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Kraft: London ready for NFL franchise

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New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft said Saturday that London is ready to have its own NFL team, ESPN Boston reported.

Kraft made the comment at the NFL FanFest rally in London where the Patriots will take on the St. Louis Rams on Sunday.

"You're already hosting the premier league, and we believe we're the premier sport in the world," he said. "I think London has shown, with the way they've handled the Olympics and every other major sporting event, that it's time for you to have your own NFL franchise, based in London."

The game at Wembley Stadium is at 1 p.m. ET. It marks the sixth regular-season NFL game played in London.

The Jacksonville Jaguars will play a "home" game in London in each of the next four seasons. The Jaguars will "host" the San Francisco 49ers next year. Also, the Minnesota Vikings will be the home team against the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2013.

"As these things develop and there's a permanent home team now, I'm sure they'll develop a great following," Kraft said.
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