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Robert Kraft would like to see an NFL franchise in London

Posted by Zuri Berry, Boston.com Staff  June 28, 2012 01:27 PM

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Patriots owner Robert Kraft told reporters in London today that he would like to see an NFL franchise in the city in the next 10 years.

Kraft, appearing in London to promote the overseas NFL games which the Patriots will take part in again this season, told Sky Sports a franchise in the United Kingdom was something he was going to push for.

"I personally think we should have a franchise in London and that is something I am going to push for," Kraft said. "I think I said that the last time we were over here in 2009 and before this next decade is out, I hope we have a team here. I think that would be right for the NFL and this fan base has proven they deserve it.

"I think we're starting to tap out in the United States. If you look at the last Super Bowl we were in this past season, we had over 180 million people watching - that's almost two thirds of America. So for us to grow the game, we have to expand globally. Having seen the kind of support we have received here in London, it is the intention of the NFL owners to get two games here, starting next year.

"The only bad part of putting a franchise in London is that I can assure you it won't be the Patriots who are moving here."

The Patriots will play the St. Louis Rams at Wembley Stadium, outside of London, Oct. 28.

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