Would You Watch American Football if it Was an Olympic Sport?

I’m not really sure about this one.

Watching NFL in season and out can become a full-time job, and it has for those that cover it on a daily basis, as well as the millions of fans around the world that love it.

There’s the NFL Network, NFL Radio, and ESPN covers hours after hours of the NFL for fans that crave it.

Now there’s word that the sport otherwise known as “American Football” may make it’s way into the Olympics. That’s according to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, who stated as such on the Dan Patrick Show.

“We’re already taking steps to gain that IOC recognition,” Goodell told Mike Florio on the Dan Patrick Show via ProFootballTalk. “We have, I think, 64 countries that are playing American football now, and that’s one of the requirements. That’s been growing dramatically – I think it was 40 just five years ago.”

Personally I am not sure how well this would go over, considering I can’t see a rival country having any chance against the United States. I can only imagine the beating other countries would take at the hands of guys like Ray Lewis, Clay Matthews Jr., James Harrison and others that take NFL fields every Sunday.

“Our point is just to keep growing the game,” Goodell said. “We’re having a tremendous reaction in London and the UK for the game of football, our regular season game over there is sold out again this year, we are seriously contemplating as early as 2013 playing two NFL games next season and I think we’ll do that. “It’s a response to the tremendous fan reaction and the growth of the game. If we can continue to grow the game there and have the fan reaction that we have, there very well may be a franchise in London.”

Ugh. Can’t we just keep the game as it is? In America and for American fans? I guess not.


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