NFL looking at international games in Germany, Mexico, Brazil
The NFL says they are looking to play more international games and are looking at potential sites in Germany, Mexico and Brazil.
The league’s international series started in 2007 and two teams have played at least one regular season at Wembley Stadium in London ever since.
This season there will be three international games: the Miami Dolphins taking on the New York Jets on Oct. 4, the Buffalo Bills playing the Jacksonville Jaguars on Oct. 25 and a Nov. 1 contest between the Detroit Lions and Kansas City Chiefs.
"From a London perspective, we continue to be very pleased with the demand of the three games for this year," Mark Waller, the NFL's executive vice president for international, told the Associated Press. "We already are in great shape and sold out. ... All of that continues to go very well from a demand standpoint, commercial standpoint. From a UK perspective, we are very committed to the games and that agenda."
Waller says that several cities in Germany have expressed interest in hosting games and the only concerns would be about making sure the fans can engage and follow the league on a regular basis.
"I don't think there is any doubt we could play a game in Germany and be successful selling it out," Waller said.
Mexico has a large interest in the NFL and could easily support hosting a game, including the Pro Bowl.
The only regular-season contest in Mexico was at Azteca Stadium in Mexico City, a game between the Arizona Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers in 2005. Arizona, the designated home team for the game, won 31-14 in front of more than 103,000 spectators.
"We're at the point today of waiting for a report back from Populous, which will highlight what we think needs to get done in either Azteca or the Olympic stadium," Waller said. "Specifically to the Pro Bowl, our thinking is if you have a new market that is starting to become interested, the Pro Bowl might be a very good way for fans to get more acquainted with the NFL.”
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