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Aw, shit.

FRANKFURT, Germany – The NFL folded its development league in Europe after 16 years on Friday, calling the decision a sound business move that will allow for a stronger international focus on regular-season games outside the United States.

The announcement came less than a week after the Hamburg Sea Devils beat the Frankfurt Galaxy 37-28 in the World Bowl title game in Frankfurt before a crowd of 48,125. Five of the league’s six teams are based in Germany, with the other in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

A statement on the German-language edition of the NFL’s Web site said the NFL decided to concentrate its “strategies and resources” on regular-season games outside the United States in an effort to reach as many people as possible.

Memo to Rajah Goody-Two-Shoes:  Y’know, maybe if you had – oh, I dunno – ESTABLISHED AN AMERICAN TV MARKET FOR IT!!!!!! – it might have had at least some moderate success.

You know, like the Arena Football League has.

And yes – I know this was mostly your predecessor’s doing (damn that (@%)@@^*@!!! Tagliabue).  But it wouldn’t have hurt to have had at least one  network carrying the games, hm?  Y’know, like Fox Sports Net did a couple years ago.

Chalk another one up to NFL extreme shortsightedness…

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