Originally Posted by houstonspartan
Musicians and actors often travel several DAYS before a show. That gives them time to adjust. Businessmen also build in two or three days to adjust to jet lag.
Football players put their bodies on the line. This is a physical sport. Flying in and out of the United Kingdom is not going to work if you have to turn around, take ANOTHER long flight, and then get home, rest, and preparing for the following weeks game.
Also, because of the jet stream, flights FROM the Europe TO the United States are often a few hours long. Houston to Paris, for example, is 8 hours. Paris to Houston, by contrast, is 11 hours.
Also, regarding flying NY to San Diego: when you do that you are gaining 3 hours. And players aren't in San Diego long enough to adjust to the time difference, so jet lag is not as much a factor.
When you fly to Europe, however, you are losing 6 or 7 hours. That's why most flights to Europe leave the US at night: so they can arrive in England first thing in the morning (and, so they can allow US passengers to connect on later outbound flights).
A team in London will never happen.
Umm football players would travel several days before a game too. Eight times a year. Maybe 32 or 40 nights in a hotel room a year -- depending on whether they spend four or five nights per game on the road as the visiting team. The horror!
They said the same thing about MLB on the West Coast in the 50's. It was unreasonable because teams couldn't travel cross country for games. A train ride in 1957 from Philadelphia to San Francisco was a hell of a lot longer and less comfortable than a plane ride across the Atlantic today.