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Goodell: Ravens Have Interest In Overseas Game

The NFL Commissioner said Baltimore has been in the talks for an international game before.

Posted by Mike Duffy on Wednesday, August 4th, 2010 at 3:08 pm | Categories: 2010 Training Camp, Mike Duffy

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The Ravens have been in the conversation to play a regular-season game overseas, according to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

In an exclusive interview with BaltimoreRavens.com , Goodell said teams are warming up to the idea of playing in the league’s International Series, which has slotted one game a year in London since 2007 and put another contest in Mexico City in 2005.

“They have,” Goodell said when asked if the Ravens have expressed interest.  ”In the initial steps, you had to try and convince teams to do it, because there is a fear of the unknown.  ‘Am I going to continue to have a competitive team?  Is it going to have a negative effect on winning?’ I think we’ve overcome that.  Teams are able to go and play in an international regular-season series and continue to have success.”

The best case for international play would be the New York Giants.

In the inaugural London game, held at Wembley Stadium in front of 81,000 fans, the Giants defeated the Miami Dolphins 13-10. The G-men then went on to win the Super Bowl.

Other teams to play in the International Series include the New Orleans and San Diego Chargers (2008), and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New England Patriots (2009).
The Denver Broncos and San Francisco 49ers are going to meet in London this season.

Could the Ravens be in line for a European vacation? Goodell thinks all teams should have the chance.

“I think it’s a good thing for our game,” he said.  ”We have to do it with a balanced approach.  But, more and more teams want to play [internationally] and it’s a great way to represent the NFL on a global basis – and represent your communities, by the way.”

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