View Full Version : NFL Europa Folds After 16 Years

07-13-2007, 05:09 AM
FRANKFURT, Germany (Ticker) -- Calling it a "business decision," the NFL (http://www.kffl.com/team/77/nfl) on Friday announced it has decided to bring an end to its developmental league in Europe.
The announcement came less than a week after the Hamburg Sea Devils beat the Frankfurt Galaxy in the World Bowl title game in front of a crowd of just under 50,000 in Frankfurt.
"Together with the management of NFL (http://www.kffl.com/team/77/nfl) Europa, we have decided that cancelling the NFL (http://www.kffl.com/team/77/nfl) Europa games is the best business decision," NFL (http://www.kffl.com/team/77/nfl) commissioner Roger Goodell said. "From now on, we will concentrate on regular-season games and use new technology to make the NFL (http://www.kffl.com/team/77/nfl) more popular worldwide."
NFL (http://www.kffl.com/team/77/nfl) Europa, formerly called NFL (http://www.kffl.com/team/77/nfl) Europe, had five teams based in Germany and one in Amsterdam. The league reportedly was losing about $30 million per season.
The league had been in operation since 1991, with 10 teams from the United States and Europe. After closing for two seasons in 1993 and 1994, the league returned with six European teams.
Many players had crossed the Atlantic to work on their games before becoming important players in the NFL (http://www.kffl.com/team/77/nfl), including Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks Kurt Warner (http://www.kffl.com/player/1765/nfl) and Brad Johnson (http://www.kffl.com/player/1820/nfl). Games were popular in Germany, but poor attendance led to teams leaving London, Scotland and Barcelona.
"With the agreement of the NFL (http://www.kffl.com/team/77/nfl) team owners regarding the staging of regular-season NFL (http://www.kffl.com/team/77/nfl) games outside the USA, the time has come to change the NFL (http://www.kffl.com/team/77/nfl) strategy for success on an international level," Goodell said.
NFL (http://www.kffl.com/team/77/nfl) team owners have decided to play two regular-season games per season outside the United States. The first regular-season game will be staged at Wembley on October 28 between the Miami Dolphins (http://www.kffl.com/team/22/nfl) and the New York Giants (http://www.kffl.com/team/26/nfl).
The league says further games for Germany, Mexico and Canada are planned in the future.
"The fan base and the experiences in NFL (http://www.kffl.com/team/77/nfl) Europa have been superb," said Alistair Kirkwood, managing director of NFL (http://www.kffl.com/team/77/nfl) UK. "The European league did a tremendous job, but now we're looking forward to the Wembley game, and the next game in Germany."Wow, didn't even hear about this...
kinda sucks for players who need that little extra to help get ready for the NFL here in the states.
And taking the games outside of US is pretty stupid also. that got to suck for season ticket holders who now have to give up a game because they can't travel to Europe or some god forsaken Country.

07-13-2007, 07:46 AM
The league reportedly was losing about $30 million per season.

Thats a good enough reason to fold a league.
Now maybe that can use this money towards better benefits for retired players.:2cents::bigthumb: