Tottenham have been dealt a ‘huge’ financial blow after it was confirmed the club would not be hosting any NFL games this year, according to Alan Hutton.
The former Spurs and Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, insists the loss of revenue will be a “massive” setback for the Lilywhites.
The NFL confirmed on Saturday that the two games scheduled to be played at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium will now take place stateside as they cancel all foreign matches.
The Sun report that Spurs could miss out on as much as £10million from the food, drink and merchandise sales as a result.
Hutton admits such a setback is a body-blow for Spurs and suggests that chairman Daniel Levy is facing one of the most testing times in charge of the north Londoners.
Hutton told Football Insider: “I think that was one of the main things when they were building the stadium, they’ve actually turned it into a NFL ground, there’s locker rooms and all that on the other side of the stadium so it was really geared up towards that.
“It was massive money, something like £4million and two games, something like that, which has been cancelled so that’s huge. They’re obviously losing all that revenue and that so it’s a difficult period for them.
“Over the years Levy has been renowned for how well he is running the club and this is really going to test him. There’s a lot of things going against them financially at the moment.”
The NFL has held a game in London every year since 2006, with Wembley also scheduled to host two Jacksonville Jaguars games this coming season.
Spurs signed a 10-year deal with the NFL in 2015 to play host to American football matches at their state-of-the-art ground from 2018, although the first year was delayed due to construction overrunning on the stadium.
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