London set for NFL takeover

There looks set to be all sorts of National Football League (NFL) themed events taking place in London later this month, as Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Chicago Bears go head to head in the capital.

According to Event magazine, the two teams will play on Sunday October, with the week leading up to the game featuring activities such as screenings of American football-related films and an NFL rally.

As well as officially planned live performances by cheerleaders, bands and famous figures from the sport, fans may also decide to book out function venues to watch the match if they decide against attending in person.

It looks as though there may be plenty more American football played in the UK in future after NBC Sports reported that NFL owners voted to continue playing regular league games in the country over the next five years.

The sports news website noted that the vote also allowed the possibility of a team permanently making London their home for one game every season, with Tampa Bay a prime contender for this role.

Not only is the side involved in the UK fixture this year and in 2010, the team is owned by the Glazer family; the controversial heads of Premier League football champions Manchester United.