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Ravens under consideration to play in London in 2017

The Ravens are one of eight teams who haven't taken part in International Series.

Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti has said for several years that he’d like his franchise to get an opportunity to play overseas. He’s a little closer to getting his wish.

The Ravens have been informed by the NFL that they are under consideration to play a 2017 road game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley Stadium in London. The arrangement makes sense, given the Ravens are scheduled to play the Jaguars and the rest of the AFC South in 2017, and they are one of only eight teams who have yet to play outside the United States since the International Series began in 2007.

The Jaguars, meanwhile, are in the middle of a deal with Wembley Stadium to play one home game a year there through 2020.

Per their deal with the Maryland Stadium Authority, the Ravens are not allowed to play a home game away from M&T Bank Stadium. But team officials have long said that they’d welcome playing a road game in London.

In a conference call with season-ticket holders last year, Bisciotti estimated that there was a 75 to 80 percent chance that the Ravens would play in London within the next four years.

“I would absolutely love going to London,” Bisciotti said on the call. “I think it would be great. Hopefully it would be the time of year that we could get a lot of fans over there, whether it [is] near Christmas or near Thanksgiving, or September when the weather is still beautiful, even in the U.K. I’m all for it. I think it would be a blast.”

The NFL has yet to announce what teams will play overseas in 2017. Last year, the league announced the schedule of international games for the following season in November.

The Ravens have never played outside the United States in franchise history. The only other teams who haven’t taken part in the International Series are the Arizona Cardinals, Carolina Panthers, Cleveland Browns, Green Bay Packers, Philadelphia Eagles, Seattle Seahawks and Tennessee Titans.

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