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article imageLondon Mayor Boris Johnson in talks with NFL

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By Layne Weiss     Nov 2, 2012 in Sports
London - When the NFL plays games in London, teams usually play at Wembley Stadium, but London mayor Boris Johnson has a different idea in mind. Johnson has been in touch with NFL officials about hosting games at Olympic Stadium, which is set to open 2014.
"Sunday's game at Wembley, in front of over 80,000 fans, further cements London's home as the natural home of American football outside of the United States," the mayor's office said according to The Associated Press.
Mayor Johnson is chairman of the London Legacy Development Corporation, which oversees the arena and makes decisions as to how it should be used, the NFL's official website reports.
A spokesman for the mayor said that talks were just "exploratory," but seemed encouraging.
Should the NFL reach a deal to play at Olympic Stadium, games could not be played there until 2017 as that is when the exclusive five-year deal the league signed with Wembley stadium expires.
Four bids other than the NFL have also been submitted for the use of Olympic Stadium, BBC News reports.The other bids come from football clubs West Ham and Leyton Orient, Intelligent Transport Services, which is associated with Formula One auto racing, and UCFB College of Football Business.
There have been talks of the NFL having a full time franchise in London, but this seems very unlikely at the time, The AP reports.
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