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NFL to play three games in London next season


Vikings fans in London were pleased to see Minnesota beat the Steelers at Wembley Stadium on Sept. 29. A second game in London this season is scheduled between the 49ers and Jaguars on Oct. 27. (Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

The NFL, continuing its attempt to bolster its international appeal, will play three games in London next season.

The league made the announcement Tuesday during a one-day owners’ meeting at a downtown Washington hotel. The Jacksonville Jaguars, Atlanta Falcons and Oakland Raiders will play one home game apiece at Wembley Stadium, according to the league’s announcement. Their opponents and the dates of the games were not announced.

“Our fans in the U.K. have continued to demonstrate that they love football and want more,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a written statement. “Both of this year’s games in London sold out quickly. The fan enthusiasm for our sport continues to grow. By playing two games in the U.K. this year, we are creating more fans. We hope that with three games in London next year we will attract even more people to our game.”

The Minnesota Vikings played the Pittsburgh Steelers in London last month and the Jaguars are scheduled to face the San Francisco 49ers there Oct. 27. The NFL played one game in London in each of the previous six seasons.

Have a Redskins question? E-mail Mike Jones at mike.jones@washpost.com with the subject line “Mailbag question” for him to answer it in The Mailbag on Tuesday.

What’s ahead:

● More from Mark Maske at the NFL owners’ meetings.

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Mark Maske covers the NFL for The Washington Post.
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