NFL UK’s Alistair Kirkwood – “UK Super Bowl unlikely”
After the superbly executed (and at times overly friendly – we’re looking at you Reinebold) NFL UK Road Show with the Minnesota Vikings Tuesday Morning Football managed to catch up with Managing Director of NFL UK Alistair Kirkwood on behalf of talkSPORT.
Alistair had plenty to say about the development of NFL in the UK as we asked him about the likelihood of more games here, a franchise on UK shores, the possibility of games outside of the capital & how they planned to continue to raise awareness of the game outside of the playing season.
Much of what he had to say was overwhelmingly positive as you’ll hear on the new podcast. However, on the subject of a Super Bowl possibly coming to the UK Alistair said “Personally I don’t think so”
“My personal view is that you wouldn’t put the FA Cup in the States, and you shouldn’t have the Super Bowl anywhere else.
“It’s part of the glamour of the game and, whilst I’m greedy in terms about getting as much from the NFL as possible in terms of games, I think you have to recognise that the Super Bowl belongs in America.”
Additionally when we asked about how close we were to a franchise he coyly answered “Closer than we were before”
The full interview is available on our latest show – Tuesday Morning Football – 1.23
As well as Alistair’s interview the show features Minnesota Vikings players Harrison Smith & John Sullivan, our examination of the raft of QB trades and Tony Romo’s new mega bucks contract
If you are not familiar with Alistair here he is presenting a rather terrifying, giant robotic Jason Taylor in Trafalgar Square back in 2007 –