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Raiders to have ‘home game' in London in 2014

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The NFL has announced the Raiders will play in London in 2014.


Tuesday the NFL announced that one of the Raiders' home games next season will be played in London. Which seems fitting considering no one quite knows where the rest of the Raiders home games will be. May as well get one of those games nailed down, right?

The Raiders are known for having a great deal of fans across the country and around the world. This will be a test of that theory.

"We are excited and embrace this great opportunity to assist in building NFL popularity worldwide," said Mark Davis in a statement. "The Raiders are truly a global brand and we are looking forward to our home-field advantage at the new Wembley Stadium."

The Raiders last played in London back in 1990 when they played in a preseason game at the old Wembley Stadium against the New Orleans Saints.

This will be the first season in which there are three games held in London. The Raiders along with the Jaguars and Falcons will all have home games played across the pond - which for the Raiders is actually across the planet.

"Our fans in the UK have continued to demonstrate that they love football and want more," Goodell said in a statement. "Both of this year's games in London sold out quickly. The fan enthusiasm for our sport continues to grow. By playing two games in the UK this year, we are creating more fans. We hope that with three games in London next year we will attract even more people to our game."

The International Series of regular-season games has increased NFL fan interest in the UK, with a current fan base of more than 12 million, including 2.5 million avid fans, a 30 percent increase in avid fans in the past two years.