Roger Goodell: NFL plans “at least” a game a year in Germany for four years, maybe more

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The Buccaneers and Seahawks will play the NFL’s first regular-season game in Germany on Sunday, but it won’t even be close to the last.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said today that the league’s current plan to play a game a year for the next four years in Germany is only the bare minimum, and that more may be coming.

Goodell said at a fan forum in Munich that the plan is for “at least” four games in four years, according to Greg Auman of TheAthletic.com.

Goodell added that he wouldn’t be surprised if the league expands from that initial plan, given what a good response the league has had from German fans. NFL officials have said ticket demand for Sunday’s game in Munich exceeded expectations.

Tomorrow’s game at Allianz Arena in Munich will be followed by a 2023 game in Deutsche Bank Park in Frankfurt, and both stadiums have already contracted with the NFL to host at least one more game beyond that. Between the NFL’s ambitions in Germany and in London, it won’t be surprising if American viewers soon see a time when there’s an early-morning game from Europe on most NFL Sundays.

15 responses to “Roger Goodell: NFL plans “at least” a game a year in Germany for four years, maybe more

  1. Not crazy about us traveling overseas for games but heck, I could get into seeing a EARLY MORNING game EVERY Sunday. Why not?

  2. Why stop there? Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday nights are also available. And all day Saturday. What the world needs more than anything is NFL games on every waking minute outside of 9-5 Mon-Fri.

    /sarcasm

  3. Why though, really. Do we see the English Premier league or the Bundesliga in Germany scheduling Non exhibition soccer matches in the U.S.? NO, it’s their thing. Are the NFL owners really getting any more revenue to split from games over seas? No.

    Did the Fans of the City of the teams playing in Europe, the large majority who Cannot or will not ever be able to afford a trip TO Europe, because the cost of the trip can nearly equal the cost OF their entire annual season ticket, really want this? NO, they do not. They were not even asked.

    It takes away from the fabric of the buildup and experience of a home game IN their city. All these games overseas….just have a lost edge knowing so mans of the “fans” would not have a clue about the culture, fandom and history of the franchises playing. Just like I don’t about Hoffenheim, Wolfsburg or Dortmund, in the German soccer league.

  4. the nfl gets sweet stadium deals funded by public tax dollars then sends even more games overseas…jus’ sayin’

  5. Which Europeans really care about the NFL played over in Europe? In my opinion about as much as I care about their professional soccer over here which is none. I know it’s a special treat for some of our homesick service men & women to see one of America’s favorite sports but REALLY it’s all about making disgustingly rich people more money!

  6. They need to continue grow their business overseas because the US is saturated. I know a lot of NFL fans (family and friends) and not one of them watches as much as they used to. We aren’t unique.

  7. Since we have an odd number of regular season games now, every team should play one game in Europe and their bye-week should follow that game. Then all teams would have an equal number of home/away games, plus one neutral site European game. This formula could prove out the feasibility of having a European Division of the NFL. Just imagine a 36 team NFL with one 4 team European Division. London, Munich, Amsterdam, and Paris. That would be cool!

  8. Why don’t Premier League and Bundesliga have games in the U.S? Because it wouldn’t pay off. Watch them have regular season games in Asia within the next 5 – 7 years though.

    Tradition is quite a big factor for European sports fans when it comes to why a certain team is their favorite one. So I’m pretty positive that most English and German NFL fans know about the history and tradition of their respective favorite teams.

    Is it sad for season ticket holders to lose a game? Sure it is, I understand that they’re angry. I will be when my favorite soccer team has to play one of the more attractive home games somewhere in China or South Korea in 2028.

    tommyfromambridge says:
    November 12, 2022 at 8:33 am
    Why though, really. Do we see the English Premier league or the Bundesliga in Germany scheduling Non exhibition soccer matches in the U.S.? NO, it’s their thing. Are the NFL owners really getting any more revenue to split from games over seas? No.

    Did the Fans of the City of the teams playing in Europe, the large majority who Cannot or will not ever be able to afford a trip TO Europe, because the cost of the trip can nearly equal the cost OF their entire annual season ticket, really want this? NO, they do not. They were not even asked.

    It takes away from the fabric of the buildup and experience of a home game IN their city. All these games overseas….just have a lost edge knowing so mans of the “fans” would not have a clue about the culture, fandom and history of the franchises playing. Just like I don’t about Hoffenheim, Wolfsburg or Dortmund, in the German soccer league.

  9. Went to the Jag / Raiders game last weekend, and the 2 guys sitting next to me where from Germany. I had to to tell them to take their hats off during the playing of our National anthem:). So we started talking and I asked why they were in Jax for the game? The guy said that they wanted to buy tickets for the game played in Germany, but an average ticket for cost more than a $1,000. Euros. It was cheaper for them to fly here and watch an NFL game.
    As much as I Despise Roger Goodell, he continues to make the owners a cash load of money and that’s all that matters.

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