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NFL may expand to four London games in 2015

Discussions at the owners meetings will include an expansion to more games over seas in 2015.

According to Albert Breer on Twitter, the NFL owners will entertain the discussion of expanding the amount of games played in London in 2015 to 4.

The plan is to have 3 games in London in 2014. Obviously the approach is to grow the fan base overseas and expand the business. This could allow the NFL to create teams overseas to expand the league. This could allow for games to be played at different times than the 1:00 and 4:00 bases (EST) they are played now. Not only will having teams and games in London increase the fan base it also increases the revenue. Which, in some opinions, may not be such a good thing.

Outspoken Dallas Mavericks owner, Mark Cuban had some strong words for the NFL about their expanding television packages:

"I'm just telling you, pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered. And they're getting hoggy. Just watch. Pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered. When you try to take it too far, people turn the other way. I'm just telling you, when you've got a good thing and you get greedy, it always, always, always, always, always turns on you. That's rule number one of business."

The NFL currently has the Thursday and Monday night games on top of the Sunday games. In week 16 the NFL plans a Saturday double header. There are many problems with the league offering more games on different days, but the most important is player safety. Football is not a game that should be played on short rest and for a league that puts the front of "protecting players", this seems to reek of contradiction.

However, in the NFL's defense. Cuban could be interested in creating a stir to protect his brand, the NBA. I am not a follower of the sport but it does seem there are Basketball games televised most nights of the week. In the past when things get televised opposite the NFL, they lose. Cuban may not want to see his leagues TV packages shrink due to the NFL's popularity.