NFL to play more international games – with Mexico and Germany in frame
NFL owners approved more international games through to 2025 at a meeting on Wednesday, including ones in places other than Great Britain — possibly Mexico, Germany and Canada.
“We think it’s time to expand our international series to other countries and respond to the growing interest in our game not only in the UK, but elsewhere around the world,” the NFL commissioner, Roger Goodell, said.
Not only was the agreement for games in Britain extended through 2016, but other nations will be considered as well. Mexico, where one regular-season game was played in 2005 and drew a record attendance of 103,467, is a front-runner for next year.
“That’s our biggest fan base, our most vibrant market,” said Mark Waller, the league’s vice president/international. “It would be a logical place to start.”
The NFL will announce the 2016 international games in the coming months. Three games are at London’s Wembley Stadium this season for the second straight year, and that number could be increased. Details