NFL expands London push to four games in 2017

The NFL will play four games in London in 2017 given the fixtures' success in the recent pass as they continue to expand outside of the US

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NFL to play four games in London next season
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The National Football League (NFL) will stage four games in London next season as part of is growing commitment to what it calls an increasing fan base in the British capital.

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NFL in London

Teams and venues for the games, which is up from the three games played in London each season since 2014, will be announced on Tuesday.

Excited by growing UK fanbase

"We continue to be incredibly excited by the passion and love for the NFL shown by our millions of UK fans," NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement.

"London is an amazing city. We have had tremendous support from our fans, from Mayor (Sadiq) Khan and other government leaders and business partners, and we are looking forward to taking the next step in the UK by playing four games in London next season."

The NFL has played three games in London to sellout crowds in each season since 2014 and the popularity of the sport there has even prompted Goodell to say that a London-based team was a genuine prospect.

With the increase to four games in 2017 - which represents half of a home schedule of regular-season games - the NFL will have held 21 games in Britain since the first regular season game in London in 2007.