Report: NFL teams raising ‘concerns’ over games in London
Several executives from NFL teams are raising concerns over the upcoming slate of regular-season games in London next season after the terrorist attack in Manchester, amid other recent attacks in Europe, reports CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora.
NFL owners and team executives gathering in Chicago this week for the Spring League Meeting heard from the league about Monday’s terrorist bombing, sources say. They were “advised that the NFL and NFL Security are closely monitoring the situation in England,” La Canfora reports.
The United Kingdom this week raised the terrorism threat level to “critical” in the wake of Monday’s attack. The prevailing presumption is it’s an indication the country anticipates confronting additional plots in the near future.
“[S]ources with teams who have played in London expressed natural concern about the current situation there and how it could potentially impact NFL games to be played there,” the report reads.
The NFL currently has four games scheduled in London next season, with all of them occurring during Weeks 3-8. Beyond the logistics and issues already presented to NFL teams absent a heightened fear of terrorist attacks makes the notion of traveling to London in the present climate even more complex.
“It’s not like you can just jump in a bus or a train or find an easy way out of there in a crisis situation,” one team executive said. “And you are talking about a lot of people who would need additional hotel rooms and accommodations if you couldn’t get out.”
At least 22 people, including an eight-year-old girl, were killed in the attack Monday that occurred at Manchester Arena during an Ariana Grande concert. An estimated 59 people have also been reported as injured.
La Canfora’s report notes no discussions occurred during the meetings this week of altering the schedule of London games through changes or postponements.