All-Party Parliamentary Group for American Football on BBC
The Chairman of the UK Parliament’s American Football Group appeared on BBC Radio’s flagship news and current affairs programme Today this morning (22 September).
Peter Bone, Member of Parliament for Wellingborough, took part in the programme ahead of the upcoming series of NFL games taking place at Wembley and Twickenham stadiums. Speaking to Rob Bonnet, Mr Bone discussed the development of the game in the UK.
Asked why American Football needs support from MPs in Britain, Mr Bone explained the popularity of the sport and its growth saying of the NFL, “it’s amazing now we have four regular season games, two at Wembley, two at Twickenham, and in the future at White Hart Lane.
“When you come over here, you’re giving up a home game and its one-eighth of your season…and to give up one of those home games is remarkable.
“It’s great if you can expand what is an excellent sport; I don’t think it’s for financial gain, what [the NFL] are doing is trying to spread their sport and it would be nice if Manchester United or Spurs play some of their home games in New York.”
On the growth of American Football in the UK, Mr Bone said its “growing enormously…people are playing tag football and at universities and clubs; American football is booming.”
The NFL series in London start on Sunday 24th September with Baltimore Ravens v Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley. Subsequent games will be played throughout October:
1 October – New Orleans Saints v Miami Dolphins at Wembley
22 October – Arizona Cardinals v Los Angeles Rams at Twickenham
29 October – Minnesota Vikings v Cleveland Browns at Twickenham