Before we get to my annual Super Bowl Preview Extravaganza of the teams actually playing this weekend in Indianapolis, I think it’s time to check in on the NFL’s maniacal talk about hosting things in London. They already get an annual regular season game, usually with at least one completely trash team, but now Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay says maybe London could host a Super Bowl!
“There’s a little bit of change in philosophy,” Irsay said Monday. “We have the 50-year anniversary coming up, which we’re looking at. There are some members of our committee who have been thinking about having an international Super Bowl in London. That obviously has some real pluses and minuses if you weren’t going to have it on America soil. Right now, we’re in a wait-and-see approach.”
No. No no no no no no. Enough of this nonsense. American football’s premier league playing its title game overseas? As in eight hours ahead in the time zone for a game that usually is played at 3:30 PM PT? That is absurd. Ticket sales for Chicago vs. Tampa Bay this season were reported to be “slow”. While I’m sure the Super Bowl would sell out quickly at Wembley Stadium — simply through UK NFL fans and Americans who shell out extra traveling money — the idea that we need to force feed our sport on other markets is becoming tiresome. For the last five seasons the Buffalo Bills have lost a local home game to Toronto. New Orleans, San Francisco, Tampa Bay twice, and Miami have all relinquished a local home game to this pointless London match.
Could you imagine the English Premier League having Liverpool and Aston Villa playing each other at Gillette Stadium? Neither can I. This is nothing more than an attempt to further export our culture to other countries whether or not it’s practical or if the people even like it.
My only suggestion for Super Bowl L, is that the host stadium is the LA Coliseum, the same host from the very first Super Bowl. And who knows? Maybe the NFL will have a team in LA by then. But American sporting events and leagues should not be held abroad under any circumstances. No other country does it, so why should we?
No consideration at all. Please do not put the Super Bowl in London.