Mark Murphy: Packers discussing Canadian preseason game with Raiders

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Green Bay Packers president Mark Murphy said at the league meetings in Phoenix, Ariz. on Tuesday that they are in discussions with the Oakland Raiders about playing a preseason game in Canada this fall.

Still kind of up in the air. But it’s a possibility that we would either play most likely in Saskatchewan or Winnipeg,” Murphy said, via the team’s website.

The Raiders being interested in playing a preseason game in Canada was previously known. It would be a Raiders home game should the exhibition game come together. A preseason game played in Canada would mean one fewer game played on a field with infield dirt in August as well.

Rogers Centre in Toronto played host to several games – exhibition and regular season – featuring the Buffalo Bills from 2008-2013. BC Place in Vancouver was the last stadium outside Toronto to host an NFL game of any kind as the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers met in the 1998 preseason.

The Packers last played preseason games outside the United States over two decades ago. They faced the Buffalo Bills in Toronto in 1997 before traveling to Tokyo, Japan to face the Kansas City Chiefs in 1998.

18 responses to “Mark Murphy: Packers discussing Canadian preseason game with Raiders

  1. Mr. Murphy, please show respect for Canadian geography! You wouldn’t say a U.S. game was going to be played in either a state or a city, e.g.,Colorado or Chicago. Saskatchewan is a province and Winnipeg is a city. I’m guessing that the game will be played in Regina, home of the Saskatchewan Roughriders or in the province of Manitoba, where the Winnipeg Blue Bombers play.

  2. So the pack finally has to play a game outside the US and it’s in Canada, and not a home game… When will they ever play a “home” game in London like many other teams have had to do? The reality is, the NFL is certainly biased towards certain organizations and it’s plainly obvious.

  3. Maybe they are trying to draw attention away from the fact that after 2019 the Packers will be the only NFL team to have never played an International series London game.

  4. The Packers would be a welcome addition to the CFL.

    They all claim to love playing on the ‘frozen tundra’. There is no frozen tundra in Wisconsin, so a move to Churchill, Manitoba would allow them that option…

    The polar bears would enjoy the entertainment.

  5. The Packers have said they’d be glad to play overseas as long as it’s not a home game. This makes sense because the city literally does depend on game revenue to survive. Conversely, NO other team is willing to play one of THEIR home games vs Green Bay overseas because THEY don’t want to miss out on all the added revenue generated by Packer fans as opposed to many, if not all, other fan bases.

  6. The Packers have never played outside of the US at anytime this millennium! Fans are wise to the fact that the fix is in when it comes to the Packers’ cakewalk schedules. Traveling to Winnipeg from Green Bay is shorter than traveling to Atlanta.

  7. This isn’t a finalized pre-season game in Canada yet for the Packers, so I really see no point in commenting on it at this time.

    I was more interested in the news that the Packers will practice against another team during training camp for the first time since 2005.

    Also, the Packers last practice of the week will go back to being on Friday and Saturday will again be just a walk-through. McCarthy used Friday as a no-practice day and had a light practice on Saturdays during the season.

    I think both are positive moves by LaFleur.👏

    #GoPackGo!🏈

  8. The Almighty Cabbage says:
    March 27, 2019 at 7:22 am

    The Packers have said they’d be glad to play overseas as long as it’s not a home game. This makes sense because the city literally does depend on game revenue to survive….

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    This argument makes zero sense. For years and years the town of Green Bay “survived” on only 4 home regular season games a year while the other 4 were played in Milwaukee.

  9. diveleft says:
    March 27, 2019 at 10:03 am
    The Almighty Cabbage says:
    March 27, 2019 at 7:22 am

    The Packers have said they’d be glad to play overseas as long as it’s not a home game. This makes sense because the city literally does depend on game revenue to survive….

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    This argument makes zero sense. For years and years the town of Green Bay “survived” on only 4 home regular season games a year while the other 4 were played in Milwaukee.
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    Agreed. If a city can’t stand on its own two feet they shouldn’t receive concessions from the NFL. Many states and cities have financial issues.

  10. Yeah, Canadians are going to flock to the stadium to see a bunch of guys who aren’t good enough to play Canadian football.

  11. The Almighty Cabbage says:
    March 27, 2019 at 7:22 am

    The Packers have said they’d be glad to play overseas as long as it’s not a home game. This makes sense because the city literally does depend on game revenue to survive….
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    I thought Green Bay survived by manufacturing toilet paper. What a shame Green Bay is the welfare child of the NFL.

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