Football Thursday: Can ‘madden’ Video Game Do More To Help Nfl In London Than The Jaguars?

London Internet Exchange (LINX) Selects CoreSite Data Center for First North American Peering Exchange

The Jags made their presence felt in London, even before their Oct. 27 game scheduled at Wembley Stadium. (Y Sports) The NFL has been serious for some time about moving a team to London. Too many hints have been dropped and arrangements made. An annual one-game experiment has been moved to two games this year and will likely grow to three next fall. After that the only way to continue growing is to move an existing team across the Atlantic. “If that’s going to happen it’s going to happen in the next 10 years, it could be sooner,” Pittsburgh Steelers president Art Rooney II, a member of the league’s international committee said last week. His words echoed those recently uttered by another owner who said London will have a franchise “in our lifetime.” To many in London, the obvious choice is the Jaguars, who have committed to playing home games the next four years at Wembley and owner Shahid Khan told British reporters upon buying the soccer team Fulham last summer that the Jags are “the home team for London.” And that discourages many of the league’s British fans who have flocked to sell out the seven games the NFL has played at Wembley since 2007. Because they see failure in the Jaguars. They see an organization without a plan and they fear the Jaguars will be a flop. “A lot of fans don’t want to see a team here, since if it doesn’t work, the NFL will say, ‘Do we really want to be here?'” said Gerard Gillen, a student in London who spent his childhood in Ireland mocked by his fellow students for his devotion to the NFL. Or as Samuel said: “They’re going to come and get their cheap Jaguars flags and sit in the stands and they’re going to see the team they’re supposed to root for getting their backsides handed to them.” British fans aren’t like ours. Their sports passions run deep, often from birth.

London Metal Exchange to boost reporting transparency-FT

The LME has dropped its resistance to publishing detailed reports on the number of commodity contracts held by hedge funds, commercial users and other market participants, the FT said in its Sunday edition, citing people familiar with the discussions. An official at Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing (HKEx) , which bought the LME for $2.2 billion last December, declined to immediately comment. The LME, the world’s largest market place for industrial metals, has faced criticism for under regulating its market and allowing long queues to grow in its warehousing network that has resulted in a flurry of lawsuits in the United States. Regulation is set to be a hot topic at this week’s industry week event in London. Last month, Russia’s United Company Rusal and U.S.-based Alcoa sent open letters to the LME, urging it to match its U.S. rival, the CME Group, in providing more data about the make-up of investors positions. Currently, the LME provides open interest data and limited long-short positioning data showing when large positions emerge, but it does not show whether positions are held by speculators or industrial interests. In the United States, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) requires exchanges to release detailed positioning information. The resulting Commitment of Traders weekly reports are closely watched by investors. HKEx is already taking a tougher regulatory stance over its new market, proposing an overhaul of the LME’s controversial warehousing system which is due to be voted on this month.

Roman copper-alloy plate brooch with blue enameling. An inked Roman letter. Over 100 fragments of Roman writing tablets have been unearthed, including an affectionate letter. A ceramic oil lamp depicting a stag. Approximately 700 boxes of pottery fragments will be analyzed by MOLA — Museum of London Archaeology — specialists. Complete Roman ceramic beaker. Roman leather carbatina (a shoe.) Roman fist and phallus. The largest assemblage of fist and phallus good luck charms from one site was discovered. A bone sword handle. A Roman woven basket. Some 3,500 tonnes of soil have been excavated by hand. That amounts to 21,000 barrows of spoil (soil). A Roman tiled floor. Some 75,000 man hours have been spent excavating and recording the extraordinary archeology on site. Timber foundation beams from a Roman building.

Roman skulls unearthed deep beneath London

A Roman bull plaque. Ten thousand accessioned finds have been discovered at the site. This is the largest assemblage of small finds to have ever been recovered on a single excavation in London.

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