NFL sets eyes on China, Germany for possible season games

NFL sets eyes on China, Germany for possible season games

The NFL aims to broaden its horizon as team owners are looking to bring the game as far as China and Germany, this after the team owners meeting held Monday in Florida.

ESPN reported that New York Giants co-owner Steve Tisch half-dozen of venues around the world consider China, Germany and even Brazil. It was learned that this year the NFL will bring a season match in Mexico City and in London.

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“International is a big push right now. It’s fascinating to think about. It’s very exciting, very exotic to think about. But if we do get to a point where the NFL plays a game in China, the logistics are going to be interesting. A lot to figure out in terms of getting there, playing there, coming back from there to the States, how do you maintain the parity with the other 30 teams who don’t have to play there. So, a lot to be worked out still before that could happen,” Tisch said.

However, scheduling a game in China will prove to be challenging as the NFL are in the works of bringing the sport there by 2018 while reported that the league aims to bring a game by next year to Germany.

It was also learned that they consider visiting China as the league’s boldest move as they would like to see the possibilities, logistics and sense of having the games there. The NFL had earlier plans to play in China dating back in 2007 but was rescheduled to 2009 and it never came to a reality.

For the coming season, the NFL will have the Washington Redskins against the Cincinnati Bengals in London while the Indianapolis Colts will test the Jacksonville Jaguars at the Wembley Stadium. There is also the Los Angeles Rams taking on the New York Giants at the Twickenham Stadium. Then on Nov. 21, the Oakland Raiders will play host to Houston Texans at the Azteca Stadium in Mexico City.

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