Spanish report: NFL ready to put five regular season games in Mexico

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The NFL has talked about the possibility of taking games to Mexico again, and it appears organizers there think they’re close to landing a handful of them.

According to a report from the Spanish news organization AS.com, an NFL official said Mexico will host five regular season games, one per season, from 2017 or 2018.

The report lacks a lot of specifics, and focuses on the fact Mexican officials have secured enough sponsorship money to satisfy the league’s demands.

“We’re taking steps in the right direction so that eventually, this platform [of sponsors] which we have reconstructed will enable us to talk directly to the NFL in New York about the possibility of staging games in Mexico” NFL Mexico director Arturo Olivé said.

Olivé offered no specifics about which stadiums the games would be played in, but said the league has already approved the series of games, adding: “It will be for five games, not three as originally proposed.”

That’s an ambitious plan, fitting with the league’s efforts at expanding into Germany and Brazil as well.

43 responses to “Spanish report: NFL ready to put five regular season games in Mexico

  1. Owners wonder why people do not want to buy into season tickets anymore. You keep taking away the “home” games from the fans, they (like I do) would rather sit at home and watch from there.

  2. Where is Kraft? He usually supports these stupid ideas but all of a sudden he’s speechless. I guess brown-nosing Goodell didn’t work out too good for him in the past lol

  3. Owners wouldn’t do anything to their money at risk. Clearly season ticket holders and people who go to the games has decreased. Got to find new fans and new money. It’s not about America or Americas people anymore, it’s about the money. Murrrica!

  4. Is this the National Football League, or the International Football League?

    I prefer the National Football League.

  5. Stop it! This is getting out of hand. First London, then forcing teams that want to host the SB to give up some games,then sending a DIVISION RIVALRY game this year, and now Mexico. The greed is getting out of hand. I understand wanting to make money but at what cost? Everything associated with an NFL game is already overpriced. Tickets, parking, concessions, etc if the NFL could figure out a way to charge for air consumption at the games I’m sure they would do it. How much profit us enough? These little money-making schemes are destroying fan interest. Home field advantages are being given away. Send PRESEASON games or the pro bowl to international venues but leave the regular season and playoffs alone.

  6. I think the Texans would jump at this. Mexico is a huge market, and the Texans might be able to get out from the Cowboys shadow down there.

  7. Gotta grow the game! Constantly looking for ways to expand into under served foreign markets, London, Canada, Germany, Brazil, Mexico, LA…

  8. Somewhere Mark Cuban is being rushed to the hospital due to laughing so hard he coughed up a lung.

  9. I’m a firm believer that the NFL’s talk of playing 18 games is actually part of a concerted effort to get the players to agree to 17, so every team would be playing one game at a neutral venue outside the US per year.Then again, maybe that’s too fair and makes to much sense for Goodell to go for it.

  10. I’m totally fine with this, or at least, I don’t think this is comparable to London. Mexico is incredibly close, and in the NFL time zones. Let’s keep in mind that there are and have been multiple NBA/MLB teams in Canada and they play a lot more, so I’m all for this.

    That is, if the tean’s heading south of the border compensate their season ticket holders in some way…

  11. Hey when you own a team you can run it like you want, but these owners are business owners and out for profit. No different from any other business.

  12. vikings797 says:
    Aug 7, 2015 9:02 AM
    I just don’t understand it. Why keep taking away teams home games? Just plain stupid in my opinion.
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    It’s pretty simple – the NFL just want to maximize revenues through taking the game global. International television audience ratings plus the sale of NFL products, offers greater long term revenue stream.
    Goodell and the owners are totally focused on revenue growth and they will gladly accept euros, pesos, pounds, baht, drachmas, yen as well as dollars.

  13. It’s interesting that we are forced to foot the billion dollar tab on local stadiums to help bring our cities revenue yet we are excited to play international games that don’t benefit us at all.

  14. It’s pretty simple – the NFL just want to maximize revenues through taking the game global. International television audience ratings plus the sale of NFL products, offers greater long term revenue stream.
    Goodell and the owners are totally focused on revenue growth and they will gladly accept euros, pesos, pounds, baht, drachmas, yen as well as dollars.
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    Which is one of the leagues responsibilities under the CBA. The NFLPA has at least once in the past sued over that point. More revenue equals higher cap which equals more money for the players.

  15. Goodell and the owners are totally focused on revenue growth
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    Once again NFL greed prioritized over the loyal, local fans

  16. So increase playing overseas, yet still threaten to move teams to other cities and fight for the local tax dollars to build the stadiums…the stadiums that will now only be playing 7 games a year in or maybe less. Yikes

  17. Regular Season home games are so valuable in terms of a team making the Playoffs that it’s a CRIME to screw some teams out of 1/8th of their home games in order to send a game outside of the nation. If Roger and his crew want to do this so bad, then they need to have 16 games abroad, one off EACH teams home schedule.

  18. What’s the big deal?

    The NFL has pretty much maximized the game in North America.

    The NBA plays games in China, the UK, and other locations, and nobody notices.

    MLB opens its season in Japan, and nobody says boo.

    Roger’s job is to grow the game, and to make money.

    He’s doing both things rather well, and he isn’t going anywhere..

    Grow the brand, make more cash, more eyeballs on the games. Simple when you think about it.

  19. If Roger and his crew want to do this so bad, then they need to have 16 games abroad, one off EACH teams home schedule.
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    That’s because Goodell/NFL are all about unfairly treating certain teams differently than others SMH

  20. The NFL is trying something new to appeal to a larger worldwide audience thus increasing the value of the league and it’s value to advertisers.

    Let me break it down. You will bitch, but you will watch your team play. The team, will now have international sponsors and can charge more for the rights to air the games because it’s got a much larger audience. The owners get paid to not have to deal with maintenance, concession stands, parking, etc.

    As for anger season ticket holders, that only matters if you’re not selling out every game. For teams that sell out, ever single game, it doesn’t mater to owners how many season ticket holders you have. Season ticket holders pay in advance, so you will have that money, but unless the owner is broke, it doesn’t matter when you get that money, because you will get it.

    The NFL is trying something new. If you don’t like it, don’t watch and the NFL won’t do it. But you’re still going to watch aren’t you?

  21. Wouldn’t it make sense to wait to find out if they can attract Mexican/Americans to games in LA first? They have failed to do that in San Diego. If they cannot establish a strong Mexican/American fan base in Southern California or West Texas, they are wasting their time and money to try to sell tickets in Mexico itself.

  22. “What’s the big deal?

    The NFL has pretty much maximized the game in North America.

    The NBA plays games in China, the UK, and other locations, and nobody notices.

    MLB opens its season in Japan, and nobody says boo.”

    While I don’t mind the international games at all having frequently traveled overseas I don’t see it as a big deal.

    However MLB and the NBA not valid comparisons because they have far more games in a season. Its easy to lose a couple games out of 82 home games and not miss them. The NBA has what, 40 home games each season, something like that. Again, you can lose 2 out of 40 and its easy not to make a big deal out of it.

    When you lose 1 out of 8 that’s a much higher percentage.

  23. The solution is to expand the regular season to 17 games, which gives each team 8 home games plus 1 game to be played at a neutral site. The league would then have 16 games per year to spread over neutral sites – perhaps 4 in London, 2 in Canada, 2 in Mexico, 1-2 in Asia and the rest they could play at domestic neutral sites such as college stadiums that are not near existing NFL markets (e.g. Salt Lake, Alabama, Las Vegas).

  24. I’ve decided to stop playing fantasy football this year and I don’t plan on watching any games “live” until the playoffs maybe. I’ll DVR games I want to see and watch them in 30 minutes at my leisure in the comfort of my own home. Life is too hectic as it is, why should I waste 3.5 hours of my time to watch a football game instead of watching the actual action (something like 15 minutes) a little bit later.

    I have no desire to consume an “international” sport, frankly, fans at international sporting events are insufferable.

  25. I think this is a good idea. You grow the game in Mexico and Canada and you really have something. It would be great for Cardinals, Chargers, Raiders or Dolphins. All teams with a strong Mexican fan base already.

  26. Please don’t allow Patriots to play games in Mexico!
    That would be like hiring Al Capone as the night guard in a bank. You are just asking for trouble. Patriots will find a way to BUY wins.

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