NFL International Series in London: Our Rundown

NFL International Series in London: Our Rundown

by | Apr 26, 2017 | Blog

We’re already excited about the NFL International Series in London. Four games will take place – two at Wembley and two at Twickenham – in September and October this year. That’s one more game than London hosted last year, and the most it has ever hosted in a single season. Three of the eight teams playing will be making their London debut, with the Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns and Arizona Cardinals appearing in the International Series for the first time. London hosted its first game back in 2007, and since then the NFL says there has been ‘accelerated growth’ in UK viewership, claiming to have a British fanbase of more than 13 million people. Ahead of the games, we thought we’d give you our rundown of the NFL International Series in London… Baltimore Ravens vs. Jacksonville Jaguars 24 September 2017 at Wembley Stadium At first glance, we’d say the first game doesn’t look set to be the most exciting. The Jaguars – arguably one of the decade’s weakest teams – have had a six-season losing streak, whilst the Ravens have only made the playoffs once since winning the Super Bowl in 2012. However, it looks like the Ravens are doing their utmost to turn things around. Over the past 16 months they’ve almost completely overturned their underperforming squads, changing 73% of their starting lineup. As for the Jaguars, if we look at the statistics, they do fare better in London – they’re 2-2 here over the last four years, compared to 13-47 everywhere else. With any luck, we reckon this game could turn out better than it appears at...
Ashes Hopefuls 2017-18: Ones to Watch

Ashes Hopefuls 2017-18: Ones to Watch

This November, England will head down under to defend the Ashes against Australia. Ahead of the series, we’ve looked at six Ashes hopefuls we’ve got our eye on… A period of transition England’s Test squad is currently in a period of change, with Joe Root having just been named Test captain following Alastair Cook’s resignation. It’s hard to say what sort of captain Root will be, but we’d hazard a guess his style will be a good deal more aggressive than Cook’s cautious approach. Since his Test debut in 2012, no batsman has scored more than Root’s 4,594 runs. It will be interesting to see whether he takes his innovative, front-foot batting style forward into his captaincy. A great start to the year Australia sent shockwaves around the cricket world last week when they thrashed India in the first of a four-Test series in Pune, winning by 333 runs. The dramatic victory ended a 19-Test unbeaten run for India – their longest-ever unbeaten streak. They’ve also won their last 20 matches at home, including a Test series against England at the end of 2016. That impressive record makes Australia’s win even more remarkable. Will they be able to keep it up for the rest of the series? We’ll have to wait and see. Ashes hopefuls – the ones to watch Both Australia and England have a handful of Ashes hopefuls who are new to Test cricket and unknown to the other side. We’ve got our eye on Matt Renshaw, Peter Handscomb and Steve O’Keefe for Australia, and Haseeb Hameed, Keaton Jennings and Jake Ball for England. In the lead up...
Can Joshua Beat Klitschko?

Can Joshua Beat Klitschko?

Anthony Joshua will face Wladimir Klitschko in a much-anticipated heavyweight showdown on April 29th at Wembley Stadium. But can Joshua beat Klitschko? This clash of the Titans will go a long way to determining the greatest heavyweight in the world. Safe to say it’s the most eagerly awaited heavyweight clash since Klitschko’s defeat by Tyson Fury – and arguably since Lennox Lewis fought Klitschko’s brother Vitali in 2003. Ticket sales set new record for Wembley This super fight has already broken box office records, with more than 80,000 tickets sold and an extension to Wembley’s original capacity in the offing. The second batch of tickets sold out in less than an hour, and total sales have now beaten the record set by Carl Froch’s rematch against George Groves in 2014. Promoter Eddie Hearn said: “The demand for tickets for Joshua vs Klitschko is phenomenal – this is unquestionably the biggest fight in British boxing history and we would have sold out Wembley twice over.” He would say that. But this time he might actually be right. So, as the fight creeps closer, the question on everyone’s lips is can Joshua beat Klitschko? Joshua: a young unbeaten hero   The 27-year-old Brit has certainly got a lot going for him. At 6ft 6in and with a reach of 82 inches, he cuts a formidable figure. After winning super heavyweight gold at the London 2012 Olympics, Joshua turned pro in 2013. Since then he remains unbeaten after 18 fights, with a 100% knockout rate. With an average of 2.44 rounds per fight, no one’s even come close to taking him the...
Are England as Good as the All Blacks?

Are England as Good as the All Blacks?

Are England as good as the All Blacks? A year ago you’d have been locked up for asking the question, but after 14 straight wins we’ve finally plucked up the courage to ask. After Australia dumped England out of their own World Cup at the pool stage, obituaries were being written, Stuart Lancaster was out of work and the future looked bleak. Fast forward 14 months and England have followed up their Six Nations Grand Slam with a clean sweep in the Autumn Internationals – culminating in their fourth win on the trot against the Wallabies. And, whisper it softly, but New Zealand’s 40-29 defeat to Ireland in Chicago might just mean they are human after all. So we’ve got to ask: are England as good as the All Blacks? First things first: how have New Zealand done in 2016? Any side would struggle to cope with the retirements of Richie McCaw, Conrad Smith, Ma’a Nonu, Dan Carter and Keven Mealamu. Any side except New Zealand, it would seem. The All Black vintage of 2016 coasted through the Rugby Championship, with six wins out of six – opening up with an 8-42 mauling of Australia in Sydney and ending with a stunning 15-57 win in Durban. That shock in Chicago was the only blot on the copybook since an all-conquering New Zealand lifted the World Cup. So who are the danger men – and how do England compare? Are England as good as the All Blacks? Leadership Eddie Jones has worked wonders with this England group and has yet to taste defeat while in charge of his adopted country....
Travel Counsellors Conference

Travel Counsellors Conference

BAC Sport recently attended the annual Travel Counsellors conference up in Manchester. This was the first time we’ve been, and I can honestly say we weren’t disappointed. What is the Travel Counsellors conference? The three-day event brings suppliers and agents together to discuss everything from what’s working well to areas of improvement, company highlights and new developments – and, of course, reward some outstanding individual achievements. Combined with some fantastic entertainment, this really was a weekend to enjoy. Partner presentation After arriving and setting up our stand for the Pow Wow we were invited to attend the partner presentation. It was really interesting to get an insight from Travel Counsellors head office on the last year’s business, and also the future marketing developments that are soon to be implemented. It was exciting to see what marketing opportunities we can get involved with, and how we can collectively target Travel Counsellors clients. Evening dinner After arriving for the drinks reception looking like drowned rats (good old Manchester weather) we dried off and enjoyed chatting to Travel Counsellors and suppliers. Having not noticed the slow movement of people towards the dinner hall we were taken aback at the sudden rush of people flocking through the doors as they opened. This was a massive surprise – the evening reception was decorated like a fairground, carousel and all. A voice came from the back of the room, and there was the host for the weekend – Vernon Kay. After a full-on evening of entertainment and a chance to make first introductions to the Travel Counsellors agents, the conference got underway. Conference sessions One of the...