While some assert the plan may lend to a UK market saturation, officials say the schedule fits with a fast-growing overseas fan base that dates back to the 1980s. It also moves the league toward its promise to secure a stronger presence in London.
In recent years, selling out one NFL game per year hasn't been a problem at Wembley, which draws the majority of its revenue as the home of the England national football (soccer) team. Whether the NFL can sell out three games is yet to be seen.
According to stats, the Raiders are among NFL teams with the most fans in the UK. The Raiders have been a favorite since beating the Washington Redskins 38-9 in Super Bowl XVIII when the team was based in Los Angeles.
Raiders from the '84 Super Bowl team included MVP Marcus Allen and quarterback Jim Plunkett. Matt Millen, Lyle Alzado and Hall of Famers Howie Long and Ted Hendricks were part of a defensive unit that prevented the Redskins from repeating as Super Bowl champions.
The 2014 games are also expected to renew talks of an NFL expansion franchise in London.
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