Ravens may get date in Lon­don

Team be­ing con­sid­ered to play away game with Jaguars at Wem­b­ley in 2017

Baltimore Sun - - SPORTS - By Jeff Zre­biec jeff.zre­biec@balt­sun.com twit­ter.com/jef­fzre­biec­sun

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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