If you’ve listened to today’s podcast, the inexperts speculate that Wembley’s Sixth Annual International Series game has hit a snag regarding St Louis’ contractual obligations back home. It looks like we were right. Tonight, the NFL made the following statement;
The NFL will continue its temporary postponement of general admission ticket sales for the October 28 game between the St. Louis Rams and New England Patriots at Wembley Stadium for a short period.
The reason for the postponement is to allow the Rams and their stadium authority time to finalise the technical amendments to the lease required under the terms of the Rams’ commitment to London.
The Rams have expressed optimism that a resolution is near, and we will provide updates as information becomes available.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the following at his press conference today in Indianapolis: “We’re going to play the London games. We hope it will be with the Rams and the New England Patriots next year. That’s what we planned…but there are issues that obviously are going to have to get resolved. We know there are discussions going on. We hope they will get resolved shortly.”
We regret any inconvenience caused over the past two days and thank you for your continued patience and support of the NFL.
Could this hurt St Louis’ negotiations for upgrading their stadium? Presumably the NFL will throw money at this to make the situation go away. I’m sure they’d hate to look foolish and say that they’ve announced a three year deal for a team to play Wembley that contractually can’t fulfill any of those dates…
We’ll keep you updated on this one.