NFL: UK government will support plans for London based-team

Miami Dolphins beat Oakland Raiders at Wembley
A crowd of 83,436 watched Miami Dolphins beat Oakland Raiders at Wembley in September

Chancellor George Osborne says the UK government will support plans for a London-based NFL team.

The idea of Wembley becoming home to a franchise has been mooted since 2007, when 81,176 watched Miami Dolphins take on New York Giants at the venue.

Osborne has held talks with NFL officials and said the idea would be "a huge boost to London".

"I've said to the NFL that anything the government can do to make this happen, we will," he added.

Detroit Lions and Atlanta Falcons will meet on Sunday in the 10th NFL match to be played at Wembley. It will be the second this season after the Dolphins beat Oakland Raiders 38-14 in front of a crowd of 83,436 in September.

The previous nine matches have each attracted attendances of more than 76,000.

Osborne said: "There are 32 teams in America and one of them could be a London team. That's a serious prospect,

"It's not going to happen overnight but over the next few years."

Jacksonville Jaguars - who have committed to playing a game at Wembley each year until 2016 - will meet the Dallas Cowboys at Wembley on 9 November.

NFL games at Wembley
28 Oct 2007Miami Dolphins 10-13 New York Giants
26 Oct 2008New Orleans Saints 37-32 San Diego Chargers
25 Oct 2009Tampa Bay Buccaneers 7-35 New England Patriots
31 Oct 2010San Francisco 49ers 24-16 Denver Broncos
23 Oct 2011Tampa Bay Buccaneers 18-24 Chicago Bears
28 Oct 2012St Louis Rams 7-45 New England Patriots
29 Sept 2013Minnesota Vikings 34-27 Pittsburgh Steelers
27 Oct 2013Jacksonville Jaguars 10-42 San Francisco 49ers
28 Sept 2014Oakland Raiders 14-38 Miami Dolphins
26 Oct 2014Atlanta Falcons v Detroit Lions
9 Nov 2014Jacksonville Jaguars v Dallas Cowboys
designated "home" team listed first

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