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NFL could play eight games with different teams in London, won’t expand


So what’s the long-term goal for the NFL in London? Commissioner Roger Goodell said Saturday that he wants to put a team in both London and Los Angeles.

If that happens, it won’t entail expansion of the league. The NFL, we’re told, has no plan to grow beyond 32 teams.

And that would be a wise move. Based on the reality that there aren’t enough healthy and competent quarterbacks to go around for 32 teams, it would be a mistake to add one or two more franchises.

Thus, if/when teams move to London and/or Los Angeles, the league will be relocating existing teams.

As to London, it’s also possible that no one will move. Peter King of reported during Football Night in America that the league could play a full slate of eight games in England, with different teams playing in each game. Every team would play in London at least once every three years.

We floated the possibility of the cereal variety pack approach earlier this month, without actually knowing that it could be a possibility. According to King, it is.