By Ashley Dunkak
The Detroit Lions are going international.
Noted earlier in the month as one of several candidates to participate in an NFL game in London in 2014, it has been announced that the Lions will indeed have a road game that is much farther away than usual.
The Lions will play the Atlanta Falcons at a date and time to be announced. The Falcons will be the home team, so Detroit will still play eight games at Ford Field in 2014.
Games in London are part of the NFL’s strategy to expand the audience for the sport, and the idea of having a team in London is one that has gotten some attention recently.
At least one Lions player has an open mind about that concept.
“Football is such an amazing sport, and obviously it’s only amazing in America,” running back Reggie Bush said. “There are another few countries like Mexico that it’s pretty popular in, and in London, obviously.
“If we can get a team over there, I think that’s going to be great for the game of football,” Bush added. “It’s just going to make the sport so much bigger. I went over there a couple of years ago with the [New Orleans] Saints, and I had a great time. I’ve been to London a few times, I love it, it’s a great city. I think it’s good for the game of football for us to get games over internationally and just make the sport even bigger.”