That begs the question, will the game be on any Scandinavian networks?
The games in London to me are part of a much bigger picture than this poorly thought our complaint by Powers. If he's annoyed that they are playing in London vs in Minnesota, I get that. Tying in a uniform launch is comical at best.
My guess is that the Vikes are playing in London as a result of receiving financial aid for the new stadium. Probably a hand shake deal from the League, but, if not, so be it. Broad publicity and equity will come as a result.
In the end the whole idea of playing in Europe is a remnant of the expansionist idea of spreading the game to other continents and a belief they can expand the revenue abroad once it becomes stagnant within our borders. This is not going to happen and the idea if one day having a franchise in Europe would just be a disaster for the league.
But I guess at some point if they do place a team in LA they will need a new location to photoshop a mayflower truck to scare the citizens into voting for a new stadium.
Plus he does have a point about us losing a home game.
A quick check of the Steelers schedule & the London game isn't costing them a home game.
Steelers 2013 schedule: Fit to rebound after 8-8 season - Behind the Steel Curtain
I don't mind them playing in London one bit, actually think it will be pretty cool to watch the fans there go crazy. I can understand losing the revenue by not having that game in Minnesota, but I don't live in Minnesota, and therefore don't really care about that.
Look, I'm not really a fan of shipping the Vikes - or any NFL franchise - overseas for a REAL game, ever. There's no point in doing so. NFL Europe failed. There will never be a viable NFL franchise that is European based, at least not until faster modes of travel are invented.
But one game is all it is.
It's a STUPID move, but not the end of the world.
I DO think it's shitty if they don't prorate the Season tix and credit each holder for the missed game.
Wow looks like someone pissed in Powers wheaties before he wrote this article. I assume he's been told that he's going to London but that has to pay for the fare himself. Not only that but he has to drag his arse outside of the TC to cover the game as well instead of sitting at home and writing his usual drivel.
One point to bear in mind regarding the 'greedy' owner mentality that Powers wants to promote. If it was Zygi's idea to milk the magical cow that many consider London to be then he would have beaten the Jags to the punch and signed up for the four years that they did. However he didn't and just went for the one year and still he gets grief from some quarters. I keep hearing about what a dump the Metrodome is ( look at some of the stadia here and I'll show you dumps ) and how bad the game experience is etc etc... yet the minute a game is taken away I hear more whining than at a Puker sports bar.
Yes its a top team that is now not coming to Minnesota but you really think that the NFL would be able to promote the Vikes/Browns game instead? Course not.
At present the IS series is doing well for the league and they will eventually put the pressure on all franchises to play a home game overseas, so maybe best that the Vikes get their 'contractual' obligation out of the way and play a game now rather than within the first couple of seasons in the new stadium.
Come September Powers will be in London taking it all in and forgetting what a whiny princess he was when he wrote this.