NFL approves measure to extend international series through 2025

As NFL owners continue to slog through a fight to get the game back in the United States’ second-biggest market, they’ve extended their deal to take it beyond our borders.

The league announced they had approved a resolution to extend their international series of regular season games through 2025, with the ability to take games beyond the United Kingdom.

There has been talk of Germany, Mexico and perhaps Brazil hosting games in the future, and this opens the door for that.

“This marks an important step in our long-term international growth,” commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. “Fans in the UK have responded incredibly well to the regular-season games we have played in London since 2007. They have demanded more NFL games, and we have worked to accommodate them. We think it’s time to expand our International Series to other countries and respond to the growing interest in our game not only in the UK, but elsewhere around the world.”

Next year’s international games will be announced later this fall. The league had previously agreed to a 10-year partnership with English Premier League soccer club Tottenham Hotspur for two games per year at their new stadium, which will open in 2018.

While London may never be logistically feasible to host a franchise, it’s clear the NFL wants to add inventory there, as they’ve gradually built to three games this season.

24 responses to “NFL approves measure to extend international series through 2025

  1. The NFL will never be the NBA. Football is an expensive sport to play, with costs for everything from uniforms, helmets, training facilities and doctors. To play basketball, all you need is underwear and a ball. The NFL needs to get over its obsession with going global. It will never happen.

  2. International football is a crock. When 2 teams play in England, one of them loses a home game. It’s the National Football League, nation being the USA. Stop playing in foreign countries.

  3. I wanna know how much these countries are paying the NFL for the privilege to play in their country.

    We all know the NFL doesnt do anything without getting paid lots of bribes, errrrrrrr, money to do anything.

    Its not because they are playing in other countries to protect the integrity of the game.

    Some reporter needs to find this out.

  4. If you want to “expand” just stick to Mexico and Canada. Neither have sport leagues that could compete with the US, both have strong connections to the US and time zones wouldn’t be an issue. Competing with Soccer in Europe is just plain stupid. Plus, fans here lose out on real games at home! Get on their TVs, send preseasons abroad but do NOT take away our sport so you can pursue some dumb pipedream of a football league in Europe… you failed before and you’ll fail again. Try something that might actually work.

  5. I thought Mark Cuban was crazy but not now. “Pigs get fat, then get slaughtered”. As a lifelong NFL fan this kind of stuff is making me lose interest.

  6. the hidden issue is that the NFL onwers apparently are meeting to discuss issues.

    so why aren’t they asking Godell why he put Blandino in place and why the officiating has gone down hill?

    why aren’t they asking why is he still planningon appealing the Brady case, since it in no way impacts the commissioners ability to dole out and hear appeals regarding punishments, the ruling currently only states he must do it failry. why risk losing the entire shabang?

  7. 20, 30 years ago all I wanted was season tickets but couldn’t afford them. Now that I can, I don’t give a crap about them. That started shortly after 2006. Same year Goodell started ruining the game.

    Mark Cuban was right. “Pigs get fat. Hogs get slaughtered. When you take it too far, people turn the other way.” Pigs are getting hoggy.

  8. Very simple. Make it mandatory that every NFL team plays one game a year in the UK. Problem solved.

  9. Imagine a team like Manchester United and Liverpool coming to the States to play a league game, will never happen. The reason why soccer/football and basketball are more popular is a simple fact, those are global cheap sports that many people grew up playing. Trying to force feed a global reach of the NFL will never ever be accepted, sure you will get fans here and there that follow the sport globally, but you can never ever compete with those two mainstays, not even cricket lol…

  10. Ha ha, yep fund that new stadium St. Louis so they can play ur home games outside the country. NFL giving the middle finger to Amercia more and more everyday.

  11. I don’t get all the hatred. Every time I sign on here, I read that people would rather watch on TV than go to the games. If that’s the case, what does it matter if the game is played in San Francisco or Rio or Mexico City?

    The other thing that amazes me is that people say, “the NFL will never be as popular as soccer in England.” Well, duh…it doesn’t have to be! The NFL had determined that it has grown about as much as it can in the US, so the place it can grow is the rest of the world. It doesn’t have to be the dominant sport…it just has to grow. Growth equals interest. Interest equals tickets/merchandise sales.

    Lastly, I get the argument that season ticket holders don’t want to lose a home game. I am a season ticket holder. The solution is very simple: 1. Cut the preseason back to two games. 2. Have each team play 17 regular-season games…8 at home, 8 on the road, and one at a neutral site. That solves the problem.

    Think about being able to watch an NFL game each Sunday morning from another part of the world. Sorry, but I think that would be awesome.

  12. Shad Khan was heard saying, “as long as I can keep my current Wembley deal for one game a year, the rest of you can play where ever the heck you want…”

    Shad and the Jaguars love those Wembley $$$$

  13. London ‘Home’ teams are 3-9

    No London ‘Home’ has had a winning record out of the 12 teams to play there. Saints were .500. Everyone else has a losing record the season they lost a home game.

  14. “They have demanded more NFL games, and…”

    I hang out a several different NFL-related websites, and I’m curious why I have never seen someone from the UK or Europe post comments demanding more games, or trolling fans whose team gave their home games to Wembley.

    I mean, if they’re fan-enough to demand more games, wouldn’t they also hang out here once in awhile?

    They do know what the Internet is, right?

  15. I’m not for the idea of putting one foreign team in London. I am for having “International” division that has 4 teams. The most intriguing part about WLAF (eventually became NFL Europe) was having a European division that won the first World Bowl (London Monarchs). If you had teams in some of the old NFL Europe cities like London, Berlin, Frankfurt and throw in Mexico. Football is also growing in China

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