Steve Bisciotti Wants To Play In London, Not China


As the NFL continues to try to build its brand globally, reports surfaced this week that the league is looking into playing a game in China during the 2018 season.

The Los Angeles Rams are reportedly in discussions with the NFL to play host to that game on the Asian continent. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said at the owners meetings Wednesday that no decision on participants has been finalized, but there's no shortage of willing teams.

"We actually have multiple teams that are interested in playing [in China]," Goodell said. "We have more than we can handle at this point in time, which is a good issue."

Turns out, the Ravens are not one of those teams.

Owner Steve Bisciotti would like to play abroad, but he isn't ready to play in China.

"I'm personally partial to London," Bisciotti said in an interview Tuesday. "But no, I don't want to pack up and move to China for a week. I think we should take baby steps after London."

Bisciotti has been on record for several years saying he would like to play across the pond, but the Ravens would have to be considered the visitor. The lease agreement with the Maryland Stadium Authority prohibits playing home games away from M&T Bank Stadium.

The Ravens have sold out every home game in franchise history, and it is a priority to continue to play in Baltimore as much as possible.

"If they come calling, [it has to be] an away game, we're not going to give up a home game," Bisciotti said.

The slate for the London 2016 games has already been determined:

Week 4: Jacksonville Jaguars host Indianapolis Colts (Wembley Stadium)
Week 7:  St. Louis Rams host New York Giants (Twickenham Stadium)
Week 8: Cincinnati Bengals host the Washington Redskins (Wembley)

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