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NFL's Roger Goodell explains early start time for Chiefs-Lions in London

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The Kansas City Chiefs will give up a home game and play the Detroit Lions in London next year. It was just announced this week that the game will kick off at 8:30 a.m. (Arrowhead Time) on that Sunday morning as will the other two London games next season.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is holding his annual pre-Super Bowl press conference today and he was asked about that early start time. Here's what he said:

"It's something that we experimented with last year," Goodell said on NFL Network Friday afternoon. "It was our first game at 9:30 a.m. ET time in the States. It ended up being successful here as our fans had another national window on Sunday morning. Our fans said we love it and want to see more.

"We also had a tremendous reaction in London with our fans. At that particular week last year the game was as at 1:30 p.m. (in London). Our fans were able to go to the game in the afternoon and some coming from other parts of Europe were able to get home. We found that it was a very positive change so we wanted to experiment more so we did that this year. All three of our games (in London this year) will be at 9:30 a.m. We've found it's been terrific for our fans both in London and on this side of the pond also. So we'll continue it."

He's right that it is a national game so that's cool ... but I'd give up that national window to move this game back to Arrowhead.