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Arthur Blank: London could have at least one NFL team

Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank gave up one of his home games in 2014 to play in London and be a part of the burgeoning international series. Blank believes the NFL's European expansion is only just beginning to escalate.

"The games in London, I think are a tribute to the NFL, a tribute to the fans there, the quality of the game -- and I think that it's proved conclusive that fans will come out when they see the real players playing games that are really meaningful, as opposed to NFL Europe," Blank told The MMQB's Peter King. "So I think -- and all three of the games for 2014 sold out immediately, 240,000 tickets -- the league, as you know, has been in discussion about a fourth game, in discussion about games beyond that. There's been discussion about potentially having a franchise in London. I'm very optimistic."

Blank sees adding games in London as just the start. The owner imagines that, in the future, London could be home to * at least one* NFL team.

"I think it will start with an increased number of games," he said. "That will be translated into a very successful series of games, and eventually, I think a franchise. And maybe more than one. London's a big city."

(The Falcons just broke ground on a new stadium, so it's safe to assume it won't be Atlanta moving to London anytime soon.)

Blank suggested other European cities could also be welcome destinations for NFL games.

Not only was Blank optimistic about expanding overseas, but he also echoed Dolphins owner Stephen Ross' expectant thoughts about a team in Los Angeles.

So many destinations, so few teams.

The latest "Around The League Podcast" breaks down the news and examines developments from the first week of OTAs.

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