25th January 2010
NFL abandons plans to hold second regular-season match at Wembley
• Economic concerns behind decision to scrap added fixture
• Denver will face San Francisco at national stadium in October
The NFL has abandoned plans to hold a second regular-season game in London in 2010.
It had already been confirmed that the Denver Broncos will face the San Francisco 49ers at Wembley on 31 October and NFL UK officials had remained confident that a second game would be scheduled for later in the season after the plan won the endorsement of the NFL commissioner Roger Goodell last year.
But the current economic climate and the league’s need to prioritise a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with the players’ union have seen the plan dropped.
“Playing one game in the UK is a significant investment,” an NFL statement said. “Playing a second game is an even bigger investment. As we considered this, the uncertainty related to the ongoing CBA discussions linked to the current global economic climate were critical factors in our decision not to play a second game in the UK.
“Our ambition to bring a second game to the UK is as strong as ever. Once the current uncertainty is resolved, we will be in a strong position to bring multiple games to our UK fanbase.”
Wembley first hosted an NFL regular-season match in 2007, when the New York Giants faced the Miami Dolphins.
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