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Report: NFL could play a game in China in 2018

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The Raiders and Texans will face off in Mexico City next season, expanding the league’s international slate of games beyond the now-routine set of London contests.

The next addition to the schedule could have teams traveling much further to play a game. Alex Marvez of FOX Sports reports that the league could play a game in China during the 2018 season.

Marvez adds that a handful of teams have already expressed interest in playing a game in Asia, which doesn’t come as much surprise. China is a massive market that represents an area where both the league and individual teams can grow interest and sell merchandise that would continue to grow revenue.

There are no details about where a game might be played, although the Olympic Stadium built for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing would probably be a good guess about a location.

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85 Responses to “Report: NFL could play a game in China in 2018”
  1. laces out says: Mar 21, 2016 10:59 AM

    the Broncos would have an advantage. They’re used to playing in a location where the air gets hard to breathe.

  2. nhpats says: Mar 21, 2016 11:00 AM

    What the heck is wrong with these guys?

  3. gr365 says: Mar 21, 2016 11:00 AM

    Another stupid idea! Must be Goodell’s.

  4. pastanow says: Mar 21, 2016 11:01 AM

    Well more jobs are being outsourced. Gotta love the NFL.

  5. Rdog says: Mar 21, 2016 11:01 AM

    Wow. I can’t imagine Chinese people liking football. It seems to be something that wouldn’t fit with that culture.

  6. filmex2000 says: Mar 21, 2016 11:01 AM

    In that the league doesn’t care about the players or the fans, and only cares about exploiting the league to squeeze out every potential dollar in every world corner, regardless of how little sense their plans make…

    …on to Australia !

  7. vikingforlife says: Mar 21, 2016 11:02 AM

    What’s next, Roger, the moon??

  8. iamkillerfin says: Mar 21, 2016 11:04 AM

    STOP SENDING TEAMS TO FOREIGN COUNTRIES!!! AMERICAN FOOTBALL NEEDS TO STAY IN AMERICA!!! Make a world league if you want to promote football elsewhere!!!

  9. rutchaser says: Mar 21, 2016 11:04 AM

    Please stop with this crap. Play the games here. It’s America’s game and you are forgetting the fans here are what makes this game go with all the money they spend so stop sending it elsewhere. I love watching football but I hate what the NFL is turning into.

  10. farfig says: Mar 21, 2016 11:07 AM

    NFL…Just stop it with this international Bullchit…..

    Fans don’t want it, the players certainly don’t want it…

    Greedy owners – already richer than God are the only ones who want it – and they want it all at the expense of the fans and players….

  11. nflpoker says: Mar 21, 2016 11:08 AM

    So when the ref says “holding” over his mic, will he do it in Chinese, or will all the officials be Chinese??

  12. SparkyGump says: Mar 21, 2016 11:09 AM

    Will the players and coaches allowed to wear respirators and bring their own water?

  13. nflpoker says: Mar 21, 2016 11:09 AM

    I don’t have a yen for it.

  14. hahalolrofl says: Mar 21, 2016 11:10 AM

    Gooddell and these crooks hungry for money.

    More and more Cuban seems dead on.

  15. dougchillin says: Mar 21, 2016 11:12 AM

    So dumb

  16. theauger says: Mar 21, 2016 11:13 AM

    While I am not a fan of exporting games to foreign countries, it makes perfect sense for the NFL & their players to do so.

  17. jd7920 says: Mar 21, 2016 11:14 AM

    Another stupid idea from a stupid Roger Goodell. No worries about the players, coaches, or fans, right Roger? Just in it to pad the pockets of the owners and yourself. Typical self-serving idea and get-richer idea from the multi-millionaires and billionaires!

  18. warrensip says: Mar 21, 2016 11:14 AM

    The NFL would play in North Korea if there was a buck in it.

  19. doe22us says: Mar 21, 2016 11:15 AM

    I am not one of the advocates of its American but it has to stay here, fact of the matter is that, the NFL will never be as popular as soccer nor basketball. That is fact. Its sought of desperate and comical when they force feed these games to an international audience. They have TV’s too smh.

  20. pedmeg says: Mar 21, 2016 11:17 AM

    laces out says:
    Mar 21, 2016 10:59 AM

    the Broncos would have an advantage. They’re used to playing in a location where the air gets hard to breathe.
    ======================================

    You sir have won the interwebs for the day – take the remainder of the day off. Well done.

  21. rexdarteskimospy says: Mar 21, 2016 11:19 AM

    Now we’re talking about putting a game in a location that crosses the International Date Line while traveling. This is asking way too much of players to adjust to the time change in order to prep for a game. It’s completely unrealistic to expect players to play their best on a football field when they lose an entire day while traveling.

  22. dapollock69 says: Mar 21, 2016 11:19 AM

    An hour after the game is played, will we have the hunger to watch another one?

  23. mdintino1420 says: Mar 21, 2016 11:25 AM

    Take these international games and flush them down the toilet!! It sickens me that the Rams are going to lose a home game the next three years due to playing overseas.

    Playing in other countries is not necessary. The league should be focused on helping teams like the Raiders get a new stadium, or expanding to STL where they just lost a team.

  24. fjbuon says: Mar 21, 2016 11:25 AM

    Please, for the love of God, MAKE IT STOP!!!

  25. jonathankrobinson424 says: Mar 21, 2016 11:26 AM

    …..at this point the NFL has lost me as a PAYING consumer. …..I will watch the games if there on my TV but I wont support them if I have reach into my pocket. I’LL live with my memrobila I bought in the 70’s..80’s…90’s and early part of the 2000. IF they need more $$$$ guess ya go overseas or attract the younger fan base. Oh well….

  26. r8danation says: Mar 21, 2016 11:27 AM

    What’s Next…. North Korea?

  27. jag1959 says: Mar 21, 2016 11:27 AM

    Just think about the size of that market and imagine all the Goodell jerseys they could sell!

  28. skunkb3ar says: Mar 21, 2016 11:27 AM

    STOP THIS NONSENSE!

  29. charger383 says: Mar 21, 2016 11:30 AM

    itis OK if they leave Goodell in China

  30. toybkshr says: Mar 21, 2016 11:34 AM

    I agree the NFL is the personification of greed. But, like all corporate entities there is pressure to grow revenue.

    But, another thing to consider, in my working days I traveled to Hong Kong twice a year, and I can tell you that those damn boring Cricket matches would make an NFL game an exciting break for a lot of people.

  31. lenthevikesfan says: Mar 21, 2016 11:35 AM

    Here we go again pandering to the next big marketing demographic? Also, wasn’t the NFL just threatening to take away a Super Bowl because of a possible law that would allow discrimination? And week later there’s talk of doing business with the Chinese government?

  32. abninf says: Mar 21, 2016 11:35 AM

    I’m sure the local businesses of the cities that will lose a home game will be glad to lose more revenue to China.

    The NFL needs to take a lesson from NASCAR.

  33. streetyson says: Mar 21, 2016 11:36 AM

    There’s a big barrier to playing in China, like some virtual great wall…

  34. pats are better than your team says: Mar 21, 2016 11:37 AM

    NO

  35. dasmol says: Mar 21, 2016 11:38 AM

    Is this April Fool’s day come early, or is the NFL actually serious about a game in China?

    This is just getting ridiculous.

  36. abninf says: Mar 21, 2016 11:38 AM

    So they may boycott a state if the state wants to protect religious beliefs, but they want to do business with communists who imprison and execute political dissidents and tell couples how many children they’re allowed to have.

  37. zaphod424242 says: Mar 21, 2016 11:40 AM

    There’s a history of the game in Japan; thought they’d go there first. Better air too.

  38. topdennycooks says: Mar 21, 2016 11:40 AM

    Not going to give Atlanta a Super Bowl because of an anti-gay law possibly being signed in Georgia, and then talk about playing games in China. Would love to hear their train of thought on this one.

  39. nflpoker says: Mar 21, 2016 11:41 AM

    Before you know it, the NFL will have franchises all over the world, but none in the United States.

    And us Americans will say:

    “What was that game we use to watch every Sunday afternoon? Cuban what was it? Please tell us!!”

  40. bornahawker says: Mar 21, 2016 11:47 AM

    NFL is quickly becoming a joke. Greedy Bastards.

  41. huggybear2014 says: Mar 21, 2016 11:48 AM

    China the social and economic role model of the Progressive totalitarian movement.

  42. feckyerlife says: Mar 21, 2016 11:49 AM

    I thought this the National Football league, Not the World Football League

  43. magnusthe1st says: Mar 21, 2016 11:50 AM

    No.

  44. possumsauce says: Mar 21, 2016 11:51 AM

    Dear god, please don’t send the Pack, Lacy will come back weighing 450…

  45. streetyson says: Mar 21, 2016 11:53 AM

    A lot of the kits and almost all the merchandise and surface pros are all made over there anyways, so its getting to the point where it’d just be easier to send the players (or at least the Commissioner’s office) over there instead of shipping all that crap here.

  46. puckskin says: Mar 21, 2016 11:57 AM

    NFL in space…. NFL 20,000 leagues under the sea… NFL in Antarctica, oh the possibilities are endless! Yippee!!!

  47. puckskin says: Mar 21, 2016 11:59 AM

    Goodell is a communist dictator, so this makes perfect sense!

  48. chicagobtech says: Mar 21, 2016 12:01 PM

    And the Internet demonstrates again how easy it is for small-minded people to peck away at their keyboards, to string together major indignation for what amounts to a fart in the wind.

    Businesses grow, at some point that means to expand the customer base. If a market gets saturated then it’s time to add new markets. Good businesses do this, bad businesses don’t.

  49. boogerhut says: Mar 21, 2016 12:05 PM

    China just wants a closer look at the business so they can counterfeit it.

  50. harrisonhits2 says: Mar 21, 2016 12:09 PM

    I’m all for Europe having travelled there many times and have no problem with the flights. Especially since the players are flying private charters in first class.

    But China. No. Have been there too and it is a much longer flight and much more difficult to get anything done. The Chinese will promise anything to get you there and then what they actually deliver is substandard and you can’t do much about it.

  51. buffalostarwarsfan says: Mar 21, 2016 12:14 PM

    Can’t wait to have one of the Bills home games shipped to China while I pay full price for my two awesome pre-season games!!! WoooO!

  52. samoanjungle says: Mar 21, 2016 12:14 PM

    They aren’t going to sell merchandise over there – they already have all of the knockoffs, they aren’t going to pay 10-20 times more when they make like $2/hr

  53. chriskap11 says: Mar 21, 2016 12:14 PM

    Money hungry NFL! Why go to a country which doesn’t recognize human rights! Crazy

  54. tindeaux says: Mar 21, 2016 12:16 PM

    this has no other purpose than marketing. what do you expect? we all want to make money. what are you complaining about?

  55. buffalostarwarsfan says: Mar 21, 2016 12:16 PM

    chicagobtech says:
    Mar 21, 2016 12:01 PM
    And the Internet demonstrates again how easy it is for small-minded people to peck away at their keyboards, to string together major indignation for what amounts to a fart in the wind.

    Businesses grow, at some point that means to expand the customer base. If a market gets saturated then it’s time to add new markets. Good businesses do this, bad businesses don’t.

    ——-

    Don’t act as if football is like any other business. When “expanding their customer base” comes at the (literal, in the case of season ticket holders) expense of the existing customer base, there is going to be backlash. The product in the NFL’s case is a limited quantity, they aren’t stepping up production.

  56. tommyribs says: Mar 21, 2016 12:16 PM

    Just because you CAN do something does not mean that you SHOULD so it.

    Goodell, please, please, please stop this nonsense.

    And if we do play in China, Roger, when you go over, can you please not come back?

  57. nolahxc says: Mar 21, 2016 12:17 PM

    Go home Goodell, you’re drunk.

  58. archer454 says: Mar 21, 2016 12:31 PM

    actually its a great idea. massive market, the chinese love foreign sports, and it opens doors for healthy political relationships. i think most of the comments are based on ignorant ideas and the lack of knowledge about the country and its people. most are confusing the chinese people with the government’s politics… two completely separate entities.

  59. cacheesehead1237 says: Mar 21, 2016 12:31 PM

    The pollution and horrible air quality would be a major deterrent

  60. clssylssy says: Mar 21, 2016 12:37 PM

    First London,Mexico, now China & Germany…meanwhile American’s who have supported franchises year-after-year can’t afford to take their families to games because of the ever increasing cost of tickets, concession,etc. First Obama sells out our children’s future to the Chinese now Goodell is selling out the game of football and until fans draw a line in the sand by saying “no more” and the NFLPA says the union won’t allow use of it’s players (safety issues and travel not on their best interest), we , as fans can expect to pay the freight for this buffoon’s manical whims.

  61. hyprcaffeinated says: Mar 21, 2016 12:38 PM

    Next up, a 2028 game on Mars.

  62. willycents says: Mar 21, 2016 12:45 PM

    One positive thing about all this, the Chinese do not have any social media: Faceplant, Chatbook, Snaplips, Twitspace, Mylooselips, etc, are all banned in China, Imagine thep peace and quiet from the players from two teams not able to make stupid posts for a week. That is a benefit that might make it worth it.

  63. tmcb7 says: Mar 21, 2016 12:52 PM

    Ahhhh the almighty dollar. It blinds Roger Goodell to not see anything that might offend a fan of a team. Why not play an NFL game on the moon? seem unreasonable?

  64. tmcb7 says: Mar 21, 2016 12:57 PM

    It would be one thing if all this money that NFL makes on playing games in London, Mexico, China and where ever the next one’s will be… IF that money would be dispersed to each team to bring down ticket costs, concessions and parking… but they do not! Those prices continue to rise and have began pricing out the average person.
    When is enough, enough? When the american fans begin to not support a league because of nonsense like this.

  65. jonathankrobinson424 says: Mar 21, 2016 1:02 PM

    ……correct me if I’m wrong …but didnt the NFL try this already and world lost intrest after 2 years…Frankfurt Galaxy. ..London Monarchs….Amersterdamn Admirals….Barcalona Dragons…..are the NFL owners that old they all are senile?

  66. cheapseater says: Mar 21, 2016 1:06 PM

    Too bad 8 years is the lifespan of a building in China. They’ll have to construct a new stadium if they want to play there…

  67. lambeaudungbarn says: Mar 21, 2016 1:10 PM

    Sure, then we will have cheap copies of teams playing over here, with no regard for Trademarks!

  68. pfatl says: Mar 21, 2016 1:12 PM

    I don’t understand how the NFL proposes to deal with the time change. First there’s the issue of the two teams acclimating to a 12 hour time change (and then re-acclimating on the way home). Then there’s scheduling the game. What, are they going to play at 4am east coast time? Why put a game somewhere to get an audience who has never demonstrated serious interest only to have the players jetlagged and playing at a time the actual fan base is not interested in watching.

  69. jucam1 says: Mar 21, 2016 1:16 PM

    I like it when people go on here and say things like “its the fans that pay for the team’s and players salaries”… First no one cares about the fans that go to the stadium. Ticket sales revenue is peanuts compared to TV tights and merchandise. Second, you aren’t going to stop watching football on TV. You just aren’t. Which leads to the last point. They are going to take this game to ALL massive TV markets globally. China, Britain, Mexico, watch Brazil and India be next. Probably Japan too. TV ratings and the ad millions they generate is ALL that matters to these guys. Its just the way if the world now

  70. paulrevereshorse1775 says: Mar 21, 2016 1:24 PM

    I guess I have to start thinking of myself as an NFL customer that roots for the Patriots. I think the term ‘fan’ has gone by the wayside.

    The NFL calls us ‘fans’ because that is what they want us to think we are, but the fact is they only look at us as customers.

  71. edelmanfanclub says: Mar 21, 2016 1:25 PM

    Just stop.

  72. zvikes says: Mar 21, 2016 1:29 PM

    Got to be the Rams, right? No stadium yet, shorter distance for them, and their owner is as greedy as they come.

  73. shadowman1433 says: Mar 21, 2016 1:30 PM

    The NFL threatens not to play the Super Bowl in Georgia but they want to play a game in China? That make a lot of sense.

  74. margoadams says: Mar 21, 2016 1:32 PM

    Another middle finger to the fans & stadium workers in NFL cities who helped make the NFL relevant.

  75. h0c2000 says: Mar 21, 2016 1:47 PM

    Maybe he should bring the NFL to places in the US, like Cleveland.

  76. gromit45 says: Mar 21, 2016 2:19 PM

    Aren’t we first going to need to invent a teleporter or a tardis or discover space-time wormholes before we start preparing for games on the other side of the globe?

  77. azvato says: Mar 21, 2016 2:34 PM

    Another sign that the apocalypse is near!

  78. wallabear says: Mar 21, 2016 2:54 PM

    As an off-season exhibition game perhaps, but not during the regular season (i.e., 26-hour flight, jet lag etc.) — unless they intend to fly directly over the North Pole to get there lol

  79. harveyredman says: Mar 21, 2016 3:02 PM

    abninf says:
    Mar 21, 2016 11:35 AM
    “………

    The NFL needs to take a lesson from NASCAR.”
    _______________________________________

    Apples to Oranges. The world tunes into the SB and the game is beloved outside the USA.

    NASCAR is Murican. No one outside of the States gives one or two hoots to see cars driving in an oval over and over again. Plus the fact the world has Formula 1. It’s a more popular sport and the cars are faster, the drivers are more skilled and they actually turn right AND left.

  80. rcali says: Mar 21, 2016 4:01 PM

    China? Why stop there, just head right to North Korea!

  81. rcali says: Mar 21, 2016 4:09 PM

    Will the coaches still be allowed to call their own plays or will the Chinese government take that over?

  82. buffalostarwarsfan says: Mar 21, 2016 5:25 PM

    harveyredman says:
    Mar 21, 2016 3:02 PM

    Apples to Oranges. The world tunes into the SB and the game is beloved outside the USA.

    ——

    The world tunes in? 60 million international viewers (out of nearly 7 billion people) watched the Super Bowl two years ago. 100 million US viewers (out of 320 million people) watched the same game.

  83. boltergeist19 says: Mar 21, 2016 10:45 PM

    Who really care other then money bags Goodell. Stop trying to expand to bad countries. What’s next Cuba, or how bout Syria. Wow you are bored in your office. Counting all your pop warner trophies gets old quick huh?

  84. jonirocit says: Mar 22, 2016 10:03 AM

    Maybe they are going to do it then donate the revenue to feed homeless American children or not ….I do love how everyone shouts MERICA over something like this yet if they were in the same position they would look for any possible way to increase their brand …..

  85. pfatl says: Mar 23, 2016 10:49 AM

    wallabear says:
    Mar 21, 2016 2:54 PM
    As an off-season exhibition game perhaps, but not during the regular season (i.e., 26-hour flight, jet lag etc.) — unless they intend to fly directly over the North Pole to get there lol
    ———————————

    You know that’s how flights from New York, Chicago etc. get there right?

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