Super Bowl for the Champions Cup

Roger Goodel (Chairman of the NFL) has acknowledged that talks have been going on in regards to holding the Super Bowl in London some time in the future.  There has already been success in playing football in England.  In 2007 the New York Giants played the Miami Dolphins at Wembley stadium in front of a sold out crowd of 80,000 fans.  It was deemed a success, and now the NFL wants to go bigger and better.

Ello Govnah

Ello Govnah

The theory behind moving the Super Bowl over the pond for a season would be to expand its interest over seas and make it a more global game.  I have discussed this idea with some major football fans, and it has not been accepted with arms wide open.  I have yet to hear an legit argument against the idea.

I think that it would be awesome to move the big game over to England for various reasons.  As we all know the Super Bowl is the only sport out of the big three to play just one game.  That means the chances of you, going to the game are slim.  What makes it even slimmer is the fact that if your team makes it to the Super Bowl, well the odds are they are not playing on their home turf.  Due to the fact that they change the location each year and that it is only one game with no home field advantage, then it makes the transition to the Queens backyard that much easier.

In the NBA all star game this past year there were five international players.  In the MLB all star game there were twenty plus international players. How many international guys were in the Pro Bowl?  Out side the United States football is huge, just not our football, the original football aka soccer.  What if we were getting international talent in the NFL similar to the NBA.  Look at what Dirk, Tony Parker, Pau Gasol, or Time Duncan have done for the NBA.  Now imagine what that could do for Americas biggest sport.  Imagine what it would do for the popularity of the sport world wide.  Look at what the International guys have done to baseball and basketball.  They have progressed the game and made it a world wide phenomenon.

Do you think there are Pop Warner leagues in Europe?  No, there are not.  I think it is crazy that soccer in the United States is miles ahead of what American football is in England.  If moving the Super Bowl to England could spark some interest to young Britts over there, that would be awesome.  It would be a start and indeed it would be great for the game.  I just hope that the NFL will not throw this idea out.  Goodel has done great things for the NFL so far, this one would be amazing.

I think that if we do let the Britts host our biggest event of the year, then they should return the favor.  I am asking them to play the finals of the Champions cup over here.  How amazing would that be, and think how much that would grow soccer out here.  You could hold it in the new Cowboys stadium or even the Rose Bowl.  Sell out the stadium broadcast the hell out of it and let the Brits show us how Soccer is truly done.

To sum things up, the Super Bowl in England is an awesome idea.  It would advance the sport and indeed make it more global.  Years down the road we will get more foreign players in the NFL advancing the game even more and making it that much better.  If we give them our big game then they should return the favor with the Champions Cup finals. 

If you are still not with me, I ask you this.  How many Super Bowls have you had the chance to attend? How many times has the Super Bowl been in your home town with your home team?  Does the location of the Super Bowl effect your viewing habits?  There will still be Super Bowl Sunday, you can still have that party, you can still cheer on your favorite team, the only difference is that before the game we will hear not only the Star Spangled Banner but God Save the Queen as well.

Super Bowl for Champions Cup,

London or bust-


7 Responses to “Super Bowl for the Champions Cup”

  1. April 26, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    Dude, a few things wrong with your assessment of what the Brits should do in return if we did play the Super Bowl in London: first, there is no finals for the Premier League. It’s a straight table format. Everybody plays everybody home and away, and the team with the most points at the end wins. What keeps the race exciting all the way to the last game isn’t playoffs (which is really an American concept as far as league play goes) it’s the fact that 2 or 3 teams could be playing on the same day for the championship depending on how the various scenarios play out, and the idea of relegation…what happens to the teams at the bottom, who are also still playing up to the last day of the season. No team is sitting at home on the day of the final game. Second, if there was some sort of final game for all the marbles in England (or Spain, Italy, France, or 90% of the other countries who have soccer leagues), like say a deciding game during the season, they’d NEVER let it be played anywhere but the home stadium of one of those two teams. Never. Even the final games of major tournaments happen in places that have been long decided in advance and in the same places as the rest of the tournament so that the soccer loving world can converge on that spot. Lastly, Premier League teams, as well as top Italian and Spanish teams, play here all the time. There’s a “World Soccer” tour coming this summer in fact that has top teams from several of the best leagues in the world. An EPL team plays our MLS all stars every year. The connection has been established for a while. I applaud your willingness to send the Super Bowl to London, I actually think it’s kind of a cool idea (the majority of Americans watch it on TV anyway rather than ever getting, or being able to afford to go), just don’t expect them to reciprocate any important games from the EPL…it’s just too huge there for them to give up.

  2. 2 Franky
    April 28, 2009 at 9:01 am

    I think he meant the Champions League…not the English Premier League….:D….CHAMPIONS LEAGUE = TOP TEAMS FROM EACH OF EUROPES SOCCER LEAGUES COMPETE …like world cup style….it would be AWESOME to see the CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL IN the USA….

  3. April 29, 2009 at 11:09 am

    okay, fair enough if he meant the Champions League final instead of the Premier League, but the CL final is the top teams from EUROPE…why would they ever allow it to come to the US? The Super Bowl is only the American football championship. 1 country’s sports champion. The CL is the champion from all of Europe. It’s not really a fair trade.

  4. 4 dmpnight
    April 30, 2009 at 11:42 am

    How about the FA Cup final?

    • 5 kaliphornya
      April 30, 2009 at 12:31 pm

      That would be great as well….The basis for this article is to see two top Euro teams go head to head, and not during their spring training, like we will see this summer. I think that would have a huge impact on US soccer, and would be unreal to watch…..

  5. 6 JumboBuc
    May 6, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    What the hell is the “Champions Cup”????

  6. 7 mj23
    May 6, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    Exactly y the Super Bowl should not be in England, The article was about american football and you idoits are arguing about fucking soccer. No offense but you dont care. THis possibly could be the worst idea ever.

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