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SteelersfaninPhilly
02-12-2007, 12:23 PM
Updated: Feb. 12, 2007, 9:49 AM ET
Sources say Kings will open 2007-08 in London
By E.J. Hradek
ESPN The Magazine

The NFL isn't the only North American pro sports league that will play a regular-season game in London during the 2007-08 season. The buzz around the rinks is the NHL is preparing to do the same.

According to multiple sources, the Los Angeles Kings will open next season with a pair of games at The O2 in London. The O2 is a state-of-the-art arena scheduled to open with a series of Justin Timberlake concerts in early July. It is operated by Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG), which also owns the Kings.

L.A. will open its London swing with an exhibition contest before the two regular-season games. The Ducks and Canucks are two teams believed to be in the running to accompany the Kings to Great Britain.

This won't be the first time the league sent a pair of teams overseas to open the regular season. The Ducks and Canucks opened the 1997-98 season with a pair of games in Tokyo, Japan. A season later, the Sharks and Flames also traveled to Tokyo to begin the season.

The league is expected to make a formal announcement by early March.

The Dolphins will host the Giants at London's Wembley Stadium on Oct. 28, the first NFL regular-season game to be played outside of North America.

Steelersfan
02-12-2007, 01:42 PM
You'd think the NHL would of done this first with the huge fan base around the world.

SteelersfaninPhilly
02-12-2007, 08:09 PM
You'd think the NHL would of done this first with the huge fan base around the world.



NHL has a fan base? You have not seen the TV ratings have you? :lol:

BlitzburghRockCity
02-12-2007, 08:11 PM
Go to Canada and then look at the TV ratings :lol:

SteelersfaninPhilly
02-12-2007, 08:12 PM
Go to Canada and then look at the TV ratings :lol:



I would like to if I could afford it. Vancouver is a great city!

BlitzburghRockCity
02-12-2007, 08:14 PM
Indeed ! I have many friends who live north of the border, I always enjoy the scenery from the pics they share and how they describe the atmosphere up there as opposed to down here.

AZ_Steeler
02-12-2007, 08:18 PM
The only thing is it's the NHL... the sport hockey might have a huge fan base around the world but I don't think the NHL does? I could be wrong though... :dunno:

SteelersfaninPhilly
02-12-2007, 08:20 PM
The only thing is it's the NHL... the sport hockey might have a huge fan base around the world but I don't think the NHL does? I could be wrong though... :dunno:


And the coyotes should move back to Winnipeg. Colorado back to Quebec. Also Carolina back to Hartford. Then eliminate the southern division.

Steelersfan
02-13-2007, 01:44 AM
The only thing is it's the NHL... the sport hockey might have a huge fan base around the world but I don't think the NHL does? I could be wrong though... :dunno:

Hockey is much bigger outside the US and a lot of these players are from other countries. The NHL could make more money off this than the NFL if the market it right.

SteelerFan87
02-15-2007, 03:26 PM
So will those British hockey Steelers fans be at the game?

steelrhinos
08-27-2007, 09:47 AM
only a brief comment but it seems the event is a sell out....Quite intriguing in a way.I hadnt even heard this was happening til a couple of weeks ago.I understand its a sell out.
Coverage here that i know of is limited to pay per view suppliers.