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Report: Texans-Raiders expected to be in Mexico City next season

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - MARCH 26:  People attend a match between Mexico and US as part of FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifier at The Azteca stadium on March 26, 2013 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Miguel Tovar/Getty Images) Getty Images

There’s been a lot of attention paid in recent months to where the Raiders are going to call home in the future.

According to a report from John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, they’ll likely be calling Mexico City home for one game next season. The Raiders are scheduled to host the Texans during the 2016 season and McClain reports that the game is expected to be played in Mexico’s capital.

Texans president Jamey Rootes said last year that the team wanted to be part of any games in Mexico, which is a natural place for them to try to grow their fanbase given the proximity to Houston.

“We’ve always expressed that we have an interest in participating internationally as a road team, we’ve made it clear that we were most interested in doing that in Mexico,” Rootes said. “It’s an amazing opportunity for teams and the league. Mexico City is a logical choice for a team like the Texans. We’d be a great ambassador for the league.”

NFL officials traveled to Mexico City last year to see if Azteca Stadium was prepared to host an NFL game, something it last did in 2005 when more than 100,000 people turned out to watch the Cardinals and 49ers. The league would like to expand their international slate of games beyond London, where three games will be played next season.

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61 Responses to “Report: Texans-Raiders expected to be in Mexico City next season”
  1. criticaldsj says: Feb 4, 2016 10:29 AM

    This is the market the NFL should be looking to move a team to, not London or Toronto. Great potential here.

  2. PokeSalad says: Feb 4, 2016 10:31 AM

    Even better…maybe the NFL can “accidentally” leave the Raiders there…..

  3. mball13 says: Feb 4, 2016 10:31 AM

    Seriously man, I’m tried of the them losing home games. The travel is basically nothing for the Texans

  4. Kingmj4891 says: Feb 4, 2016 10:32 AM

    Maybe the Raiders are going to move to Mexico City.

  5. patriottony says: Feb 4, 2016 10:33 AM

    AS the NFL CONTINUES to screw over the FANS that have PAID BILLIONS over the years supporting their “TEAM” and now the NFL wants to take home games away from theose fans.
    Think about buying a PSL,,then buying the tickets and finding out you can now only see 6 or 7 games versus the “8”..because you have one game in London and one in Canada,,,etc…

  6. RavenzGunnerz says: Feb 4, 2016 10:34 AM

    Yea. Send them there. Don’t tell us the results.

  7. liondriven says: Feb 4, 2016 10:35 AM

    .
    irresponsible… potentially deadly!
    .
    .

  8. silvernblacksabbath says: Feb 4, 2016 10:35 AM

    At least its not London… and it will definitely sell out!

  9. returntoexcellence says: Feb 4, 2016 10:36 AM

    So the Texans want to expand their market into Mexico? Good luck with that when the team you’ll be playing is the Raiders. That stadium will be a sea of Silver and Black.

  10. r8rsfan says: Feb 4, 2016 10:37 AM

    Viva Los Raiders!!!

  11. jag1959 says: Feb 4, 2016 10:40 AM

    “We’ve always expressed that we have an interest in participating internationally as a road team, we’ve made it clear that we were most interested in doing that in Mexico,” Rootes said
    ____________

    Not, however, ‘most interested’ enough to give up a home game to do it. It’s always refreshing when they don’t even bother to try hiding the greed.

    Mexico City and London, there’s 2 home dates the Raiders won’t have to worry about being ‘home’ for. They can spin this out without too much effort… How about Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Tokyo, Hamburg and Seoul?

  12. jonwill57 says: Feb 4, 2016 10:40 AM

    Give them a pre-season game!

  13. mikelitoris1 says: Feb 4, 2016 10:43 AM

    Maybe Goodell could move to Siberia.

  14. mikelitoris1 says: Feb 4, 2016 10:44 AM

    … or better yet, Chernobyl.

  15. DaveKShape says: Feb 4, 2016 10:47 AM

    This is kind of a weird thing to say, but I know a bunch of heavy metal bands that went down into Mexico to tour, after people told them “Do not go.” due to the drug violence.

    They went anyway and played their shows. Tons of good-hearted people came out and were losing their minds, because they were so excited to be able to see a silly concert and be normal, for once.

    I think it’s cool the NFL is going to play a game there, if not simply for good humans that deserve to see something fun.

  16. huh6016 says: Feb 4, 2016 10:49 AM

    Do they serve tequila at those games?

  17. routerunner says: Feb 4, 2016 10:50 AM

    What are we, the British Empire now?

  18. hairdownthere says: Feb 4, 2016 10:51 AM

    As stated here for over two years, the Raiders would thrive in Mexico!! They know the Burrito Economy well!

  19. PFT loves the Steelers says: Feb 4, 2016 10:53 AM

    Not surprising. If they could, the NFL would do away with “home teams” altogether and have teams travel the globe. Whatever makes the most money right? The NFL won’t stop their quest for global domination until people really let them know – with their wallets – that they disapprove.

  20. logicalvoicesisnotlogical says: Feb 4, 2016 10:53 AM

    IMO its should be a home game for Houston being half as close to Mexico City. 2100 miles away vs 1000. Luckily the Raiders already have 9 home games a year.( San Diego is a home game ask Philly Rivs.) This should start being a wake up call for Oakland council though. Why does the NFL usually pick the Raiders to travel extraordinary distanceces for home games? The reason being the Raiders will sell out anywhere but we keep making them play in a 50 year old dilapidated stadium.

  21. rcali says: Feb 4, 2016 10:54 AM

    Ha ha, keep paying for stadiums people so the NFL can take away your home games. Classic.

  22. 23rdusernameused says: Feb 4, 2016 10:56 AM

    NATIONAL Football League! NOT Mexican football league, British Football league or European Football League, etc.
    IF IT AIN’T BROKE DON’T FIX IT!
    Roger is on the verge of “Breaking” it though, smh

  23. dryzzt23 says: Feb 4, 2016 10:58 AM

    IF any players come back with drug issues, dysentery, or severely bad gas….then I blame De Smith and the NFLPA b/c the union allowed these players to be put at risk of drinking bad water, being exposed to drug cartels, and eating lots of tacos & enchiladas.

  24. pedmeg says: Feb 4, 2016 11:01 AM

    “I think the NFL is 10 years away from an implosion. When pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered. And they’re getting hoggy. When you try to take it too far, people turn the other way. I’m just telling you, when you got a good thing and you get greedy, it always, always, always, always, always turns against you.”
    – Mark Cuban, March 2014

    I think he might be a tad bit off with his 10 years projection… could be sooner at this rate.

  25. jimmyt says: Feb 4, 2016 11:01 AM

    As a fan who has been “screwed over” by the NFL more than once I will enjoy watching them fail. They have just about ruined the game anyway.

  26. ttommytom says: Feb 4, 2016 11:03 AM

    Young multi millionaires partying in an unsafe 3rd world country:

    What could go wrong?

  27. donato77 says: Feb 4, 2016 11:04 AM

    “DaveKShape says:
    Feb 4, 2016 10:47 AM
    This is kind of a weird thing to say, but I know a bunch of heavy metal bands that went down into Mexico to tour, after people told them “Do not go.” due to the drug violence.

    They went anyway and played their shows. Tons of good-hearted people came out and were losing their minds, because they were so excited to be able to see a silly concert and be normal, for once.

    I think it’s cool the NFL is going to play a game there, if not simply for good humans that deserve to see something fun.”

    It isn’t weird as much as it is ignorant on the surface. As an American living in Mexico a city for over five years I can tell you that if you haven’t been there then your preconceived notions are possibly very misplaced.

    They get pretty much every band you can think of. That really hasn’t been an issue. Just look at the annual festival lineups for Corona Capital and Viva Latino.

    The crime in a Mexico City is but a fraction compared to many major US cities, and certainly feels a lot safer than my beloved hometown of New Orleans.

    Lastly there are a lot of rich people here. And I mean a lot! Things are far more sophisticated than many think.

  28. noteamforlosangeles says: Feb 4, 2016 11:05 AM

    Could have been worse, Mexico City…Could have been stuck with Titans-Chargers. That would have been a better option anyway, IMO

  29. araidersfan says: Feb 4, 2016 11:12 AM

    I think that Mexico City is a much better location for an NFL franchise then a so-called “gold mine” like Los Angeles. In Mexico City the fans will show up for games because they actually love football whereas in La-la land it’s all about being seen.

  30. Silver and Black attack says: Feb 4, 2016 11:13 AM

    Gonna be a total Raider home game just like last time we played there against the Cowboys in 2001. It will be even better this time since nobody even cares about the Texans.

  31. senatorblutarsky says: Feb 4, 2016 11:15 AM

    23rdusernameused says:
    Feb 4, 2016 10:56 AM

    NATIONAL Football League! NOT Mexican football league, British Football league or European Football League, etc.
    IF IT AIN’T BROKE DON’T FIX IT!
    Roger is on the verge of “Breaking” it though, smh
    _______________

    I’m smh at those who blame Goodell for whatever they don’t like that the NFL does. The Commissioner represents the owners. He does what THEY want him to do. Mr. Goodell makes $44 million in salary and bonuses so I’d say the owners are happy pretty, pretty happy with him.

  32. senatorblutarsky says: Feb 4, 2016 11:18 AM

    ttommytom says:
    Feb 4, 2016 11:03 AM

    Young multi millionaires partying in an unsafe 3rd world country:

    What could go wrong?
    __________________

    They’ll be surrounded by so much security that nothing will go wrong. It’s back home in their hometowns with their homies hanging all over them where they’d get into real trouble.

  33. tdubdizzle says: Feb 4, 2016 11:35 AM

    “This is kind of a weird thing to say, but I know a bunch of heavy metal bands that went down into Mexico to tour, after people told them “Do not go.” due to the drug violence.”

    This is what the news will do to ya folks. It’ll make you a fear mongering fool. I can tell this person has not been to Mexico.

    You’re not gonna die if you go to Mexico, fool. I have friends whos families live in Mexico and they go there every weekend from Chandler, AZ. Don’t believe everything you hear.

  34. SparkyGump says: Feb 4, 2016 11:38 AM

    Mexico City makes much more sense than London.

  35. alonestartexan says: Feb 4, 2016 11:39 AM

    As a Texan (and I’m sure people from California feel the same way) I think it’s a great opportunity for the teams to continue to grow their product in Mexico. Mexico is a beautiful country and a great place to visit.

    The Raiders really no longer have a home (Oakland clearly doesn’t want to keep them) so them giving up a home game really won’t matter. Maybe Davis can use this to gauge interest for a possible move to San Antonio.

  36. radrntn says: Feb 4, 2016 11:56 AM

    Make it in the pre-season…i get frustrated when I have to pay full price for pre-season games. Worse when you have to buy those and then only get 7 regular home games,instead of 8…only makes sense, which means it will not happen

  37. ravensfan56 says: Feb 4, 2016 12:00 PM

    I have been to Mexico a couple times. It’s a great place to visit, eat awesome food, and explore the wonderful history and culture. The game will be 80 percent Raiders fans at least. What bothers me is that the NFL is making our beloved sport an international phenomenon. It is simply unjust. I paid for Ravens PSLs when the team first arrived in Baltimore, believing that I would be able to attend 8 home games on an annual basis. The 32 owners and Goodell are ruining the NFL, and it has become unwatchable.

  38. abninf says: Feb 4, 2016 12:03 PM

    Given the environments of Houston and Oakland, it would feel like a home game to both teams.

  39. grumpysal says: Feb 4, 2016 12:09 PM

    senatorblutarsky says:
    Feb 4, 2016 11:18 AM

    ttommytom says:
    Feb 4, 2016 11:03 AM

    Young multi millionaires partying in an unsafe 3rd world country:

    What could go wrong?
    __________________

    They’ll be surrounded by so much security that nothing will go wrong. It’s back home in their hometowns with their homies hanging all over them where they’d get into real trouble.

    Is this security provided by the NFL? The same folks who’s employees forgot to bring the footballs to an AFC playoff game this year at Foxboro…those guys? Yup, I’m sure nothing bad could happen.

  40. packer4life4ever says: Feb 4, 2016 12:21 PM

    How about LA?

  41. orcahawk says: Feb 4, 2016 12:22 PM

    Last time I visited the District Federale you could chew the air. Yes its a fun safe cultural experience too, but I think the air pollution will affect the athletes.

  42. pancaketaco says: Feb 4, 2016 12:28 PM

    Quick question. I’ll preface this with…if you believe ESPN reporting. Then…Did the NFL drop the ball on not having the Panthers play in Mexico?

    According to the four letter Panthers are Latin America’s team…

    TOUUUUUCCCCCHHHH DOOOOOOOOOOWWWWWN!

  43. steelerben says: Feb 4, 2016 12:28 PM

    NATIONAL Football League! NOT Mexican football league, British Football league or European Football League, etc.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    The National Hockey League has seven teams in Canada. The National Basketball Association has one team there and used to have two.

    The goal of the leagues are to make money, not to produce an exclusively American league.

  44. camdenyard says: Feb 4, 2016 12:42 PM

    I’ve been to Mexico City, and let me tell you, the air pollution there is incredible.

    So we are asking highly conditioned athletes to work their bodies hard in an unhealthy environment, in the name of profit.

    Yep, ole Roger really cares about player safety.

  45. mullman76 says: Feb 4, 2016 12:48 PM

    McNair is a buffoon.

    He deserves nothing.

    Enron crook.

    RAIDER NATION

  46. dawn of food says: Feb 4, 2016 12:52 PM

    So, fans pay for PSLs, cities pay for stadiums, and both get less than 8 games (for which they still have to pay for the tickets!)? Tell me again how cities rake in the revenue for these 4 hour events?

    Seriously, after the Rams, when is anyone EVER going to buy a PSL again? I wonder what creative fee they’ll find to screw their fans with next. Charging every time someone writes the team name on a facebook post?

  47. bspurloc says: Feb 4, 2016 12:56 PM

    .
    It’s ok to black out games from lack of people showing up at the stadium…
    It’s ok to black out streaming local games when the team diverts its HOME game to some other lame place…
    It’s ok to black out… if it means more money for the NFL fans/players come last

  48. vetdana says: Feb 4, 2016 12:58 PM

    Think about buying a PSL,,then buying the tickets and finding out you can now only see 6 or 7 games versus the “8”..because you have one game in London and one in Canada,,,etc…THIS STINKS !…the Greed shown by the NFL
    is maddening and is going to alienate a large number of fans who, like me, have said enough is enough !!

  49. pats777 says: Feb 4, 2016 1:00 PM

    It’s all fun and games until JJ Watt gets kidnapped by one of the Cartels.

  50. twincities90210 says: Feb 4, 2016 1:21 PM

    Seriously, why is it always the scrub teams that end up playing in London and now Mexico???

  51. bosskingnation says: Feb 4, 2016 1:26 PM

    Call it the “El Chapo Bowl” and have Sean Penn sing the national anthems and come into the booth for some commentary.

  52. mdintino1420 says: Feb 4, 2016 1:27 PM

    Take these international games and flush them down the toilet!!!! They are not needed or even wanted by most fans. It is also disgusting that the Rams have to play a “home game” in London against the NY Giants.

    SCRAP THESE INTERNATIONAL GAMES!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  53. awdlmd says: Feb 4, 2016 1:43 PM

    The Tijuana Raiders has a pretty nice ring to it.

  54. hairdownthere says: Feb 4, 2016 1:44 PM

    The game will prolly be sold out but still the Raiders should bring their tarps to thwart off the polution.

  55. damcmp says: Feb 4, 2016 2:02 PM

    Maybe it can be the Texans homecoming game and they can wear their letterman jackets!

  56. rajbais says: Feb 4, 2016 2:34 PM

    Is it me or is this another way the NFL is trying to get the Raiders a new home?

  57. dtroxallday says: Feb 4, 2016 2:39 PM

    AH! So they ARE moving to San Antonio! *rimshot*

  58. jbaxt says: Feb 4, 2016 3:00 PM

    What’s the over/under on the number of people killed getting there and back? I’ll go with 10 or more. But hey, safety is NFL’s top priority. Said no one on the NFL…

  59. icebowler says: Feb 4, 2016 3:33 PM

    Well at least it isn’t 6-8 time zones away from the USA.

  60. rpearlston says: Feb 4, 2016 4:28 PM

    That’s not exactly revolutionary. After all. last season, the Dodgers opened the season in Sydney (for whose who aren’t well versed in geography, that’s in Australia.)

  61. feadshipman says: Feb 5, 2016 7:06 AM

    The Oakland Colosseum may be old and dilapidated but it does have the BEST stadium food in the country. And there is a certain ambiance about the place, maybe it’s the ghost of Al Davis running around the place? And this is coming from a 50 year Dolphins fan! I loved watching the Oakland A’s there when I lived in NorCal.

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