🏈 Do the British actually like the NFL? πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ American Football in London Vlog


Ninh explains: Do the British actually like
the NFL? Now, if you’ve been tuning into my channel,
you’ll quickly realise that I’ve covered the NFL in the UK, like a lot. And a lot of haters and naysayers all seem
to have misguided notion that this is just a fad. A novelty. The British public don’t actually care about
American Football and that the NFL wouldn’t work in England because of various reasons. But are they actually true, or do people just
not want to open their eyes to the possibility that not only does the NFL survive in England,
but thrives in a market that’s across an entire ocean. Let’s recap, the NFL has been hosting games
in London every year since 2007. They keep coming back to London, not Berlin,
not Paris, not Munich. And there’s a reason for that. Because a) the NFL is awesome b) the NFL has
no problem selling tickets over here and c) contrary to popular belief: the British actually
like American Football Whilst admittedly American Football doesn’t
get the same coverage as say other sports, over the years it has gotten significantly
more. Can you find the NBA in the newspapers, or
the NHL on terrestrial TV? How about a talk show about the MLB? Nope, none of those. But the NFL has all three in the UK. Why do you think that the MLB, the NHL and
the NBA are all trying to copy the NFL in London format? Because it’s a massive market and the British
audience is huge. But I know some of you are going to be throwing
out some objections. British fans don’t actually care about the
NFL. They only like soccer and getting drunk. Oh really? How about this? Or this? Or this? Like it or not, the demand for the NFL in
London and in Britain is sky high. Pubs stream games on their big screens, people
have Superbowl parties and watch the draft, fans pay massive subscription fees to watch
regular season games on Sky. The Jaguars have a UK based fan club with
UK fan events. This is more than most of our traditional
sports! Look around and you’ll see coverage of the
NFL in one form or another. Sometimes more than Cricket, Rugby, Netball,
Tennis, Badminton and all the other sports that you associate with England except football. Because nothing beats that over here. And as for the getting drunk thing … that’s
probably true. But here’s the thing – there are people
who are quickly becoming disillusioned with football. When only a handful of the richest teams can
win every season, and the sheer amount of hatred that fans display against fans of other
teams, it’s a refreshing change to mingle with fans of other teams without animosity
and without people beating each other up in the street. Or suffering verbal abuse for wanting to like
a specific team. American sports has superior fan interaction
and it’s better – you could like different teams and hate the team of someone else, but
you’re all fans of the game and treat each other like friends. That’s how it should be. But it’s in London, people aren’t going
to travel that far. Well I’m here, watching two teams I generally
don’t like and I’m a Cowboys fan that lives 206 miles away. I’m here again, and I’m here again … literally
yesterday. A 420 mile round trip in a day just to watch
the NFL and I’m not the only one. There’s a trainload of people making the
same journey. These guys are here, they flew in from Philadelphia
and these guys are from Carolina. This is the National Football League – this
is big time. People will come to watch it, and people will
travel long distances to do so. Unlike America, where public transport generally
sucks, the transport system in England is actually pretty good, albeit expensive … and
somewhat unreliable. This is a prestigious league, and it doesn’t
matter which teams are playing – fans will always come and watch. By the way, I just watched Jameis Winston
throw 5 interceptions when I put money down for the Bucs to win. Thanks Jameis. Most of those ‘fans’ aren’t from London
or England. They’re from mainland Europe. Where on earth did you get that notion from? There’s been absolutely no reports suggesting
this and pretty much all the people I spoke to during the fan events … .all British. And this one German guy. But mainly if they’re not travelling in
from the US, they’re mostly all British. By the way, this German guy was actually quite
funny and surprsingly a Green Bay Packers fan. And here’s the thing about London and about
American Football in general – fans of opposing teams can happily sit together and watch a
game regardless of who’s playing. Something that generally doesn’t happen
with regular football. There’s not enough people in London to support
an NFL franchise. Are you serious?! One of the biggest cities in all of the free
world couldn’t support an NFL team? An NFL team may serve an average population
of 1.2 million London has 8 million residents. And it’s the only place that has the NFL
in a country of 62 million. 62 million fans, and you don’t think we’d
sell out a stadium of just 80,000 people? Those London games are actually losing money. If the NFL was really losing money, would
they really keep coming back here every year? You wouldn’t think they’d pull the plug
like some OTHER failed European experiment. Or some other failed experiment in a certain
Canadian city. Regardless of some articles that suggests
that the NFL is actually losing money over these games, you have to put common sense
hat on. The NFL is the biggest profit making machine
in all of sports – the moment where London doesn’t make money is when the NFL says
goodbye. But trust me, at the prices they’re charging
for everything – these guys are seriously rolling in cash. It’s a license to print money over here. What about Canada? What about Mexico? No to Canada thanks to the Bills in Toronto
disaster, although they are hosting games in Mexico now. But they don’t have anywhere near the same
amount of impact on a population like London does. Why don’t you come up with a pro league
just for the UK? We have one. It’s called the BAFL – but it’s not
exactly pro. So you think that London is getting an NFL
franchise soon then, do you? Well, I’m still on the fence. The Jags were the favourite to move to England’s
capital, but owner Shahid Khan has backed out of buying Wembley. It’s a tremendous blow to his chances of
moving a team there, but I strongly suspect that this story doesn’t end here. I’m pretty sure he has some other plan up
his sleeve. And the New White Hart Lane Stadium has a
permanent retractable NFL field built in so there’s already a ready place to play. And the stadium was awesome by the way, but
such a pain in the ass to get to. I wouldn’t put it past Dean Spanos to pull
a stunt like moving the Chargers to London. As unlikely as this sounds, this is Dean Spanos. Him and Stan Kronke are possibly the worst
owners in the NFL … and Dan Snyder, him too. … Fuck you Spanos. Why don’t you expand by four teams and have
a whole division in Europe? Having one team in Europe is hard enough. Having 4 teams is logistically more difficult. London has proven to work for the last 100
years there’s no denying that. But the same can’t be said for Berlin, Paris,
Madrid or any other major European city. Whilst some of these cities have had teams
and played games in the past – I don’t think any of them would have the same impact
as London. As for expansion, I don’t think that’s
on the cards for the NFL or their owners right now. Let’s say you’re right and London does
get a team. They won’t have any fans because everyone
else already supports a team. Here’s the dirty little secret – allegiances
can be changed … and allegiances can be bought! People can change the teams that they like. Is it any co-incidence that the Jaguars had
almost no British fans before they came here? But once they started playing regularly, and
marketed heavily to the public, they’re now the best supported NFL franchise in the
country? If London has its own team with its own identity
– people will make the switch. If there’s one thing you can say about being
British, is that we like our British sporting heroes. Keep that American shite outta my city. Millwall, Millwall! Sorry football fans, but the NFL is here to
stay. Maybe not a permanent team, but the NFL is
making too much money to ever stop playing in London any time soon. In short: I believe that the NFL have got
a pretty sweet deal. They’re making money playing games in an
English speaking market to an untapped audience that’s highly receptive of them. In theory, they don’t actually need to move
a team over here to benefit from British fan dollars. They could just keep doing this every year
with different teams and the demand would be exactly the same. And the proof is in the pudding. This year’s four games were sold out in
just 40 minutes and there’s no signs of it slowing down. Although there have been various suggestions
that the Jaguars may or may not move – one things for certain, the British like the NFL,
and the NFL isn’t showing any signs of not playing there anytime soon. So if you like this sort of thing, be sure
to like, share and subscribe. Check out my other channel to see what it’s
actually like seeing an NFL game in London and subscribe to that channel too. Comment on the comments section below and
let me know what you think … oh, and we do stand for the national anthems. Just saying.

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