Friday, April 24, 2009

They're 'Avin' A Laff ?!

The news today that the American NFL (National Football League) have had "substantive talks" with officials in London about the possibility of that city hosting a Super Bowl in the near future had me checking that we weren't having another April Fool's Day joke at the end of the month as well.

A Super Bowl in London ?  That's like having an FA Cup Final in New York or a Grand National in Louisville.  It's just not right and fans would be up in arms I should think and not just fans of whichever teams make it to the Super Bowl.

Can you imagine supporters of Man Utd, Liverpool, Chelsea etc jumping up and down with excitement at reaching an FA Cup Final when they know it would then mean a trip across the pond to watch it ?  I doubt the jumping up and down would be pleasure based.

Although the Super Bowl hasn't the history or tradition of an FA Cup Final and that it already takes place in a different city each year, it's still such an iconic Amercian sporting event that I just can't believe the NFL would agree to holding it anywhere outside America.

And London in January ?  Are they mad ?!!!!

The next three SB locations are set in stone already so it would be at least 4 years before London would be up for consideration anyway and that's a long time in sporting terms. I suspect it's a PR stunt of some kind but can you imagine if it DID happen and the BBC managed to buy the exclusive rights to it ?  We could watch a Super Bowl here with no adverts !!!   

Even if Jonathan Ross and Terry Wogan etc gave up a month of their salaries, I doubt Auntie Beeb could afford such coverage anyway so the big advertisers can breath easy.

Give us the odd NFL game by all means (it's The Bucks v The Patriots this October) but let Amercia keep their Super Bowl cause you know what'll happen next ?

That's right, they'll be wanting to enter the Eurovision Song Contest and we're not havin' it.  No, no, no.  

Israel maybe but not America.  


Daphne said...

Ahhh London in January - - what could be nicer? It'd be great if the Americans DID enter the Eurovision Song Contest - - they might help us out by getting even fewer votes than we do.

britoutofwater said...

Advertisers in the UK wouldn't be much interested in it anyway, given that the game would finish sometime around 2am to accommodate the US TV audience!

Brit' Gal Sarah said...

Well on the not so bright side Ulrikakaka could flash her boobs introducing the halftime entertainment!

As you said, madness.

Debby said...

I don't even like them playing the one game over there now. I think it's just silly. I certainly hope they don't take the superbowl over there. I just don't even understand the consideration! MHO of course.

YellowSwordfish said...

Actually, the BBC has broadcast the Superbowl without ads for the last two years. And had good studio guests like Jerry Rice. I have to say it is so much nicer to watch that way...

Silverback said...

Being in the US at the time, I'd no idea about that. Thanks for the update, Andy.

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