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Moving franchises is disrespectful and wrong

Imagine if, one day, Tottenham were to leave their home in London and relocate to make themselves Bristol Hotspur. There would be outrage; there would be anarchy; there would be rioting on the streets. This sort of relocation just does not happen in the UK but, to our neighbours across the pond. It is an […]

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Sport stars have a responsibility to act in a just manner

After the German football team beat San Marino 8-0, striker Thomas Muller commented that he “didn’t see the point” of playing San Marino, going on to say that less successful teams (to put it nicely) “can only defend with tough tackling” and that this posed an unnecessary risk for more successful teams. After this drew […]

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International Series success puts UK franchise on the table

There have been 17 games since 2007. Scarcely could it be believed that nine years ago the NFL rocked up on these shores, and it is safe to say they are not going anywhere soon. All signs from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell regarding developments in the UK point to the establishment of a franchise on […]

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Kaepernick anthem row casts new light on racial inequality

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has found himself at the centre of controversy after he opted to kneel during the American national anthem before a week one NFL game coinciding with the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks. In the NFL it is customary for players to stand when the national anthem is […]

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The NFL Draft is crucial to popularity growth in the UK

On April 28, 32 American Football teams will meet in Chicago for the 2016 NFL Draft. This three-day media spectacle will determine the future of a few hundred men who play the sport in university. To some of us, this would seem to be relatively uninteresting, but to millions of NFL fans in Britain it is […]

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Manning’s retirement leaves a sizeable hole in the league he shaped

When the 2016 NFL season gets underway in September it will have a distinctly different feel to it following the retirement of one of the game’s all-time greats. Peyton Manning walks away after 18 seasons (14 with the Indianapolis Colts and 4 with the Denver Broncos) having made an indelible impression on the modern game […]

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Defense dominates as the Broncos edge the Panthers in Super Bowl 50

If this is to be Peyton Manning’s last ride, then it is fitting that he can walk away from the modern game he did so much to help shape as a Super Bowl champion. It was not necessarily the prettiest or the most dramatic of performances, but the Denver Broncos came with a game plan […]

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Carolina Panthers to face Denver Broncos in 50th Super Bowl

  Super Bowl 50 on Sunday 7 February will pit the Carolina Panthers against the Denver Broncos at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. It promises to be an interesting tussle between the old and new breeds of quarterback: Peyton Manning epitomising the traditional pocket-passer, against the athletic Panthers signal-caller Cam Newton. This has already […]