The NFL has played 11 regular-season games in London since 2007. Wembley Stadium will host three more games this season, starting with the Miami Dolphins against the New York Jets on Oct. 4. The NFL also recently announced a 10-year deal to play at least two games each season at Premier League club Tottenham's new stadium, which is scheduled to open in 2018.

NFL officials have said for years that they envisage having a franchise in London one day, though many issues still need to be resolved and the league wants to be sure an overseas team would be profitable.

The games at Wembley have been sell-outs and the NFL has built up a solid fan base in the U.K., where soccer, rugby and cricket are still the most popular sports. The BBC has signed deal to show highlights and Sky Sports has also signed a deal to show games to a UK audience.

The NFL coming to London will raise some legal challenges though, including:

  • Taxation, Immigration, Criminal, Competition, EU
  • Practical implications in making a London Franchise happen.
  • Commercial issues e.g. the impact of broadcasting and sponsorship both in the UK and US, both for NFL teams and individual players.
  • How London needs to adapt to embrace an NFL Franchise
  • Last but not least - why the NFL is looking to move to London.