NFL in Talks With London Mayor Boris Johnson About Moving Team Overseas, Playing at Olympic Stadium

NFL in Talks With London Mayor Boris Johnson About Moving Team Overseas, Playing at Olympic StadiumThe National Football League might be moving one step closer to becoming international.

London mayor Boris Johnson met with NFL officials several times in the last few days, according to the Telegraph, in order to explore further possibilities for the NFL in London. Those possibilities included the chance of playing future games at the Olympic Stadium or even a team moving overseas full-time to play all of its home games.

"The talks were exploratory and we are at an early stage," a spokesman for the mayor said, "but the signs
are encouraging."

The discussions come as stadium officials and local parties argue over how to pay for the installation of more seats, with soccer club West Ham arguing the stadium should be responsible. In order to generate more funds to pay for the renovations, it appears that Johnson could consider turning to American football teams.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft has been a proponent of London having its own NFL franchise, going so far as to call last week's game in England a "home game" for the Pats. If talks progress between Johnson and the league, New England could soon be losing that so-called home field advantage.

Thumbnail photo via Facebook/Boris Johnson