The Raiders are starting to do some foreign press in advance of their September 28 game against the Miami Dolphins. You’d expect some positive words to help sell tickets and Raiders gear, but running back Maurice Jones-Drew took it a step further. He said London deserves a full-time team.
“You know what? I think they deserve one,” Jones-Drew said in an interview with Brit View NFL. “It’s just the toll it takes on the body because it’s so hard to fly across the pond. I think the fans deserve it and London deserves it because it is a great city.”
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Having a permanent team in London would create headaches logistically, especially when playing teams from the West Coast.
“My only worry is the toll it would take for a team to go back and forth and how would you get that done?” Jones-Drew said. “There are some things they would have to work on – they might have to bring the Concorde back and cut that time in half. But you never know.”
Quarterback Matt Schaub agreed.
“I think that’s definitely in the future,” Schaub told Brit View NFL.
While there has been speculative talk of putting a team in London, the NFL has held games there annually since 2007. Three games will be played there this year.
Jones-Drew said it was clear fans in the United Kingdom had taken to the games staged across the Atlantic Ocean. Others agreed with that sentiment, and said that they’re looking forward to the opportunity to play in a new environment.
“I’m excited that the Raiders finally get a chance to come out to Wembley Stadium, to have some fun and get a win,” fullback Marcel Reece said. “We’re an international team and we have an international fan base – there is only one nation and that’s the Raider Nation.”