Thursday, July 05, 2007

Caio to NFL Europe

The NFL on Friday announced it has decided to bring an end to its developmental league in Europe. The announcement came less than a week after the Hamburg Sea Devils beat the Frankfurt Galaxy in the World Bowl title game in front of a crowd of just under 50,000 in Frankfurt. NFL Europa, which has been in operation since 1991, had five teams based in Germany and one in Amsterdam. The league reportedly was losing about $30 million per season.

The NFL blew half a billion dollars on this experiment and all they got to show for it was Kurt Warner? For that kind of coin the NFL could have bought the CFL 10 times over as the centerpiece of Roger Goodell's antisocial behavior policy. There's no better deterrent for misbehaving players than the threat of playing above the Arctic circle for a couple of seasons.

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