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Murphy intrigued by idea of Packers playing in London


GREEN BAY (WAOW) -- The Packers may play in the NFL's smallest market, but they've never been strangers to its biggest stages. Still, there's one stage that the Packers have yet to star on: the international stage.

In an attempt to expand its brand, the NFL began playing regular season games in London. This year, the league is expanding the international schedule from two to three games.

The Packers have not yet been a part of the International Series, but Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy said Thursday he is intrigued by the idea.

"I would be excited about having a chance to play in London," Murphy said after the Packers annual shareholders meeting. "I think our fans here would love to travel to London, I think it would be a great experience."

According to Murphy, there are some issues. He has said the Packers will never give up a home game because those are too valuable to Green Bay.

Additionally, other teams may be hesitant to transfer a "home" game against the Packers to London, because Packers fans travel well when the team is on the road.

"(Packers fans) travel so well that teams are reluctant to give up a home game against the Packers because it's typically a guaranteed sellout," Murphy said.

Murphy said the league is also looking at the possibility of playing in other English cities.

The three London games for 2014 are set. Next spring, the 2015 international schedule will be determined.

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