“Well, why don’t you go where there’s more people? Let’s go to China. Let’s go to Tokyo. Let’s go someplace else, man. Let’s go to Australia. … If we’re going to promote it worldwide, we need to get as many folks as we can. China’s got billions of people.”
– Terry Bradshaw, TV commentator and former NFL quarterback
When the Pittsburgh Steelers square off against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, not everyone will be happy about the game’s location. This matchup will take place outside the U.S., in London, England as part of the league’s ‘international outreach.’ Some online sportsbook bettors joke that this is all part of an American plot for world domination, in sports. YouWager’s NFL football wagering fans may soon see an NFL team permanently based in the U.K. A major British newspaper claims there will likely be an NFL team in London within the next ten years.
Sportscaster and NFL veteran Terry Bradshaw doesn’t like the idea, and he isn’t shy about expressing his opinion. Bradshaw says he hates seeing U.S. teams play in England, and he doesn’t believe it will really happen. Bradshaw told a YouWager news source, “I think it’s the most disrespectful thing you can do to these teams, to make them travel over to London to promote our NFL product. You’re not ever going to have a team (relocate) over there. If you’re going to do anything, go to Canada every year — could be somebody (moves) up there eventually. But I don’t get it.”
For Bradshaw, this may be a personal issue. This Sunday, when the Steelers take on the Vikings, they will only be a slight favorite at YouWager, with 1.5 points. Bradshaw, as older Internet wagering enthusiasts will remember, had quite a career with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He played 14 seasons with Pittsburgh, winning 4 Super Bowl titles in 1975, 1976, 1979, and 1980. Bradshaw was the first quarterback in the National Football League to win 4 Super Bowls as he lead the Steelers to 8 AFC Central championships, and he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1989.
Bradshaw doesn’t think Steeler fans, or fans of any other teams will support the expansion. Bradshaw told YouWager’s source, “Nobody cares anything about that game. The players don’t want to go. You can’t enjoy it. Now preseason, OK, have some fun. It’s regular season, so yeah, I don’t get it — never will.”
Other issues may be a factor in Bradshaw’s comments. He may simply be afraid of going there. When he retired from the NFL, Bradshaw admitted publicly that he suffered from severe anxiety attacks that prevented him from appearing in front of large crowds. Bradshaw could not bring himself to attend the funeral for Art Rooney, the founder and owner of the Steelers even though he said at the time, “Art Rooney … boy, I tell you, I loved that man.” For years, Bradshaw avoided returning to Pittsburgh as a TV commentator, even when his network broadcast games from that city, saying he could not face the crowds.
Bradshaw maintains that all of the reasons for staging NFL games outside the U.S. are wrong. He told YouWager’s source, “It’s all about money, buddy. It’s all about money.”
Bradshaw may regret his statements. Fortunately, he may also forget about them, at some point in the near future. Bradshaw admits he is currently suffering from short-term memory loss. He attributes this to injuries he sustained as an NFL quarterback.
When the Pittsburgh Steelers face the Minnesota Vikings in London, they will be a 1.5 point favorite at YouWager. The total is 42. Game time on Sunday is 1PM Eastern.