LONDON (AP) — The NFL might stage a recreation in one more worldwide location “as early as subsequent 12 months,” commissioner, Roger Goodell stated Saturday.
Goodell spoke at a followers’ discussion board in London, which is internet hosting three video games this season earlier than the worldwide slate switches to Germany for 2 video games in November.
The league not too long ago confirmed that cities in Spain and Brazil are below overview as potential hosts sooner or later.
“We even have three or 4 markets which are right here this weekend and subsequent weekend which are concerned with internet hosting a recreation,” he stated.
The NFL declined to remark past Goodell’s solutions on the fan occasion.
The league has made an aggressive push internationally by including a seventeenth recreation to the schedule to facilitate video games overseas and provides groups advertising rights in varied international locations.
League officers have made web site visits to Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo in Brazil and Madrid in Spain the place they have been “constructing relationships, trying on the stadia there, trying on the operations companions, the infrastructure,” stated Peter O’Reilly, the NFL’s govt vp for membership enterprise, and worldwide and league occasions, in a current media name.
Twenty-one groups are collaborating within the NFL’s international markets program in 2023 throughout 14 worldwide international locations. The league has expressed curiosity in bringing video games to a number of of these markets and hasn’t dominated out placing a franchise abroad sooner or later.
Beneath the worldwide markets program, the Chicago Bears and Miami Dolphins have industrial rights in Spain. The Dolphins are the one crew with rights in Brazil.
Beneath the expanded schedule, NFC groups get 9 house video games in 2024, which no less than opens the door for the potential of the Bears enjoying in Spain.
The primary regular-season recreation in Germany final 12 months was thought-about a hit. Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat the Seattle Seahawks 21-16 in Munich.
The German metropolis of Frankfurt hosts two video games this season, the primary being the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs towards the Dolphins.
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