It’s official: Cleveland losing Browns home game to London in 2017


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It’s official: Cleveland losing Browns home game to London in 2017

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LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 23: (EDITORS NOTE: This image was processed using digital filters) A general view of the goal post during the NFL International Series match between New York Giants and Los Angeles Rams at Twickenham Stadium on October 23, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

The NFL announced Tuesday the Browns will play the Vikings in London next season.

The game will count as a home game for the Browns, so they will only have seven regular season games in Cleveland next season.

The Bengals made their first trip across the pond for a regular season game this season, tying the Redskins at Wembley Stadium on Oct. 30.

The Browns-Vikings game will be in Week 7 or 8 with the Cardinals and Rams also playing at Twickenham Stadium one of those weeks.

Games between the Ravens and Jaguars and Saints and Dolphins are scheduled for the third and fourth weeks of the season at Wembley Stadim.

The four games scheduled for London are the most in one year for the league, which has held at least one game there every season since 2007.

According to the league, the United Kingdom is home to 13 million NFL fans, including “close to four millions avid fans,” and participation in amateur football has risen 15 percent in the past 10 years.

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