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NFL eyes London Olympic Stadium

AFP-JIJI

NFL chiefs have held talks with London Mayor Boris Johnson over the possibility of staging games at the Olympic Stadium.

Last weekend Wembley hosted the NFL’s International Series game for the sixth consecutive year as the New England Patriots thrashed the St Louis Rams, but the league has already agreed to double the number of matches held in England from next year.

Wembley has an exclusive deal to host the International Series games until 2016 and Johnson, who is chairman of the London Legacy Development Corporation responsible for deciding how the Olympic Stadium will be used in the future, wants to see if there is a role for the East London venue in the NFL’s plans.

A spokesman for the Mayor said in a statement: “Sunday’s game at Wembley, in front of over 80,000 fans, further cements London’s reputation as the natural home of American football outside of the United States.”