NFL considers playing games in Spain, France

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The 17-game regular season gives the NFL up to 16 potential neutral-site games per year.

Sooner or later, the NFL will be playing that many neutral-site games.

Via Ken Maguire of the Associated Press, Spain and France sit atop the list of the league’s next potential destination, now that the NFL has extended its European footprint from London to Germany.

Brett Gosper, who leads the NFL’s efforts in the UK and Europe, confirmed the interest in two new countries in an interview with Maguire.

“We need to do our homework to make sure that there is the possibility of a place to land any games in those markets, gauge interest of the host stadia, gauge interest of the host city, even the government, as to their enthusiasm to help us bring a game,” Gosper said.

Spain has an edge, given that the Bears and Dolphins have “home marketing” rights in that country. No team has been assigned France.

This year, the NFL will play five neutral-site international games. Four of the games were played at 9:30 a.m. ET on a Sunday. That dynamic could become more and more common, creating four windows on Sundays and roughly 14 hours of non-stop football.

49 responses to “NFL considers playing games in Spain, France

  1. They have been going to Europe for years. What about Africa? Get a rumble in the jungle type atmosphere going. That would have to draw huge interest.

  2. German fans are pretty awesome. They seemed thrilled just to be there, regardless if their team was winning or not. Breaking into song; having a grand ole time.
    If other countries fan base love the game as much; I think having 16 international games is great.

    Yes the NFL has lots of other problems; but this is a good idea.

  3. Nothing like showing the fans of a particular city how much the NFL cares, than taking a home game away from them.

  4. Steelers-Eagles in Ireland would destroy our relations with them for a century or more. Let’s get it scheduled.

  5. Did they announce this on astroturf? did Goodell get a high ankle sprain as he pivoted on the turf? FIX THE FIELDS

  6. Why no games in Africa, Asia or Latin America? And forget that trash field they played on in Mexico City.

  7. This is obviously due to some US markets not attracting enough fans in their stadiums. That being the case, only those teams should be the ones forced to play in international stadiums.

  8. I think they should play a game in the Maldives. Fans can watch the game sitting on rafts or canoes. Halftime show could be dancing whale-sharks.

  9. Quite telling that there has been no mention of Toronto since the “Bills in Toronto” series/disaster. The NFL was embarrassed by that little experiment. Toronto gave away tickets, England and Germany sell out. Guess it’s important to show the NFL that you actually like the sport of football?

  10. So games in Spain, games in France, how long till we see games underpants? Amirite?!?

    I’ll see myself out

  11. Awesome – this is why they have the 17th game. To promote the NFL game globally and not take away a home game from fans.

    If the NFL doesn’t promote globally someone else will. Its a necessary business decision.

  12. Germany is their toe-hold into Europe… work on that first and then they need to concentrate on Scandinavia.

  13. I’ve been priced out for a while now, just parking is $50. Might as well play them on the moon, I’ll be on my couch either way.

  14. ghjjf says:
    November 15, 2022 at 2:37 pm
    This is obviously due to some US markets not attracting enough fans in their stadiums. That being the case, only those teams should be the ones forced to play in international stadiums.
    ————————–
    It’s because the NFL has saturated the US market and the only way to expand viewership is to expand international presence.

  15. Soccer is the big game in Europe. So how many top league games (Premier League, Bundesliga, La Liga) are played in the US? Zero. NFL should take note.

  16. its always the same response after they play these games outside the US.. that the fields are an injury waiting to happen .. so much for player safety..

  17. Just send the ENTIRE damn season overseas, NFL! I’m sick of them bilking American cities of billions of dollars only to steal games and send them abroad! It is UNFAIR to American citizens stuck with exorbitant stadium bills–especially those in open-air stadiums in cold cities where they can’t do anything in them in the winter or rain. We don’t see overseas sporting teams trying to send half their seasons to America! Why is the NFL doing this to the fans and businesses surrounding the stadiums? There are only 8 home games per season for most teams. And that’s not enough, considering the hefty price tag of stadiums! Just move the league overseas and have occasional games in America if that is what you want–NFL! I HATE games being exported at our expense!

  18. I would have thought they’d try countries where American football already has a decent following, which I don’t think includes Spain and only barely includes France. Switzerland would be a better idea for another Europe site. Football is pretty popular in Brazil, too, and you wouldn’t have to play games at the high altitude, smog, and lousy field in Mexico City to get a South America game in.

  19. whodatnhollywood says:
    November 15, 2022 at 3:06 pm

    “Just send the ENTIRE damn season overseas, NFL! I’m sick of them bilking American cities of billions of dollars only to steal games and send them abroad! It is UNFAIR to American citizens stuck with exorbitant stadium bills–especially those in open-air stadiums in cold cities where they can’t do anything in them in the winter or rain. We don’t see overseas sporting teams trying to send half their seasons to America! Why is the NFL doing this to the fans and businesses surrounding the stadiums? There are only 8 home games per season for most teams”

    Calm down, please. Every team will have eight home games. That is the point. With the 17th game, sending teams overseas corrects the imbalance created. Why should any teams get nine home games while others have only eight?

  20. CNC33 is correct.

    There should be a team or two in Canada. Edmonton, AB would be cool. Maybe BC? I’d say Toronto, but they probably already Bills fans.

  21. I see why Jerry wants Roger out his priorities are all out of sorts We got players getting injured on treacherous playing surfaces Referees stealing money And I know deep down Jerry is boiling because Kraft got all those super bowls from his right hand man Rog

  22. If you want to play games in other countries, then put a team there. Don’t make a teams fans miss a “home” game that’s played in another country.

  23. In essence what the “No Fun League” is saying is they don’t give a rats ass about the fans who built the league, rather fans who are into soccer are better.

    The players hate it. The coaches hate it. The fans hate it, but the NFL gives everyone the middle finger and says ‘we’re untouchable’.

    Madness.

  24. Somewhat related, but with the current 3 preseason games, and the games being glorified scrimmages anyway, why not do alternate-venue games in the team’s region?

    Example. You’d get a home, an away, and every other year you’d get your alternate venue home game. Packers in Madison, Vikings in Fargo, Lions at Central Michigan, Bears in Champaign, etc. They’d need to be when the college teams are away, obviously, but it would bring the game to the regional fans in a new, and cheap, way.

  25. Someone mentioned Africa. There is a significant number of NFL players from Nigeria but the safety issues would outweigh it.

    Brazil in Maracana would be fun. I could only imagine the trouble NFL players could find in Rio or even Sao Paolo. Baile funk parties in the favelas or even the nightclubs.

    If they do play in France, they’d have to play in the Parc des Princes which is a great venue. Although the Velodrome in Marseille would be awesome too. France has seen a growing interest in American football.

  26. All THE, 17th games should be played “INTER NATIONALLY”.
    Home team would be the teams marketing country,”BUT I,M,O,P”,it should be the country that wants to market a certain team. Not a certain team that gets to market a certain country.

    Like the

    VIKINGS———Denmark,Sweden,Norway,Ireland,Scotland,Wales.
    “could possibly host NFL GAMES since they have soccer stadiums”.

    I’m sure there’s other team names drawn to other countries ,but the country should be able to call the team/teams.Not the team or NFL calling it’s country.

  27. They should just revive NFL Europe and have it as a full blown minor league farm system like AAA baseball

  28. Why not just off load and transfer all 32 teams to international markets creating brand new revenue streams for the NFL? USA fans will have the option of watching the games in US stadiums on jumbotrons or on pay-per-view at 5am in the morning creating further new revenue streams for the mighty and powerful NFL. It’s coming folks.

  29. Aaaahhhhhh NO NO NO we’re going to hear Russell Wilson again on how he do kneehigh steps(whatever you call itt) while fly out to other countries.Please don’t put Broncos on a trip. It’s embarrassing for Broncos nation(me)!

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