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    Tagliabue: 2007 game in Beijing possibility

    Posted on Thu, Mar. 30, 2006
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    Tagliabue: 2007 game in Beijing possibility
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    ORLANDO, Fla. – With the Summer Olympics headed to China, why not the NFL, too?

    Commissioner Paul Tagliabue said Wednesday the league is considering playing a preseason game in Beijing next summer, one year before the Olympics are staged there.

    The NFL has played exhibition games outside the United States regularly since 1986, although there won’t be any this summer. Last Oct. 2, Arizona beat San Francisco in the first regular-season game played abroad, in Mexico. The Cardinals gave up a home game in Tempe, Ariz., to play in Mexico City, where they drew 103,467 to Azteca Stadium.

    “I think the chances are increasing,” said Tagliabue, who was in China last May and met with Beijing officials and Chinese Olympic executives. “We’ve had many discussions on that and our international people have been to China.”

    Several NFL owners have cited China as a new frontier the NFL needs to penetrate in a global marketing approach. The NBA already has succeeded in that area, in great part thanks to the popularity of Rockets All-Star Yao Ming.

    Celebrations curtailed

    As a series of plays from the 2005 season flashed on the screen at the NFL meetings, people began to yawn. Examples of “down by contact” or minor movement that led to illegal procedure calls just weren’t attention grabbers.

    They woke up quickly when a tape came up showing Cincinnati’s Chad Johnson catching a touchdown pass from Carson Palmer, then picking up a pylon and putting the football from the back line of the end zone.

    Entertaining as Johnson’s putt looked, it won’t happen again – at least not without repercussions.

    NFL owners voted 29-3 to limit end-zone demonstrations, including those using props such as Johnson’s pylon putt or Terrell Owens’ Sharpie signing; or another Owens specialty, sit-ups after a score.

    Moves like that will now draw a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.

    Also banned: Johnson’s proposal to a cheerleader on the sideline – another of his shows last year – because he got down on one knee and doffed his helmet.

    On the other hand, his “Riverdance” routine, one of last season’s highlight film bests, will be OK because he stayed on his feet. That kind of thing is still allowed, as is spiking, dunking or spinning the ball after a TD.

    Raiders-Eagles in Hall game

    The NFL preseason will open with the Oakland Raiders playing the Philadelphia Eagles in the Hall of Fame game Aug. 6 in Canton, Ohio.

    The prime-time game will be the first televised by NBC under the new contract that gives it the rights to Sunday night telecasts. Analyst John Madden, the former coach of the Raiders, will be inducted into the hall that weekend.

    Former Eagles star Reggie White, who died in 2004, also will be inducted.

    Broncos re-sign linebacker

    Broncos linebacker Keith Burns signed a one-year contract Wednesday that will keep him with Denver for an 11th season. Burns, entering his 13th year in the NFL, was an unrestricted free agent.

    In 182 career regular-season games, he has 222 tackles on special teams and 75 tackles (49 solo) on defense. He has 12 career postseason appearances, 10th highest in Broncos history.

    Burns also played for the Chicago Bears and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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    Re: Tagliabue: 2007 game in Beijing possibility

    Personally I am all for it. I actually think there should be an overseas regular season game every year.

    The Cardinals gave up a home game in Tempe, Ariz., to play in Mexico City, where they drew 103,467 to Azteca Stadium.

    It is a great way to increase worldwide support for football. China ia obviously a HUGE retail base. I would prefer to put it in European or South American countries, where it is more likely to suceed, but I like the idea.

    The team that won the SB the last year could give up their home game for it, and both teams could either follow or preceed the game with a bye week.

    The only part that sucks is the time difference. But there can only be a maximum of a 12 hour time difference, and you could start the game there so it is on at 8 or 9 pm in the home viewing area.

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    Re: Tagliabue: 2007 game in Beijing possibility

    Bring it to London!!

    If you had a game in London then the 5 or 9 hour time difference wouldn't mean anything. An 8pm kickoff here (which isn't unusual for (proper :grin football matches that are nationally televised) would equate to a 3pm kickoff in New York or an 11am kickoff in L.A. To get the 1pm kickoff on the East Coast all you'd have to do is schedule the game in England to start at 6pm.

    Simple.

    Go on.. Bring the NFL to Wembley. You wouldn't regret it!

    :grin:

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    yah they need to play in england or some place like that..too many games in china and japan and places where the people dont have a clue on earth what is happening
    People who see life as anything more than pure entertainment are missing the point.

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    Re: Tagliabue: 2007 game in Beijing possibility

    "Benet" wrote:
    Bring it to London!!

    If you had a game in London then the 5 or 9 hour time difference wouldn't mean anything. An 8pm kickoff here (which isn't unusual for (proper :grin football matches that are nationally televised) would equate to a 3pm kickoff in New York or an 11am kickoff in L.A. To get the 1pm kickoff on the East Coast all you'd have to do is schedule the game in England to start at 6pm.

    Simple.

    Go on.. Bring the NFL to Wembley. You wouldn't regret it!

    :grin:

    If the NFL come to Wembley they better bring their tools with them :grin:

    Wembley completion delayed again

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    Re: Tagliabue: 2007 game in Beijing possibility

    BRING IT TO TORONTO

    It would be great to see a NFL game here

    It would be even better if it was a vikings game

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    Re: Tagliabue: 2007 game in Beijing possibility

    "scottishvike" wrote:
    If the NFL come to Wembley they better bring their tools with them :grin:

    Wembley completion delayed again
    Yeah yeah.. At least now the first thing to open Wembley won't be Bon Jovi!

    Bloody Aussies need to learn how to build things!!

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