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                 === NFL to hold second London game in 2013 ===
 
 Chicago,  IL (Sports  Network) -  The NFL  will double  its exposure  into the
 United  Kingdom market  during the 2013 campaign, with the league announcing a
 regular-season contest between the Minnesota Vikings and Pittsburgh which will
 be held at London's Wembley Stadium.
 
 The Vikings will be the host team for the Sept. 29, 2013 encounter between the
 clubs,  which precedes  an Oct. 27 matchup between the San Francisco 49ers and
 Jacksonville Jaguars that will also take place at Wembley.
 
 As  part  of its International  Series, the NFL  has been playing one regular-
 season  contest a year  in London since the 2007 season, with an Oct. 28 clash
 between  the  New England Patriots  and St. Louis  Rams to extend that streak.
 Next year will mark the first time the league will play twice a year overseas,
 however.
 
 "Since  we  started playing regular-season games  in London five years ago, we
 have heard very clearly from our UK fans -- they want more football," said NFL
 Commissioner  Roger  Goodell at the league's  Fall Meeting in Chicago. "We are
 excited  to play two  games in London and take this next step in the growth of
 our game. We believe that more football will lead to more fans."
 
 The  five previous  games held in London have drawn crowds from between 76,000
 to over 84,000.
 
 "This  is  a unique opportunity for  the Vikings organization to highlight our
 brand on an international level," said Minnesota president Mark Wilf. "Playing
 in  London  provides exceptional exposure to  the team, as well as Minnesota's
 impressive  business  community  and  tourism  industry.  We  are  honored  to
 represent  the NFL on  a global level, and we look forward to playing in front
 of our international fan base."
 
 The  NFL has committed to playing at least once a year in London through 2016,
 with the Jaguars serving as the host team for each of the next four seasons.
 
 
 
 
 
 10/16 19:01:25 ET