NFL likely to play games in Germany, South America

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The NFL’s international expansion plans were a significant part of Tuesday’s announcement of 17-game seasons, and games appear to be coming to Germany and South America.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell mentioned both Germany and South America on a call to announce the addition of a 17th game. The most likely South American country to host an NFL game would be Brazil.

The NFL has long had eyes on Germany for several reasons: It’s a big, wealthy country. It has a large English-speaking population. And American football has a fan base there, including many fans who supported the German teams in the now-defunct NFL Europe league (which also operated under the names World League of American Football and NFL Europa).

Beginning in 2022, the NFL will require four teams every year to give up a home game to play internationally, and additional teams may volunteer to play international games.

Starting in 2005, the NFL has played four regular-season games in Mexico City, six in Toronto and 28 in London. International games will only increase in the years ahead.

35 responses to “NFL likely to play games in Germany, South America

  1. I travel to Brasil for business 3-4 times a year. My wife’s family is from there and I got married there in 2019.

    I cant see taking an entire game there as a safe idea. Forget about field quality, night life would so dangerous for invincible NFL players. Huge targets. I love my second country, but life there for many does not have the same value. The government paid all the gangs not to interfere w people at the Olympics and WC. Those were were one time events. If the NFL tries to make it a regular thing its a matter of time.

  2. European NFL fan here. Germany is not the best country for NFL because it has big fanbase it’s the best because of the location. With Brexit everything is more expensive and even in 2013, when I attendaned 49s Jaguars game in London, many fans were not English speaking. Just take a look at Munich – a few hours drive from Austria, Slovenia, Check Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Switzerland, France, Italy… Munich would make most sense.

  3. Anyone check out what a mess Brazil is currently between the virus, political and economic catasphrobes?

  4. These games seem like an exhibition game when watching them on tv. Feels like they don’t (or should not) count as part of a season record.

  5. Not a fan of games being played outside the US. Mostly because it seems the “less popular/smaller market“ teams are the ones who have to give up their home games. Has Dallas (possibly Mexico City), either NY team, NE, KC, Seattle, Pittsburgh ever played a home game in Europe?

  6. It’s bad enough they’re moving our jobs overseas, now they are moving our sports overseas too.

  7. Just stop. Quit taking a home game away from fans. Assuming we have fans. Enough already.

  8. Again, Goodell announced years ago that the NFL wanted to expand to a $25 billion per year business. The only way to do that is with international expansion. Germany makes a lot of sense – as the article says they were the biggest NFL Europe supporters. A couple of years ago they were also talking about games in China, but that may be on hold because of anti-Asian sentiment on the rise.

    And why do teams have to give up a home game? Surely they could work it out where everyone still got 8 home games. Seems like a surefire way to disgruntle fans who attend games.

    If we ever get past COVID and are lucky enough to not have COVID 2.0 hit the world soon, this kind of worldwide expansion will continue, and eventually there will be NFL teams somewhere overseas, or in Canada or Mexico. Not great for the quality of the game, but it will bring in lots of money. And that’s all the NFL is concerned with.

  9. I said before that the league should pursue other countries and limit the international series to just once a year. At least they’re exploring other areas.

  10. Players better get both of their passports ready. I assume every single player will get the gene therapy shot prior to traveling?

  11. The 18th regular season game, when it comes, will probably be an international game for all teams. So 16 games in other countries each season, plus the current UK games.

  12. This is the equivalent of the blunder of New Coke in the mid-80s. Coke had a very successful product but decided to mess it up by changing the formula. It became a huge disaster with its customers and they had to reinstate “Classic Coke” while still trying to force New Coke down everyone’s throats. It didn’t work. New Coke went away and people clamored for the original Coke. By playing games on Thursdays, expanding to 17 (and eventually 18 games), moving the Super Bowl toward the end of February and now playing games overseas, the NFL is messing with its product. I’m not sure everyone will embrace the New NFL and may start demanding the classic version.

  13. Because my german friends love football; the kind played with a foot and a ball.

  14. If anybody with a clue was in charge, Germany is where the London games would have been since the start. NFL Europe was most popular there and the London team had been closed and folded for several seasons before the NFL pulled the plug on the league. But since Goodell and his buddies don’t want to learn German or hire anybody who can speak it they just keep doing games in London. Very “global” thinking at work there.

  15. I went to the Chiefs-Chargers game in Mexico City in 2019 (as a Chiefs fan). It was a fantastic experience, it seemed like a college bowl game. Fans from both sides walking around Mexico City giving each other grief while imbibing mas tacos y cervezas.

    The Chiefs were the road team, so they didn’t lose a home game. Still, it’s a fun experience and I’ll make the trip the next time the Chiefs play internationally.

  16. wheresmyjuice says:
    March 31, 2021 at 6:11 am
    I travel to Brasil for business 3-4 times a year. My wife’s family is from there and I got married there in 2019.

    I cant see taking an entire game there as a safe idea. Forget about field quality, night life would so dangerous for invincible NFL players. Huge targets. I love my second country, but life there for many does not have the same value. The government paid all the gangs not to interfere w people at the Olympics and WC. Those were were one time events. If the NFL tries to make it a regular thing its a matter of time.

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    My wife is Argentinian and her sister lives in Sao Paolo, we visited in 2018 along with a visit to Rio De Janeiro as well. A truly spectacular country, culture and but the crime is off the charts. Some of the players who would against any better juddgement would venture into the more seedier night spots and chaos would ensue. Also, I can only imagine if some NFL players were to visit a baile funk party in a favela.
    More importantly, Covid infection rates in Brazil are among the highest in the world right now and they would need to get a handle on that beforehand.

  17. Give them the preseason games. I trust that season ticket holders of these teams get some sort of discount seeing as they’re losing out on a home game.

  18. I was at Eagles-Jaguars in London in 2018. They estimated that over 5,000 fans at the game had made the trip from different parts of continental Europe.

  19. As a south-american who do not live in Brazil, for must of us, is cheaper to travel to EEUU to watch a game than going to Brazil.

  20. Modern day colonization. We don’t want your land, or to be responsible for your people – we just want your moneyyyyy.

  21. If the establishment doesn’t like players clubbing in the states, imagine what the fallout will be after a trip to Rio….

  22. Been saying this for years, week 8 and 9 of the NFL season every team will play at a neutral site and have a bye week the following week. get ready Rome, Barcelona, Vancouver, Hawaii, Rio De Janero, Frankfurt, Munich, Toronto and Athens…

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