NFL considering a game in Germany or Mexico next year

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The NFL will continue to play multiple games in London every season, for many years to come. But London is not the only foreign market the NFL wants to capture.

Albert Breer of NFL Network reports that the NFL is considering the possibility of playing in Mexico or Germany in addition to three or four games in London in 2016.

If the game is in Mexico, it will be in Mexico City, where the NFL had a 2005 regular-season game that drew more than 100,000 fans. If the game is in Germany, where the league had a small but loyal fan base for the now-defunct NFL Europe, there are options of playing in Berlin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt or Hamburg.

“We feel confident in what we’ve learned in the U.K. to where we can look at adding a game and applying the model into another market,” said Mark Waller, who is spearheading the league’s international efforts. “In the next few weeks, we’ll decide on adding an extra game, going somewhere else, or both. We feel good about the U.K., but the idea of moving forward with other countries is attractive, too.”

The NFL is already so popular in the United States that it’s hard to imagine it getting much bigger. If the league is going to continue to grow, it’s going to grow in other countries. And the league is committed to making that happen.

133 responses to “NFL considering a game in Germany or Mexico next year

  1. Make it stop….

    OK, I know the NFL wants to squeeze every last dollar it can from the world before the apocalypse, but don’t plan on being around then and just want all my teams located in the USA.
    Is that asking too much?

  2. Why is the NFL going to Mexico when it already has 3 teams playing in Mexico, the Raiders, 49ers and Chargers?

  3. Football is more popular in Mexico than in Germany. Plus the travel is a LOT easier.

  4. Play all of the preseason games out of the country so that US season ticket holders don’t have to pay for fake games. Foreign fans will have no problem paying full price and more for preseason games. That is been proven here with Americans filling stadiums and paying insane prices to see preseason European soccer games.

  5. So sick of these stupid games in other countries. The worst is when they try to promote like we should be sooooooo excited about losing a chance to see our team play.

  6. Stupid humans have the propensity to fix what’s not broken. I see it all the time in the corporate world. And unfortunately, the NFL is essentially part of corporate mindset.

    Just as Mark Cuban predicted, it will at some point fall a part and come to an end. Unless, they can stop now and turn back the tide of discontent with what they currently have.

    Sometimes, you just have to be happy with what you’ve got. Two birds in hand is better than three in the bush.

  7. Playing on NFL game in Germany does make a certain amount of sense. After all, they certainly know how to blitz their way past a line.

  8. granadafan says:
    Oct 2, 2015 2:05 PM

    Football is more popular in Mexico than in Germany. Plus the travel is a LOT easier.
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    I agree. We have owned homes in Mexico and spent a lot of time there including watching NFL on Mexican cable TV.

    They are rabid fans that really understand the game. And travel would not cross as many times zones. And the games could be part of the late Sunday game schedule on TV.

    Remember though, soccer and baseball will always be Mexico’s favorite sports!

  9. If the NFL spent as much time on the rules, training refs and making them full time so they can hone their craft as they spend on trying to get people who don’t even understand English to follow football then maybe the head of officiating would be able to tell us what a completed pass is. Based on what he said, he has no clue anymore. So while they are expanding their money base, they are losing others by having a game that has become so rule bound and confusing that it isn’t even fun to watch. Either there are 40 flags in one game or the refs watch a lineman grab and throw a defensive back to the ground and make no call at all. Or let the defense mug receivers all the way down the field. There is no consistency and no one knows what is a penalty and what is not a penalty any more. The owners drive this game, how can they be happy when no owner and no one in the league office even know what a reception is anymore.

  10. The NFL will not be satisfied until they have a franchise on every continent and at least two on Antarctica.

    They are planning to hold Superbowl LX in the soon to be proposed Penguin Palace in McMurdo Station.

  11. The worst part is the process is competitively unfair. The big teams like Dallas, the Giants, the Bears – they’ll never be forced to give up a home game. It’s crap.

  12. Raiders vs Cowboys in Mexico City, would be a sell out but I think would have to be in 2017

  13. I hate that the NFL is having games in London,but I like the 9:30 game Sunday morning.

  14. Considering the abject failure of NFL Europe, it makes no sense for the league to continue in that direction – but that’s Goodell and his brain flatulence.

    It would make a lot of sense to schedule games in Mexico City because there’s actually a passion in that country for pro football not to mention the geographic proximity. In fact, in my opinion it would make a lot more sense to relocate a team to Mexico City rather than to a failed venue like Los Angeles.

  15. instead of putting a team in LA, just make a homeless team that plays its “home” games in these other countries. I’m surprised that the players don’t demand extra for leaving the country.

  16. I can’t help but wonder what Ticket prices will be. I was going to buy some home tickets this year but it turns out now in Detroit they are changing the price of the single game tickets depending on the opponent. I have no interest in seeing a game overseas, but I can’t help to wonder if the NFL price gouges their potential fans like the way the price gouge their current fans.

  17. “It would make a lot of sense to schedule games in Mexico City because there’s actually a passion in that country for pro football not to mention the geographic proximity. In fact, in my opinion it would make a lot more sense to relocate a team to Mexico City rather than to a failed venue like Los Angeles.”

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    Passion for football in Mexico, maybe

    Disposable personal income, not so much

    Hence the push for Germany and Los Angeles

  18. azarkhan says:
    Oct 2, 2015 2:03 PM

    Why is the NFL going to Mexico when it already has 3 teams playing in Mexico, the Raiders, 49ers and Chargers?

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    You beat me to it.

  19. NFL needs to go to 17 games schedule, then in week 7 or 8, have all teams place in a neutral site that does not have football, aka, Mexico, Vancouver, Germany, Italy, London, Toronto, San Antonio, Portland and a few other cities.

  20. azarkhan says:
    Oct 2, 2015 2:03 PM
    Why is the NFL going to Mexico when it already has 3 teams playing in Mexico, the Raiders, 49ers and Chargers?
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    They actually have 5. Don’t forget Cowboys & Texans.

  21. I get that these games stink for the home team’s fans, but having attended one at Wembley last year, they’re spectacles unlike any other sporting event we have here in the US. If my team were playing in Germany, I would absolutely try to go.

  22. Should file a complaint to the FCC about your leaving comments like “why is the NFL going to Mexico when it already has 3 teams playing in Mexico, the Raiders, 49ers and Chargers?” up.

  23. Ok, this has got to stop. Stop taking our real games away from the paying fans (who can barely pay for them since the prices are so outrageous) and send the “Fake” games overseas (or to other countries).

    No one wants to pay full price for a 4th preseason game where it would look better if I played out there. Send those games to London, Germany, Mexico, etc.

    The NFL (and their teams) want all our money, but refuse to give us all the games. Time to take a stance people. Stay at home, don’t buy tix to the games, make them stay in the USA and play in the stadiums the tax payers paid for.

  24. It’s fun watching the league take these games away from publicly financed stadiums. The billionaires turn out their pockets and beg for the public to offset the costs of his privately owned business with promises of job creation and tourism dollars. The league backs their efforts and puts together impact studies showing inflated numbers for hosting games and then boom they start moving games to different countries.

    Hopefully at some point someone influential (looking at you NFLPA) starts to make noise about this.

  25. tombradythelegend says:
    Oct 2, 2015 2:49 PM
    They wont stop until they have teams playing on the moon

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    Mars has water now, maybe they can grow grass there and make a team relocate to there!

  26. Goodell, listen up because it will make you and the owners a lot of money. Michael Sam already let you know that the CFL is better than the NFL. After all, he was able to master the defences at both St Louis and Dallas but couldn’t grasp the complexities of the Alouettes defence. So obviously the CFL is a harder league to play in.
    Soooooo, instead of investing billions to try and set up teams in England, Germany, Japan, Australia and Mexico, just buy the CFL. You can probably buy the entire league for under $1 billion (Canadian) and you get 9 teams right off the bat. Now it won’t help Michael Sam at all as he has said himself that he’s not qualified. But it may just help with the supposed New England Patriots domination thing cause if Sam couldn’t make the Alouettes, there is bound to be at least two or three teams that can beat the pants off of Brady. And Goodell, you get a whole new country to impress with your narcissistic pronouncements as no body there has heard of you.
    One more thing Goodell, don’t forget you heard it here first.

  27. The NFL don’t care that the fans hate this. They are all about greed. Just keep going until you ruin the sport.

  28. Germany? Are you kidding? They might have to clear out the 5000 Muslim migrants living in the stadium…

  29. All this nonsense will end one day, unfortunately its going to take a plane crash that will wipe out an entire team

  30. Knowing the 2015 PC world, there’ll be an uproar of stereotyping accusations if they schedule the cowboys/raiders game

  31. davehamgood says:
    Oct 2, 2015 2:23 PM

    Every country in the world wants the Patriots after all they are #the worlds team.

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    They are? Prove it. I thought Barcelona, or Real Madrid or perhaps Manchester United might rank a little higher. Their payroll dwarfs NE, as well as the caliber of their players. Typical NE troll.

  32. There are a lot of football fans in Mexico City. You wouldn’t believe the number NFL team logo stickers I’ve seen on the back windows of cars in the DF. Seems to be a lot of Vikings, Steelers, and Cowboys fans. I’d seriously consider buying tickets and flying down to a game in Mexico City. Also, American football is now the “trendy” sport for kids to play in Germany. Many schools now have American Football programs and it’s really growing in popularity.

  33. League announcement: NFL ticket and NFL merchandise prices will increase 33% so that we can begin terra-forming for the 2018 Rams vs Jets game on Pluto. Also, I think the teams need to leave soon… Stay tuned

  34. Enough already!! Make the host countries start a franchise and get their own teams. If Germany, Mexico ect want the NFL they need to pony up.

  35. NFL considering a game in Mexico or Germany?
    Why not play one in Toronto? Oh, what? You actually have to purchase tickets and make it look like you enjoy football? Guess Toronto’s out.
    Perhaps Toronto, you should support the Argonauts and it probably would have been a good idea to purchase tickets to the Bills in Toronto games!!!

  36. can someone please swipe Goodell’s passport while he’s at one of these games?

  37. They really are intent on watering down the product on the field, aren’t they?

    Sad to say, but my team’s owner is one of the ones pushing this silly idea of a team in Europe. I say take the two worst NFL franchises with the lowest revenues and attendance, move them to Canada (where they’ll be appreciated) and call it a day.

  38. Roger Goodell is like J.R. Ewing from Dallas. Doing whatever he wants, whenever he wants to get all the oil money in the world that he feels entitled to. Much like Goodell wanting to explore every revenue option in Europe, Mexico and probably China. He doesn’t care what Joe Public thinks, the fans or anyone except the owners who are high-fiving and back-slapping every time they go to the ATM due to Goodell’s expanding outreach.

  39. Super dumb. The NFL simply can’t be all over the world. Logistics makes it impossible.

    The truth is, they are scared someone else will start a league there and they’ll lose their monopoly. But what the power mongers don’t understand is… they can’t stop that from happening. There is no way you can have 60 teams all over the world playing against each other. It would be a nightmare. The travel, the jet lag, the product would suffer big time.

    We are already going to have a 6:30AM PT game on Sunday… that’s really pushing it already. Germany is a few hours later then GMT, so what are we going to have a 3:30AM PT match? How about a game in Germany BEFORE a game in London…

    Mexico City is a bit far, but at least timezone wise, it fits.

    The only way they could make a world wide league even half way work is if you had it like the old AL vs NL in MLB pre-interleague play where they would NEVER PLAY EACH OTHER until the World Series.

    But how would you set that up? We have 32 teams, which means to be fair, you would need 32 European teams, so that at the end you would have 1 finisher from each side to play in a championship game.

    Otherwise you have massive imbalances one way or the other, and even then… in the end, the two sides need to meet to play with someone having to travel and deal with all the disadvantages of it. Do we really want such problems arising in the Superbowl? I want two teams fighting it out to be the best. Not one team fighting against a half dead team whose body clock says it’s 6AM.

    Hey on the surface, it would be GREAT if we could have a world wide league. The problem is however, it just isn’t feasible without massive problems cropping up, and because of this, the big wigs need to realize reality for once (I know hard for billionaires used to ‘yes men’ telling them what they always want to hear constantly) and not force a 20 foot square peg in a 6 inch round hole.

  40. themagicman1223 says:
    Oct 2, 2015 3:34 PM
    Great idea going to Mexico, the danger isn’t high at all. /sarcasm

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    Well, at least it won’t be as dangerous as the Oakland Coliseum or Levi Stadium.

  41. NFL needs to go to 17 games schedule, then in week 7 or 8, have all teams place in a neutral site that does not have football, aka, Mexico, Vancouver, Germany, Italy, London, Toronto, San Antonio, Portland and a few other cities.

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    I love this idea, but lets take it further. The 17th game could be played every year against the closest opponent in the other conference on a rotating home-and-home basis (San Francisco vs. Oakland, NY vs. NY, Baltimore vs. Washington, etc…). While each team would play at a neutral site, no divisional game or rivalry game (as listed above) would be moved.

  42. Ha ha, keep building stadiums and paying for upgrades and enhancements sucker cities. The NFL can’t wait to take a home game from you! Anybody know what the financial loss for a city and it’s workers is when it’s moved? Has to be in the multi million dollar range. Owners get their money from the NFL. Nobody else does.

  43. Remove two preseason games

    Add a 17th game – every team plays a neutral site game. No team then loses revenue from not having 8 home games.

    London x 4
    Germany x 2
    Mexico
    St. Louis/San Diego/Oakland (pick 2)
    San Antonio, Columbus OH, Portland, Lincoln NE, Birmingham AL, Oklahoma City
    …and so on.

    Add a second bye week, the TV contract then sells for more – 19 weeks to air ads instead of 17.

  44. Outside of the fact that he is the worst commissioner in sports, Roger Goodell is a phony tool. I punked that guy last winter. While visiting family in New York, we were at a bar when this clown showed up, started acting like he owned the place, and said he was going to “hand out an a$$ kicking to everyone.” Him being 6 feet and me 6’7″, I put him in his place very quickly. I’m just glad nobody put any pictures, videos, etc. of it in cyberspace.

  45. I like the idea of someone taking Goodell’s passport when he is at one of those foreign games. Just don’t make it England or Germany. I have friends there and that wouldn’t be fair to them.
    Now Syria has some merit. I wonder how our epitomized Narcissist would fair over there.

  46. They must do Raiders vs 49ers in Tijuana. The game will suck but the news generated from the players and fans that weekend will be epic.

  47. 1. Mexico Raiders(stadium holds 100 k and would fill up of pure Raider fans) The Raiders could have a country to themselves.

    AFC West

    Mexico
    Los Angeles(Rams)
    Denver
    Kansas City

    2. Germany Chargers-The Disco Blue Bolts would finally have HFA and a country to themselves. No more road games at home.

    NFC East

    Washington
    New York
    Philadelphia
    Germany

    What about the Cowboys? The NFC West is where they belong, after all the Cowboys have the biggest fan base in All over California.

    NFC West

    Dallas
    San Francisco
    Arizona
    Seattle

    Dallas could play one game a year against Washington for tradition.

    Dallas may want to move on from the NFC East foes- because the San Francisco- Dallas conflict would be huge and greater. Arizona is already in conflict with the Cowboys, add Seattle to the mix.

    3. London Jaguars(Perfect fit for the city) 100 k as well to attend games.

    AFC East

    London
    New England
    New York
    Buffalo

    AFC South

    Miami
    Houston
    Tennessee
    Indianapolis

    Done.

  48. Would rather see multiple teams in the UK than all over Europe.

    U.K. Could hold 4 teams and make their own division. London, Dublin, Glascow, and Manchester.

    Multiple European spots would make massive travel issues and massive tax issues with player salaries.

  49. If there’s one thing most NFL fans can agree on, it’s the fact that we are losing a “NATIONAL” sport to other countries. This is beyond sad as I do not want to see my team lose home games, so that they can play in crappy cities in front of people who couldn’t name the starting quarterback.

  50. Screwing enough of the home town fans out of seeing their teams play, make them away, I mean really AWAY team games and that’s ok. Had enough of screwing American taxpayer.

  51. benfranklinshat says: Oct 2, 2015 3:09 PM

    Should file a complaint to the FCC about your leaving comments like “why is the NFL going to Mexico when it already has 3 teams playing in Mexico, the Raiders, 49ers and Chargers?” up.
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    Man that First Amendment is such a pain. People actually get to say things that others might not find funny or agree with. People even get to say things that some find offensive! What a concept!

  52. RavenzGunnerz says:
    Oct 2, 2015 3:06 PM

    azarkhan says:
    Oct 2, 2015 2:03 PM
    Why is the NFL going to Mexico when it already has 3 teams playing in Mexico, the Raiders, 49ers and Chargers?
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    They actually have 5. Don’t forget Cowboys & Texans.
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    May as well throw in the Cards’…

  53. Every country in the world wants the Patriots after all they are #the worlds team.

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    Good. Send the Patriots to play in these ridiculous “home” games every year then. It will make their cheating more difficult being away from Gillette a few extra games per year, and apparently the world will be happy to have “their” team playing overseas.

  54. Nothing in Canada? Why not have the Bills play a portion of their schedule right across the border?

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    Ralph Wilson tried that in a previous moneygrab, and it was an absolute disaster. The Bills are back to 8 home games a year, just like it should be.

  55. They’ll never get the team owners to fly all the way over there … Oh yeah, the owners don’t have to make the trip.

  56. i never understood why players are against this. Wouldn’t this mean more money and more roster spots for players to extend their careers.

  57. elyasm says:
    Oct 2, 2015 2:17 PM

    Playing on NFL game in Germany does make a certain amount of sense. After all, they certainly know how to blitz their way past a line.

    And Roger could practice his goosestep.

  58. I can’t quite figure the NFL. They give plenty of advance notice when they are going to do something stupid. It’s time enough for every football fan to pipe in. Then, when 100 million people tell them “Don’t do it!”, they go ahead and do it.

  59. Well it looks like eventually every team will play at least one home game every year overseas. And, I bet that will be on a 18 game regular season schedule. That will for sure ruin their quality on the field!

  60. helldog33 says:
    of sense to schedule games in Mexico City because there’s actually a passion in that country for pro football not to mention the geographic proximity. In fact, in my opinion it would make a lot more sense to relocate a team to Mexico City rather than to a failed venue like Los Angeles.”
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    Play in Mexico City? I have never seen a WR running down the field with an oxygen tank on his back.

  61. When is the NFL going to realize that VERY FEW people outside of the USA give two shlts about the NFL?? Hell, I’m in Toronto on business and have a hard time finding NFL games on Sundays. And the few bars that do play the games have about ten people flock to them and watch the game with a passing interest.

  62. Why doesn’t the NFL just SUPPORT OTHER LEAGUES! There are other leagues out there besides the CFL! Austria?! Hello! Stop trying to have the NFL go over the world. Ev

  63. Fans, taxpayers, and elected officials need to remember this whenever the owners want another new stadium. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

  64. I’d favor a division based on the most viable of the old World League or NFL Europe teams. They could play each other 3 times and there could be some interconferencing with the NFL (with teams maybe getting a bye or long week either side, so the NFL would stretch a week or two longer). And the Europe/World conference champ would earn a Wildcard berth. But there’d only be any point if investment was also made to develop college football more in Europe.

    Or get the CFL to adopt our rules and join Europe teams to form a rival league that could face the Super Bowl winner in a World Bowl/Series. That’d mean getting domes for the most northern teams up there or they’d all be Ice Bowls!

  65. Really not a fan of games played anywhere outside of the US. But, if Goodell absolutely must do it then use a few of your 100 brain cells Rog and be sure that only inter-conference games are played outside of the US. Dolphins losing a home game to a divisional rival this weekend?!?! If I were Miami, I would be some pissed off.

  66. The air pollution in Mexico City is something that has to be seen to be believed. Like Beijing, only hotter.

    The NFL should never have its players subjected to that mess.

  67. It’s obvious the NFL doesn’t give a damn about the American fans of the NFL. The greedy bast*** owners only care about lining their pockets with more money.
    It’s another reason why I hate that lackey Goodell. If he truly cared about the fans as he is constantly saying, he’d tell the owners that it’s wrong to take games away from the fans who have supported this league forever and put them in foreign countries. But no — he’s the biggest supporter of these games being played outside of America.
    I’ll say it over and over — if foreign countries want NFL football — let them start their own leagues and down the road our American Super Bowl winners can play their champions in some kind of World Bowl. It would be a pleasure kicking their butts in a game like that.
    But playing regular season games in another country and taking them away from Americans is a bunch of crap.
    I suggest we American fans start some kind of write-in campaign to the owners telling them how much we hate this idea. Because it’s obvious American fans are overwhelmingly against these games being played in other countries.
    NFL football is an American game. Let’s keep it in America.

  68. Since they moved the Jets/Dolphins game to London maybe they can play the Redskins/Cowboys game in Mexico City or the Bears/Packers game in Frankfurt. Oh yeah, that would never happen.

  69. If you played in Mexico, you have to control the gate. However if you really want to see something cool, let the Cowboys play the Steelers there. Half of the country are Cowboys fans. The other half are Steelers fans. It will be bigger than any sporting event in history.

  70. “Play all of the preseason games out of the country so that US season ticket holders don’t have to pay for fake games. Foreign fans will have no problem paying full price and more for preseason games. That is been proven here with Americans filling stadiums and paying insane prices to see preseason European soccer games.”
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    Great idea!

  71. mannyiac says:
    Oct 2, 2015 2:27 PM

    I hate that the NFL is having games in London,but I like the 9:30 game Sunday morning.

    I agree. My Lions played in London last year, and it was the early game. We won, the day was off to a great start, and it was only noon. Loved that.

    but as for real growth in the shorter term, I don’t understand why they didn’t start with Mexico in the first place.

    Mexicans are very accepting of anything American, and with the proximity factor, they already watch NFL games on their cable systems.
    Having actual teams outside the U.S. is a whole lot easier when you use basically the same time zones. The real opportunity for the NFL is in Mexico (and Canada).

    Unfortunately, that makes far too much sense, so of course the NFL thinks crossing the ocean is the smarter idea. Go figure.

  72. So dumb.take the game away from real fansand give it to people who pretend to care about teams that probably won’t even be In the game they are watching

  73. @indianaviking:

    Remove two preseason games

    Add a 17th game – every team plays a neutral site game. No team then loses revenue from not having 8 home games.

    London x 4
    Germany x 2
    Mexico
    St. Louis/San Diego/Oakland (pick 2)
    San Antonio, Columbus OH, Portland, Lincoln NE, Birmingham AL, Oklahoma City
    …and so on.

    Add a second bye week, the TV contract then sells for more – 19 weeks to air ads instead of 17.

    This is an almost perfect solution. The only thing that’s missing is to also move the Hall of Fame Game to the regular season as one of the neutral-site games, so that no teams have to play a third preseason game.

  74. How about a Carribean Division: Puerto Rico, Belize, Costa Rica, and the Dominican. Between the natives, the transplants, and the vacationers, they’d pack it out every week and gain market share in three new countries.

  75. The NFL has become the BIGGEST sports league in the nation because of OUR MONEY. We have shelled out and shelled out as prices for everything has escalated. And NOW, now they want to take games away from us and move them out of the country. SCREW THE NFL. Fans need to go on record and let them know that if they continue to take games away and move them out of the USA that we will stop lining their pockets with our hard earned dollars.

  76. How many free agents are going to sign up live in Mexico City? Good luck with that, Roger…

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