London’s Wembley Stadium Ready For Nfl Franchise

Wembley interested in London NFL franchise, Super Bowl

Since the NFL went to a 16-game season in 1978, just five of 161 teams that have started a season 0-3 have gone on to make the playoffs, and none has advanced past the division round. So in probably his swan song, Fletcher has historically a 3.1 percent chance of going back to the postseason. Remember the old Han Solo line from Star Wars? Never tell me the odds, to a young Luke Skywalker. Well, Fletcher isnt so young. Hes 38, his impact finally slowing. Against Green Bay in Week 2, he finished with two tackles. Against Detroit on Sunday, Perry Riley Jr. and Nick Barnett gave him an occasional breather. This is it for him. Thats what upsets me when we lose: the feeling of letting guys like Fletch down, Ryan Kerrigan said, adding he feels the same about all the defensive coaches. Thats what pains me when we lose. Its not just Fletcher, who obviously can do more himself. Its every survivor past 30 years old who has seen the worst of it here. Sometimes, when the same faces pass through the locker room year after year, people are rooted for more than teams. Fletcher, Santana Moss , Reed Doughty and Kedric Golston have 32 NFL seasons in Washington among them. They have played for three head coaches, two general managers and six coordinators.

(AP Photo) MORE: Jaguars getting comfortable overseas? | Week 3 NFL recap | Best images With the league expanding its annual international series from one game to two this year, the usual questions arise whether one day the league will expand to London. And while the league says any such decision is several years away, Wembley officials say they’ll be ready if the day comes. Squeezing in a full slate of home games on Sundays shouldn’t interfere with the stadium’s commitments to host England’s national team soccer fixtures and other events, Wembley’s managing director Roger Maslin said Monday. “Absolutely we can,” Maslin said in an executive box overlooking the Wembley pitch. “I am absolutely confident if (NFL Commissioner) Roger Goodell wanted to have a franchise here we could absolutely deliver on it.” Known for being England’s national football stadiumthe other football, played with a round ballWembley started staging regular-season NFL games in 2007. On Sunday, the Minnesota Vikings play the Pittsburgh Steelers, before the Jacksonville Jaguars face the San Francisco 49ers on Oct. 27. It is the first of four games over four seasons in London for the Jaguars, raising the prospect of the Florida team one day uprooting to London, where owner Shad Khan bought Premier League club Fulham in July. The two 2013 games sold out within hours, which Maslin said is a sign of the rising popularity of the NFL in Britain. Sunday’s game matches a pair of 0-3 clubs. The “core fan base” in the U.K. is now more than 2 million, according to Chris Parsons, the NFL’s senior vice president of international.

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Character: The Ultimate Success Factor is based on Dr. Londons personal, corporate, and military experiences, along with real-life examples. I decided to write about character because of its central role in our personal, professional, and organizational success, Dr. London says. Character is a unique set of moral and ethical qualities that define what we believe in, what we stand for, and what we expect of ourselves and others. While a variety of factors form our abilities and influence the events in our lives, how individuals and organizations act on these qualities determines how far they will go. Dr. London also explains that changing how success is perceived is the first step in achieving it consistently. An evolving process, success is uniquely defined by Dr. London as acting with honesty and integrity, performing to the best of ones abilities, and appreciating the people who helped along the way. According to Dr. London, Genuine success is never gained by unethical or unlawful means, for dubious purposes, or at great moral cost. Norman Augustine, the former Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Lockheed Martin, penned the foreword for Character: The Ultimate Success Factor . The book also features endorsements from Hall of Fame quarterback Roger Staubach, former Vietnam prisoner of war Commander Everett Alvarez, Jr., USN (Ret.), and Colonel Lee Ellis, USAF (Ret.). All royalties will go to organizations supporting veterans with disabilities, for those who have bravely served our nation.

London steps up Islamic finance ambitions

Aiming to build on London’s status as a leading exporter of financial services, Britain hopes to step up the challenge to Islamic finance centres such as Dubai and Kuala Lumpur. “We want to be the leading (Islamic) finance sector outside of the Muslim world,” deputy mayor of London Edward Lister said in a press conference in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday. Islamic finance follows religious principles such as bans on interest and gambling, and is playing an increasingly prominent role internationally as often oil and gas-rich investors from Islamic countries put more of their money to work overseas. Britain’s Islamic finance task force, established in March, is led by several ministers and industry figures as well as top executives from Gatehouse Bank and Oakstone Merchant Bank Ltd. It was launched ahead of London hosting the World Islamic Economic Forum in October and its mandate is to facilitate Islamic financial business, including investment in British infrastructure by Islamic sovereign wealth funds. The forum, which saw 28 billion ringgit ($8.6 billion) worth of deals inked last year, is being held outside an Islamic city for the first time. Islamic finance has already played a role in several major deals in London, with Qatari investors taking part in funding the city’s Shard tower, Harrod’s department store and the athletes’ village used for last year’s summer Olympics. A Malaysian consortium is also spearheading the redevelopment of London’s Battersea power station, after acquiring the site for 400 million pounds last year. Malaysia is the second largest investor in London’s real estate market behind the United States. “The task force has just started and its aim is to make it easier for banks in London to have Islamic products, which is still quite a new concept to any of them,” Lister said. “Only now people are beginning to understand what the products actually mean and how they comply … What you will see is a lot of companies introducing those products.” Maybank Islamic, an arm of Malaysia’s largest bank Malayan Banking Bhd, has launched a sterling-denominated and sharia-compliant mortgage product for high net-worth Malaysians looking to invest in London’s real estate market. Britain currently has 22 financial institutions, including five fully sharia-compliant banks, offering Islamic finance products. They are supported by 30 London law firms offering expertise on the sector.

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“We’ve doubled our fan base in the last 3 1-2 to four years,” Parsons said. “I’d like to see that at least double again in the next three or four years. That would put us among the top five sports in the U.K. in terms of core fan base.” While having a full-time franchise in London is still “clearly an option” for the NFL, Parsons cautioned that there are no immediate plans. “There are several steps we need to continue to take before we get to that deeper conversation,” Parsons said. “We’d like to play more games every year as we move forward. … Once you’ve got a sizeable fan base, the options are then much more available to you to do certain things.” Even if it doesn’t get a full-time franchise, Wembley has its sights set on another major target: hosting a Super Bowl. That is, if the league ever decides to move its showcase game abroad. “They are a very progressive organization so long, long, long term they might consider (a Super Bowl in London), but it’s a hell of a call,” Maslin said of the NFL. “Absolutely … if they bring it anywhere in the world we want it here at Wembley.” Copyright 2013 Associated Press . All rights reserved.

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