Ravens may get date in London
Team being considered to play away game with Jaguars at Wembley in 2017
Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti has said for several years that he’d like his franchise to get an opportunity to play overseas. He’s a little closer to getting his wish.
The Ravens have been informed by the NFLthat they are under consideration to play a 2017 road game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley Stadium in London. The arrangement makes sense, considering that the Ravens are scheduled to play the Jaguars and the rest of the AFC South in 2017, and that they are one of only eight teams that have yet to play outside the United States since the International Series began in 2007.
The Jaguars, meanwhile, are in the middle of a deal with Wembley to play one home game a year there through 2020.
Under the Ravens’ deal with the Maryland Stadium Authority, they are not allowed to play a home game away from M&T Bank Stadium. But team officials have long said that they’d welcome playing a road game in London.
In a conference call with season-ticket holders last year, Bisciotti estimated that there was a 75 percent to 80 percent chance the Ravens would play in London within the next four years.
“I would absolutely love going to London,” Bisciotti said on the call. “I think it would be great.”
TheNFLhasyet to announce which teams will play overseas in 2017. Last year, the league announced the schedule of international games for the following season in November.
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