Christ more wrong than the Christians'
- Hamas orders civilians to die in Israeli airstrikes
Obama's biggest White House 'fails'
Celebrities turned politicians
Athletes turned actors
20 gadgets that changed the world
Fighting in Iraq