Report: League pushes back game in China until 2019

Getty Images

The NFL has pushed back plans to play a game in China. According to Daniel Kaplan of SportsBusiness Journal, the league has postponed staging a game there in 2018, targeting 2019 instead.

Per Kaplan, the league could open the 2019 season, its 100th anniversary, in China.

It may make better sense to look at that game as an opportunity to celebrate our hundred years, in the event we can pull it off and as a way to look forward to the future,” NFL Executive Vice President/International Mark Waller said, via Kaplan.

The Rams, as the host team of the game, postponed the opening of their new stadium in Los Angeles from 2019 to 2020, allowing the league to move back the China game. The Rams now will give up a home game in 2019 to host the game in China.

The league will play four games in London and one in Mexico this season, with a Tottenham partnership beginning next season with two games. Thus, the China effort will wait, which is nothing new.

The league first had plans to play in China in 2007 in advance of the Beijing Olympics. The Patriots and Seahawks were scheduled to play a preseason game billed as the China Bowl. The NFL rescheduled that preseason game for 2009 and eventually scrapped the idea.

But China makes sense as the next market for the NFL to expand its brand.

During a promotional trip to China earlier this month, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady expressed a desire to play a game there before he retires. If Brady wants to play there, it’s probably a good thing he has plans to play a few more years. It appears that’s at least how long it’s going to be before the NFL takes its show there.

16 responses to “Report: League pushes back game in China until 2019

  1. I don’t mind the games in Europe but China is ridiculous.

    I’ve been there. It sucks and they will get many promises regarding the production of a game that when they get there will be found to be substandard.

    This will be a disaster.

  2. China will be offering greedy owners billions to relocated to China, and throw-in a new stadiums. The greedy owners will be lining up for a shot at the money.

  3. I’m rapidly losing interest in the NFL.

    Like the first poster said. “Let’s celebrate the NFL’s 100th season, in China!”

    I didn’t know China produced all the fans that made the league as popular as it is.

    NFL (Goodell) is going to end up destroying itself with greed.

    I’ve actually started rooting for the NFL to fail because of things like this, which is sad because I love the game of football

  4. I lived in China for nearly a decade. There is still very little interest in the NFL. It’s dwarfed by the NBA. Though there are obviously plenty of nice people in China, it is a very ethics-challenged society, and more than even in the U.S., greed rules the day.

    Which is all to say, Belichick and Goodell should get along fine there.

  5. mzew233 says:
    Jun 29, 2017 7:26 PM

    Good. Then please turn off your tv this fall and this February. Since your probably a brady hater as well


    Maybe Mzew can go to china in 2019 with the league….and STAY there.
    Either help make america great again…….bye

  6. man i cant wait for 2019! said no one! what a horrible idea…take billions in state tax dollars then add more games outside of America…hopefully someday the fans will wake up…probably not though…there are a lot of suckers out there….im not one of them though!

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!