Over the weekend, the NFL finalized a deal with the city of London to officially create the first NFL team in Europe since the close of NFL Europa in 2007. Commissioner Roger Goodell made a joint statement with London Mayor Boris Johnson announcing that the New England Patriots would relocate to London and become the England Patriots. The team's stadium will be the Olympic Stadium in the Borough of Newham. It was initially built for the London 2012 Olympic Games.
"We find it to be a fitting second-life for the stadium," said Johnson. "The stadium was built as a testament to international excellence in sport, so it seems only right that it be the first European home to a North American sport."
The England Patriots will begin spring training in London on Thursday, July 4th, 2013. However, some excited members of the team have already relocated to the United Kingdom. Quarterback Tom Brady has acquired a flat on Boston Road in the Borough of Ealing. He has begun driving lessons in the UK as well. "I'm a little worried about driving on the other side of the road," said Brady. "I think I'll get the hang of it, though."
Coach Bill Belichick also expressed enthusiasm about his team's move to London. "Don't get me wrong, New England has been a great home to the Patriots," said Belichick. "But the weather in New England can be so dreary. It's always snowing or raining. I'm really looking forward to a change of pace with the weather in London."
The NFL is still exploring opportunities for other European expansion teams. The New Orleans Saints have expressed interest in relocating two hours south of Paris to Orleans, France. When asked if he supported the move, Orleans Mayor Serge Grouard said that such a move would be "tres bien" for the city.