Robert Kraft hopes for London team

Updated: June 28, 2012, 11:22 PM ET
By Mike Reiss and Field Yates |

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, currently on a promotional tour in advance of the team's October game against the St. Louis Rams in London, said he thinks it would be good for the NFL to have a team located overseas.

"I personally think we should have a franchise in London, and that is something I am going to push for," Kraft said, according to "I think I said that the last time we were over here in 2009 and before this next decade is out, I hope we have a team here. I think that would be right for the NFL, and this fan base has proven they deserve it."

Kraft stressed, however, that that team wouldn't be the Patriots. He also said he likes the idea of the Patriots playing a game in London annually.

"We lobbied hard to come back after having such a good experience in 2009. We would love to be the permanent visiting team. It was good for team bonding, and everyone really enjoyed our last trip to London," he said before noting the support the Patriots receive from their growing UK fan base.

The Patriots will face the Rams at Wembley Stadium on Oct. 28.

Field Yates is a contributor to's Patriots coverage.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter
Field Yates has previous experience interning with the New England Patriots on both their coaching and scouting staffs. A graduate of Wesleyan University (CT), he is a regular contributor to ESPN Boston's Patriots coverage and ESPN Insider.