(Reuters) - The National Football League (NFL) will consider adding a second game in London to its regular season schedule, commissioner Roger Goodell said on Sunday.
Goodell said the tremendous support the NFL has enjoyed in London has opened the door to bringing a second game to the British capital next season.
He made the comments during a wide ranging discussion at a fan forum ahead of the Buffalo Bills-Philadelphia Eagles game,
The NFL played its first regular season games in London in 2007. This season’s matchup will feature the Chicago Bears against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on October 23 at Wembley Stadium.
”It’s been tremendously successful,“ Goodell said of previous games. ”We have sold that game out in the matter of hours.
”This year, because of the lockout, we didn’t start selling tickets until mid-August so we still have some tickets, but fan reaction has been overwhelmingly positive and we want to build on that.
“We’re going to talk about it at our league meeting on Tuesday with maybe the potential of expanding it to two games in London.”
While Goodell expressed his excitement about the success of the London games, he was not as enthused about the Bills’ contests being played across the Canadian border in Toronto, saying the fan experience needed to be improved.
In an attempt to expand their fan base, the Bills sold five regular season games and three preseason contests between 2008 and 2012 to Toronto for $78 million.
But ticket sales have often been slow.
“I think we can do it better and so do the Bills and so do the (Toronto) people,” said Goodell.
“We want to try and make that better for the fans that go from Buffalo up to the series, and also for the fans there in Toronto.”
Writing by Steve Keating in Toronto; Editing by Gene Cherry