NFL’S 2018 international slate coming Thursday

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The NFL is set to announce its schedule of international games tomorrow, and there’s a suggestion from overseas about who might make that list.

Via Gregg Bell of the Tacoma News Tribune, the Seahawks are one of six teams to not make that trip before, and officials there were trying to reel them in.

NFL UK managing director Alistair Kirkwood told ESPN in October: “We have a desire to get the other six teams that haven’t been over.”

“It’s not the be-all and end-all, but you’d kind of like to get closer and closer to having all 32 teams over,” he said. “That seems like a really nice narrative. . . . That’s probably a really nice ambition.”

In addition to the Seahawks, the Packers, Eagles, Panthers, Texans and Titans haven’t made the trip.

And if the foreign powers want to check off as many boxes as possible, the schedule offers some options. With the schedule rotations announced, there are seven games next year which include two of the teams: Seattle at Carolina, Green Bay at Seattle, Carolina at Philadelphia, Philadelphia at Tennessee, Houston at Philadelphia, and the two Texans-Titans games.

The Raiders have been mentioned as a London possibility as well (they have a home game with the Seahawks scheduled), and there are reports that the Chiefs and Rams are playing in Mexico.

25 responses to “NFL’S 2018 international slate coming Thursday

  1. In order to get this stopped, fans need to boycott watching those games. Whether its your team or not playing, boycott it. Don’t watch it, go about your normal sunday. In fact, treat it like a BYE week and take the entire weekend to do yard work and get your life in order. Then maybe, just maybe, the NFL will stop with this mess

  2. Steelers at Raiders at Mexico City.

    Two of the biggest brands of NFL are Steelers and Raiders….and Cowboys…because it was the mid 70s when NFL was regularly beamed into Mexico.

    Dan Rooney always wanted to play a game in Ireland, too.

  3. The sooner you realize the NFL doesn’t exist for its fans, the easier all this will be for you.

    The fans are the product, the advertisers are the customers, and the games/players are there to maintain the product.

    One can make a STRONG argument that the league isn’t taking care of its product but that’s not the point here. The advertisers are happy as a clam that the league plays these games in other countries every year and it will stay that way until their product (us) tunes out.

  4. An NFL team in London would never work. Stop forcing it! Mark Cuban was right…..these owners are going to kill the league from the inside out.

  5. Here come the people who don’t attend games complaining about where the games are played. Please explain why this bothers you if you are watching the games on television. It shouldn’t mean anything to you.

  6. I’ve been to all but two of these games. They were all sell outs except the Tampa Bears game because the lockout meant the game was announced late. I accept we’re very lucky to get these games and I wouldn’t want my team to give up a home game. Outside the US there are a lot of fans. The game is huge in Germany too, where they could easily sell out the same number of games as in London. Ultimately an extra game in the schedule in place of a pre season game could mean that there are 16 International games each year across multiple sites might be a better option so no team has to give up home games.

  7. Just keep up this playing out of the country when almost all fans are against it and you will continue to loose fans and your ratings will tank. The NFL is slowly dying and the powers that be just keep doing things to P—-them off more.
    Most fans do not want expansion, more playoff teams, Thursday games, games out of the country, thinks games are too long, too many commercials. Its all about the money. Wait until its gone!

  8. cardinealsfan20 says:
    January 10, 2018 at 9:20 am
    Here come the people who don’t attend games complaining about where the games are played. Please explain why this bothers you if you are watching the games on television. It shouldn’t mean anything to you.
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    Plus unless the TV “boycott!” people are part of the Nielsen Rating audience, nobody is tracking what they are or are not watching anyway. There seem to be more and more nobody’s that don’t understand they are a nobody these days. I’m a nobody. I can’t dictate change. Nobody is tracking what I’m watching or not watching.

  9. How exactly is this reducing TV ratings? If anything you’d have thought it’d increase them from overseas fans and by creating more fans outside the US. US based fans will still watch if they’re heavily invested in their team, and if they’re not, then it’s no real loss anyway.

    I bet the people against the international series or and international team would be the first people to argue when someone points out you can’t be a world champion if you’re a national-based sport too.

    The world is getting smaller, people from different countries want a product and the league is making more money by providing an in demand service. Viewing figures are declining in the US so of course the league will look to make up that loss elsewhere

  10. My first time since college I missed kickoff, however, because it was at 7:30 in the freakin’ morning and not because we were at an after bar party super late

  11. tomthebombtracy says:

    January 10, 2018 at 8:33 am

    Steelers at Raiders at Mexico City.

    Two of the biggest brands of NFL are Steelers and Raiders….and Cowboys…because it was the mid 70s when NFL was regularly beamed into Mexico.

    Dan Rooney always wanted to play a game in Ireland, too.

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    Niners are the biggest draw in Mexico City.

  12. Well, it’s only fair that each team gets an opportunity to protest against the United States on foreign soil. It’s what the NFL wants and supports or they would have already stopped it.

  13. @cardinealsfan20 says:

    Here come the people who don’t attend games complaining about where the games are played. Please explain why this bothers you if you are watching the games on television. It shouldn’t mean anything to you.
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    I’ve been to many, many games over the years, almost at least 1 per season both in Dallas or travel to other cities. London games bother me because there’s 65K – 75K fans in the US that won’t get to attend a game. Also, the broadcast times at 8:30 am is ridiculous. I generally watch NFL football Sunday from noon – 10:30pm; Monday night and Thursday night. Europe games add 3 more hours. Maybe I need to cutback on NFL football.

  14. “An NFL team in London would never work.”

    Of course it would. Its barely a longer flight to London as it is east coast to west coast. Schedule the bye the week after for any team traveling to play there. The London team has to grin and bear it.

    And were I a young, wealthy NFL player and the choice was London, one of the most exciting cities in the world, or places like Cleveland, Minny, Cinci or several of the other NFL cities I’d take London all day long. The fans there are fantastic and a team would do very well there.

  15. @TheGuru – If you will notice the question was posed to those who DO NOT attend games. Since you do occasionally attend, feel free to be bothered. Nevertheless, being bothered about 65K-75K people you do not know who may not get to attend is simply ridiculous. Their non-opportunity to attend does not effect you in any way.

    Besides, aren’t you complainers constantly telling us about half empty stadiums? 65K-75K fills up most stadiums. You’re contradicting yourself.

  16. Who cares? I hate the international games. I watched maybe five minutes of one or two of them before. I don’t like the feel of the game. And my first thought was the same as the first posters; another reason ratings are down. I also hate all the fines for penalties. Just absolutely ridiculous and makes me hate football and the NFL. Hearing about football players getting fined $10,000 for a horse collar tackle or face mask is absolutely nuts. The fines started with head to head hits but now that get fined for all kinds of crap. Players grab other players in odd places by accident when making a tackle sometimes…FINE! Rant over.

  17. tinye67 says:
    January 10, 2018 at 9:01 am
    They would never send the Packers or Seahawks….the darlings of the NFL.

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    Oh they’ll send them over the pond, for a road game of course.

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