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Judge said he owns the AFL China league (known there as Ganlan Media International) and is bankrolling the venture out of pocket. He said he’s meeting with Steve Forbes to discuss additional financing. The Soul ownership group has already made a $20 million investment for equipment and other expenses.

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Jaworski led a group last August that gained approval from the Chinese government to bring the league overseas and introduce competitive football to about 1.4 billion people.

"The commissioner of sport reaches out to me and shakes my hand," Jaworski said. "I looked at my interpreter and said, ‘Does that mean we’ve got the deal?’ The handshake is good over in China, too."

The AFL has gone deeper in its football relationship with China than the NFL. The league has never played even a preseason game in China even though it’s maintained an office in Shanghai for years.

"I believe in five to 10 years, through our organization, I think we can bring the NFL over there," Judge said. "Roger Goodell is watching what we’re doing. He talks to Ron Jaworski pretty much every month. He’s supporting us."

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