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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2007 3:02 pm    Post subject: NFL Europa shuts down Reply with quote

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2007/writers/dr_z/07/13/mailbag/index.html

This is surprising to me. It was good for developing players, etc. I guess the market in Europe was just too bad.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2007 3:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't have the link, but there is a thread about NFL Europa shutting down I believe. Check the NFL General forum, this place is kind of confusing with the recent changes.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2007 3:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

but this is for news, so it should be here. and now it is.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2007 3:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Didnt they have one of the best seasons in it's exhistance this year?
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2007 3:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

jib wrote:
Didnt they have one of the best seasons in it's exhistance this year?
The NFL itself lost a lot of money on NFL Europe

http://www.nfl.com/news/story/10240829

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The league reportedly was losing about $30 million a season. Five of the league's six teams were in Germany, with the other in Amsterdam, Netherlands
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2007 4:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Time for the practice squad to expand.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2007 5:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is why they should have a D-League/minor league system. You know if you had minor league games, that kids and locals would go to them.
We have a minor league football team here in Racine (not affiliated with the NFL of course) and every Friday/Saturday night, every teen in the city flocks to Horlick Field to watch them play.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2007 3:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It might sound odd. But this is the perfect time to set up or start a UK NFL Europe side. With the wembley game there is a large amount of hype for the sport.

On another note, if i wernt an nfl fan i would of never known about nfl europe. It kept it self to it self. Didnt stand out in the news or anything.

I can see a minor league happening in the US. I think its needed. Where else are all these players going to go?? Another league like UFL?
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2007 9:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's a nice thought and all trying to set up a UK or European team by the NFL, but it would be a logistical nightmare for teams, just on travel alone. Team's would have to travel to games at least 3 or 4 days early to adjust to the time switch, and the general fatigue from regular cross-Atlantic travel by any European based team would lead to that team tanking in any away game.

Not to mention other issues, like obtaining work permits in the UK or EU, willingness of a franchise to move abroad, etc.; but NFL owners would vote 32-0 in opposition.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2007 9:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

College football is the best "minor league system", if you want to call CFB a minor league for the NFL, for the NFL and most successful. People just dont want to go see average talent which is what the NFL Europe was. Arena Football does interest me but the game is completely different from the NFL. CFL will have to take over full minor league duties from NFL Europe unless Mark Cubans league starts next season which I doubt.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2007 10:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It looks like the NFL is going to return to its old faithful minor league system: College Football. I was never a big fan of NFL Europe, despite getting a ton of games on the NFL Network. But, lets face it guys this is a business, if something doesn't make you money its gone. If for whatever reason the NFL abruptly lost its wide fan base, it would also be canceled.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2007 1:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

stallyns wrote:
jib wrote:
Didnt they have one of the best seasons in it's exhistance this year?
The NFL itself lost a lot of money on NFL Europe

http://www.nfl.com/news/story/10240829

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The league reportedly was losing about $30 million a season. Five of the league's six teams were in Germany, with the other in Amsterdam, Netherlands
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IK that much but didnt they like sell out evry game or something?
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I'm actually surprised, I wonder what happens now.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2007 6:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

jib wrote:
stallyns wrote:
jib wrote:
Didnt they have one of the best seasons in it's exhistance this year?
The NFL itself lost a lot of money on NFL Europe

http://www.nfl.com/news/story/10240829

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The league reportedly was losing about $30 million a season. Five of the league's six teams were in Germany, with the other in Amsterdam, Netherlands
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IK that much but didnt they like sell out evry game or something?
The return was not matching the investment. Most of the players who were successful in NFL Europe were not successful in the NFL. Sure there were a few players who came to the NFL and became established players but in comparison to what MLB has with their minor leagues, and what the CBA has been for the NBA, NFL Europe was a failure.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2007 7:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The NFL is a business. NFL Europe was losing the company money, so they got rid of it, sad, but its just that simple.
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