This season we saw the New England Patriots play a snooze game against the hapless Saint Louis Rams in London. Owner Robert Kraft of the Patriots was so giddy that he stated to British advocates at the game “the time had come for them to get their own franchise”.
Moreover, the Jacksonville Jagquars will be playing a 4 game series in London for the upcoming seasons. The NFL is clearly trying to establish the NFL equivalent of the Jaguar colony on British soil working to embed them into the local conscience of the market there.
But that got me thinking….. What about Los Angeles? Canada? Mexico?
I mean Los Angeles is the 2nd largest market in the USA and it has NO team. What is the deal with London before L.A.? That does not make any sense. Besides, in London, the NFL is the 8th watched sporting event behind darts and rounders; whatever that is! There is so much more reason to put a team in Los Angeles that there is just not space in this article.
I mean let me just say that, in London, NFL football is an afterthought. It’s just not that popular.
Here, let me blow your mind for a sec. Take this quick test.
- Which country, unlike England, has an long established college football system?
- Which country held the record for attendance to an NFL regular season game until the Dallas Cowboys broke it when they opened their new stadium and allowed people to stand in the tunnels so that they would insure that the record remained in the USA?
- Where is home to the largest number of Americans living abroad, as well as the world’s richest man?
- Which country is the United States’ third-largest foreign supplier of oil?
- Which country has the 14th largest economy in the world
- Which country has just 5% unemployment?
- Which country is slated to pass Brazil as the # 5 economy within 10 years?
- Which county has over 110 million people with the largest segment being the young people which is in contrast to England which has much less population with an average age approaching Rumplestillskin?
- In population, which country is by far the largest neighbor to the USA?
Guess what amigo, the answer is Mexico.
So what’s with London? L.A. and Mexico make so much more cents? In fact, Mexico and the Los Angeles are hot markets. London is in the wrong friggin time zone. It makes no sense on a hundred different levels.
Now, I called the NFL press office last week and they gave me their standard minutes from the owners minutes which make no reference to the reasons that Los Angeles and Mexico were being ignored by the Anglophiles in the corridors of NFL power.
You’d think that pure economics and profit would drive them but the evidence is that Mexico would be the far biggest prize to win. It’s growing economy with more than 70% of its population below the age of 30 would be a great ROI over the long run.
And imagine if the Mexico City Jaguars played the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl. Are you kidding me? There would be 100 million Mexicans watching, buying merchandise and making the NFL advertisers super happy.
And lets not forget those Hispanics within the U.S.A. They would be rooting for the Mexico City Jaguars as well getting them into the economic profit center. It just makes cents! Period
So why all the focus on London? Well, the NFL is not saying.
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Johnny Punish founded VT in 2004. After 20 years at the helm, he “retired” from the daily operations in late 2023 passing the ball over to the new owner of VT, Chief Justin Time. He now writes for VT as “Writer Emeritus”. He is also a global citizen eco-activist, visionary, musician, artist, entertainer, businessman, investor, life coach, podcast host, and syndicated columnist.
Punish is an ethnically cleansed Palestinian-American whose maternal family was evicted from their home in Haifa, Palestine in 1948 by Irgun; a Euro-Zionist Settler Terrorist Group. The family became part of the over 1,000,000 Palestinians who are Al-Nakba refugees (The Catastrophe). The family fled to Beirut Lebanon for 13 years eventually emigrating to the USA in 1961 via a Brasilian passport obtained by his Palestinian Brasilian-born grandmother (In the early 1900s, the family was sent to Sao Paolo Brasil as guest workers in the mining industry. Punish’s father is Italian-American from New York City. Punish’s paternal great-grandparents emigrated to the USA from Naples Italy and Marineo in Sicily in the 1890s. Punish was born in the Bronx, New York in 1963.
Punish was educated at the University of Nevada Las Vegas (1980-81) and California State University Fullerton (1981-1984) with studies in accounting and business. Before the “internets” had been invented, he owned and ran (5) national newspapers in the United States of America from 1987-1998. From 2004 to 2023, he owned and managed VT Foreign Policy retiring at the end of 2023.
Punish is also a recording artist. He has over 100 original songs written. He records and produces music. A member of ASCAP, Punish has several songs placed in feature films. His music is promoted worldwide and played on all digital networks and net radio.
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