What does London know about NFL rules 10 years after the very first American football game on the British soil? Since 2007, London sports arenas are filled to the top with fans dressed in various NFL jerseys every autumn. We cheer clashes between athletes from across the pond following the Star Spangled Banner played out loud. It’s fair to say London has embraced the discipline, but have we actually learnt the game’s basics? Do we know what kneeling is as much as the offside rule in soccer? Can we explain the role of a tight end as succinctly as where a centre forward operates on the pitch? As gridiron came back to its roots last Sunday and at Twickenham, England's home of rugby, the Arizona Cardinals were defeated by the LA Rams 33-0; the Voice of London joined the crowd and asked
The Memphis Grizzlies fired coach David Fizdale on Monday, 24 hours after benching centre Marc Gasol for the fourth quarter of an eighth straight loss. "After a thorough evaluation, I decided a change in course was necessary to move forward", General Manager Chris Wallace said in a statement. Despite the team's record of 7-12 for this season, the move was a stunner for many. Lebron James and Dwayne Wade expressed their outcry on Twitter. I need some answers. Feels like my man was a fall guy — LeBron James (@KingJames) 27 november 2017 https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js I need answers!!! WTF https://t.co/z39oNRQok0 — DWade (@DwyaneWade) 27 november 2017 https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js Gasol did not appreciate being sat for one whole quarter on Sunday:
In January, London will welcome the Boston Celtics and the Philadelphia 76ers in a basketball show the capital has probably never seen before. It's just 310 miles that distance Boston from Philadelphia. A 5-hour journey which could be as paltry as $15 by coach. Yet in January, NBA sends those almost neighbouring franchises, the Celtics and the 76ers, in the middle of the season across the pond to London. And, from our perspective, it’s really extraordinary. It’s not just the proximity that stands out on this occasion. London has not yet been bestowed on a match-up of this scale by the NBA. A genuine title contender versus an extremely talented bunch of potential future MVPs that rocks the league under a catchy phrase – Trust the Process. The British capital hasn't seen it before. It
The NFL has been attracting British fans for over 10 years. When the league brings teams over here, stadiums sell out every year well in advance. What you don’t know is that thousands every week gather in one place: Hippodrome casino in Leicester Square. Known for large gaming spaces, an underground casino with caged dancers and a steak restaurant, it’s the only place that shows every single NFL game on Sunday afternoons. "It's almost like a family", said hardcore fan Nick Marcenaro. Find out why he loves going regularly. https://soundcloud.com/omar-salvi/watching-nfl-in-londons-most-famous-casino Former players often show up: this week we saw ex-New York Giants’ defensive end Osi Umenyiora and ex-Houston Texans cornerback Jason Bell, who both work for the BBC as analysts.