National Football League

                 === NFL to hold three games in London in 2014 ===
 Washington, DC ( - In response to growing fan support in the
 United  Kingdom,  the NFL  will play  three regular-season games  in the UK in
 2014, commissioner Roger Goodell announced at the league's fall meeting.
 The  Jacksonville Jaguars, Atlanta Falcons and Oakland Raiders will all host a
 home game in London next season at Wembley Stadium. The opponents and dates of
 the games will be announced later this season.
 "Our  fans in the UK have continued to demonstrate that they love football and
 want  more," said  Goodell. "Both  of  this year's  games in  London sold  out
 quickly. The fan enthusiasm for our sport continues to grow."
 Earlier  this  season, the Minnesota  Vikings clipped the Pittsburgh Steelers,
 34-27,  in front of 83,518 fans at Wembley. The Jaguars, who will play host to
 the  San Francisco  49ers in  London  on Sunday,  Oct. 27,  have committed  to
 playing one home game a year at Wembley through 2016.
 "The experience the Jaguars have had already in London has been every bit what
 we  anticipated and  more," said  Jags  owner Shad  Khan. "We  made the  right
 decision  to commit to playing a home game in London each season through 2016.
 The  Jaguars have  a broader worldwide fan base today and the anticipation for
 our  London game later this month is shared by our loyal fans in Jacksonville,
 so it's a perfect scenario for everyone."
 The  Falcons and Raiders are set to host their first game away from the United
 States. Oakland will return to London for the first time since 1990, when they
 met  the Saints  for a  preseason tilt  at Wembley.  Atlanta has  never played
 beyond the borders of the U.S.
 "Playing  in  London will provide tremendous  exposure to our team, as well as
 provide  the opportunity to showcase the great international city of Atlanta,"
 said Falcons owner Arthur Blank.
 Football  has  grown steadily  in the UK  since 2007, when  the NFL played its
 first  regular  season game at  Wembley between the  New York Giants and Miami
 Dolphins.  Participation in  amateur football  has grown  by approximately  15
 percent every year since 2007.
 10/08 15:55:24 ET