NFL abandons second London game

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The National Football League (NFL) has abandoned plans to hold a second regular–season game in London in 2010.

It had already been confirmed that the Denver Broncos will face the San Francisco 49ers at Wembley on 31 October, and NFL UK officials had remained confident that a second game would be scheduled for later in the season after the plan won the endorsement of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell last year. But the current economic climate and the League's need to prioritise a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with the players' union have seen the plan dropped. "Playing one game in the UK is a significant investment, " an NFL statement said. "Playing a second game is an even bigger investment. As we considered this, the uncertainty related to the ongoing CBA discussions linked to the current global economic climate were critical factors in our decision not to play a second game in the UK. Our ambition to bring a second game to the UK is as strong as ever. Once the current uncertainty is resolved, we will be in a strong position to bring multiple games to our UK fanbase. "About The Sport Briefing This story has been reproduced with the kind permission of The Sport Briefing. The Sport Briefing is published by PA Sport and can be found at: www. thesportbriefing. comThe Sport Briefing is updated as and when news happens, from across the global business of sport. The industry's biggest stories have an accompanying email alert, and The Sport Briefing sends subscribers a daily digest to give them an easy–to–read overview of the day's main events. Contact rory. squires@thesportbriefing. com for more information.

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