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Pollution a concern for NFL game in China

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The NFL wants to play a regular-season game in China. The league may have to wait until the league develops a uniform that includes scuba gear.

According to Daniel Kaplan of SportsBusiness Journal, pollution remains an impediment to scheduling the game — and the NFL has yet to come up with a solution.

Reports emerged in 2016 that the NFL plans to stage a Chinese regular-season game in 2018. Since then, the NFL has made no specific announcements in this regard.

As Kaplan notes, China likely won’t shut down coal plants and seed clouds like it did before the 2008 Olympics to accommodate an NFL game. Which could be a problem for players who are, you know, inhaling the air in order to provide oxygenated blood to their muscles.

NFL executive V.P. Mark Waller told Kaplan that a decision on a 2018 game in China may not come until the owners meet in May 2017.

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31 Responses to “Pollution a concern for NFL game in China”
  1. abninf says: Feb 15, 2017 12:40 PM

    Communism-good. A state that won’t let men use girls restrooms-bad.

  2. cardiovascularendurance says: Feb 15, 2017 12:41 PM

    But not in L.A.?

  3. kaferwerks says: Feb 15, 2017 12:44 PM

    NO. NO. NO.

  4. tinkletinkleonyourstar says: Feb 15, 2017 12:45 PM

    What a joke! The NFL wants to pull its activities, to the extent that it can, out of places like North Carolina that want to make a man use the men’s room. And yet to make a buck they will have a game played in a country with an absolutely horrible record for human rights violations.

  5. kjdoyle58 says: Feb 15, 2017 12:48 PM

    So, I give the NFL a few more years before the disbanding of the EPA make most of the US look like China. Enjoy it while it lasts.

  6. bsizemore68 says: Feb 15, 2017 12:49 PM

    The greed of the NFL is out of control. I hope the players show up sick. Bill

  7. screamingyellowzonkers says: Feb 15, 2017 12:55 PM


    I thought it was only the U.S. that was an evil polluter?

    Where is ALGORE when you need him?

  8. reptar310 says: Feb 15, 2017 12:57 PM

    Personally I think Mexico City is a much more viable option than London or China. There’s a giant untapped market South of the border whose only option is futbol and baseball.

  9. citizenstrange says: Feb 15, 2017 1:05 PM

    “It’s what the fans want.” — R. Goodell

  10. artvan15 says: Feb 15, 2017 1:06 PM

    NFL won’t care who sucks in what type of air as long as the money is right!!!

  11. granadafan says: Feb 15, 2017 1:10 PM

    The dirty air in Beijing is what we can look forward to when there are no longer and laws controlling the amounts of pollutants in the air. Trump, under Republican pressure, is going to try to kill the EPA. For some reason the conservatives hate the EPA and rules to protect the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat, or the ground we stand on. The oil and energy companies have done a great lobbying job of getting conservatives to hate the EPA under the guise of “jobs”.

    Cue the thumbs down from the mass of conservatives on PFT.

  12. bobthebillsfan says: Feb 15, 2017 1:13 PM

    Can’t wait for all the comments on this one.

  13. jonathankrobinson424 says: Feb 15, 2017 1:13 PM

    ……the NFL will be gone from the United States landscape within the next 10 years………hopefully a NEW league will be formed that won’t piss-off their loyal fan base….

  14. jjackwagon says: Feb 15, 2017 1:16 PM

    If I were an NFL player, I think I would be too sick to make that trip.
    Will the NFL authorize them to wear some sort of breathing apparatus on the field?

  15. sn19 says: Feb 15, 2017 1:17 PM

    Let’s not kid ourselves. If the NFL stands to make $0.10 on this trip, they will schedule the game.

  16. eaglesw00t says: Feb 15, 2017 1:25 PM

    Free Tibet.

    Way to stand up for your morals NFL.

  17. davew128 says: Feb 15, 2017 1:25 PM

    reptar310 says:
    Feb 15, 2017 12:57 PM
    Personally I think Mexico City is a much more viable option than London or China.
    The air quality in Mexico City isn’t any better than Beijing…

  18. dynastyfootballforme says: Feb 15, 2017 1:27 PM

    Money talks, Roger balks.

  19. tajuara says: Feb 15, 2017 1:35 PM

    Let’s be real, this is not about promoting the game in England, China, Mexico, or any other place for that matter, this is about the NFL literally trying to kidnap our Sundays with advertising and a little football in between. What time do you time that the game will be in China? Probably really early, then the NFL will have a game in London, and then the regular games. This basically means football from early morning to almost midnight. Then King Roger in his Ivory Tower is wondering, why are ratings down?

  20. whatevnfl says: Feb 15, 2017 1:53 PM

    At this rate, they might have to start testing players with a wall climbing drill at the combine.

  21. TheAfterParty says: Feb 15, 2017 2:05 PM

    “Pollution a concern for NFL game in China”

    Then how about not having a game there?

  22. factschecker says: Feb 15, 2017 2:07 PM

    Cue the thumbs down from the mass of conservatives on PFT.
    Many mass conservatives think it’s our land to ruin in the name of quick profit. And that when we go too far and the crap hits the fan God will show up and save them. (Not save everyone. Just save them.)

    And this view point is taken very seriously politically. No No I’m not kidding. About 1/3 of Americans strongly believe this POV.

  23. dietrich43 says: Feb 15, 2017 2:27 PM

    What a bunch of wimps! Back in the day, the need for water or air was recognized as a sign of weakness!

  24. clayjtitan66 says: Feb 15, 2017 2:33 PM

    Soon to be a problem in LA and other US cities.

  25. flexx91 says: Feb 15, 2017 2:51 PM

    I would love to see the injury report the week leading up to that game….

  26. pftreader69 says: Feb 15, 2017 3:04 PM

    Forget air quality, just the long trip will take some down time to recover. Huge handicap for whoever gets sucked into going.

  27. realfootballfan says: Feb 15, 2017 3:07 PM

    Ah, if only we could have China’s environmental policies with all those factories paying $3.00 an hour. America will be great again.

  28. lewsblues says: Feb 15, 2017 3:10 PM

    don’t go …. let ’em watch it on TV ….

  29. oldtrix says: Feb 15, 2017 3:17 PM

    If you can look past the hypocrisy of promoting a game in a country with one of the most brutal human rights abuse records, I would suggest a fully enclosed bubble dome, complete with positive air pressure, HEPA and electrostatic air purification. The airlocks could do double duty as weapons scanners! think of the efficiencies!

    Yes, a bubble. Goodell would feel right at home inside it.

  30. ksiner says: Feb 15, 2017 3:52 PM

    And republicans want to get rid of the EPA here in this country. Can’t wait to see NFL games here in the US postponed or cancelled due to air quality

  31. kmartin173 says: Feb 16, 2017 10:06 AM

    China? Its no wonder you’re losing viewers, the NFL is run by politically correct hypocrites.

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