Mark Waller out as NFL’s chief of international endeavors

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The Mexico City debacle apparently has claimed its first victim.

PFT has confirmed that Mark Waller will leave his role as the NFL’s executive V.P. for international endeavors. The change will happen after the season.

The news was first reported by Daniel Kaplan of SportsBusiness Daily.

Waller had ultimate responsibility for the league’s inability to stage the Chiefs-Rams game in Mexico last month. While the league hasn’t (and surely won’t) attribute the change to the foreign-soil failure, it’s fair to connect dots.

The league’s international program will fall within the purview of Chris Halpin, the league’s new chief strategy and growth officer. Halpin will also oversee sports wagering.

Waller will transition to the role of senior advisor.

UPDATE 12:53 p.m. ET: The NFL contends that the move was in the works for six to nine months, which if accurate would undercut the notion that the move traces to the Mexico City situation.

17 responses to “Mark Waller out as NFL’s chief of international endeavors

  1. .
    Framegate conspirator, Kensil, plays a prominent role in the international games. He blames the poor field conditions in Mexico City on the Patriots. According to Ted Wells it was a case of “turf terrorism”
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  2. Maybe I’m over simplifying things but how hard is it to fly out to a field to inspect it, write a contract specifying X payment for the field in such and such a condition, with a penalty fee if it’s not, so the owner is on the hook to take care of it.
    Then staying on top of things, finding out the event schedule so you can monitor the condition.

    If its not in good condition have a contingency plan to repair it, else cancel the event well in advance.

    Is the person who had the job experienced? It seems like it was someone’s brother-in-law.

  3. Surprising because it seems the London games have been successful and London is the focus for a franchise relocation. Waller is British, Kensil is not. Throw him under the bus for one bad situation in Mex City, a crap market? Seems odd. Is this a sign that NFL is giving up on the London market?

  4. Actually, this would have fallen on the great Mike Kensil.
    This is another failure by him. But his Jets connections are stronger than him being an idiot.

  5. It’s funny how people blame the commissioner and CEOs for little middle management ordeals. If they don’t know about it they are called idiots. If the do know about it they are called micromanagers. I’m beginning to think that no matter what they do they will be bad mouthed.

  6. “UPDATE 12:53 p.m. ET: The NFL contends that the move was in the works for six to nine months, which if accurate would undercut the notion that the move traces to the Mexico City situation.”

    The NFL can make all the spin attempts they want. I think Florio got the story right the first time.

  7. “the league’s inability to stage the Chiefs-Rams game in Mexico last month”
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    The league was perfectly able to stage the game but the venue ended up being unusable due to dangerous turf. (A venue that the NFL had zero control over.) It was embarrassing to the NFL but hard to see how it was the league’s fault in any way.

  8. Potatoe says: “The NFL can make all the spin attempts they want. I think Florio got the story right the first time.”
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    Except the NFL could’ve canned Waller immediately after Mexico. They didn’t.

    As we’ve seen with Down Judge Hugo Cruz in October and Winston Moss in Green Bay, the NFL has no problem firing people right away. Not sure why you think they all of a sudden have to be so secretive with Mark Waller.

  9. Unfortunately, Richard Nixon’s “Those who are to blame lose their jobs, those who are responsible do not” did not hold here.

  10. What? Let’s assume… what a bunch of crap. If they fired him that is one thing. He will leave after the season means he’s moving on. Get your head out of your office, will ya?

  11. George Tomas’ crew could’ve changed out the turf within 72 hours. The movement of this game was never about turf.

    That was just the excuse the league used to put it back in LA.

  12. How about we just fire Goodell and stop scapegoating underlings who aren’t pushing for international expansion, defamation, cheating and collusion to accomplish that?

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