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The NFL is reportedly interested in throwing its support behind a professional rugby league with teams along the East Coast that could start play as soon as 2014.

The NFL Network will broadcast a rugby match in August featuring a European team and a squad comprised of some US blokes as a kind of litmus test to see if a league would be viable stateside.

The NFL reportedly wants to get into bed with a pro rugby league to help fill a programming void in the offseason, because there is clearly just so much ‘Total Access’ you can air before viewers drift off to the History channel to watch Chumlee say something stupid on 'Pawn Stars.'

It’s also worth noting the NFL, which is trying to make the game safer amidst the seemingly growing number of concussions player suffer, would throw its weight behind a sport like rugby. To many Americans, the game seems to be nothing more than a combination of "kill the man with the ball" and the Good Samaritan who runs down street to tackle the thief who stole an old woman's purse.

Of course, maybe the NFL is onto something by importing a sport from another continent. America has done it with soccer. If rugby works, you know it’s only a matter of time before curling goes big-time in the US.

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