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The NFL will quickly resolve whether or not it’ll put a 2024 regular-season sport in Spain or Brazil, league govt vp Peter O’Reilly stated Tuesday, in response to a number of media studies.
Last month, the NFL informed its groups that Madrid, Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo had been all potentialities to host future video games. Sports Business Journal and Front Office Sports reported that the decision as to the 2024 web site will probably be made in December or January. If both Spain or Brazil winds up getting a contest, Germany’s allotment of video games subsequent yr can be diminished from two to 1.
O’Reilly stated, in response to Front Office Sports, “There’s real opportunity. Germany is a unique market with the history of NFL Europe and how strong the American football legacy is there, but the reason we’re looking at Brazil and Spain is based on the size of the fanbases there.”
The NFL is enjoying 5 worldwide video games this yr. The first was contested at Wembley Stadium in London (a 23-7 Jacksonville Jaguars win over the Atlanta Falcons on Oct. 1), and the subsequent two had been held at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London (the Jaguars beat the Buffalo Bills 25-20 on Oct. 8, and the Baltimore Ravens defeated the Tennessee Titans 24-16 on Sunday).
The final two are slated for subsequent month in Frankfurt, Germany: Miami Dolphins versus Kansas City Chiefs on Nov. 5 and Indianapolis Colts versus New England Patriots on Nov. 12.
The 2022 slate additionally included 5 worldwide video games: three in London, one in Munich, Germany, and one in Mexico City. However, Mexico is not within the combine this yr or subsequent yr with Estadio Azteca present process renovations forward of the 2026 World Cup.
The final time the NFL staged a regular-season sport in a rustic apart from the United States, England, Germany or Mexico was 2013, when the Buffalo Bills confronted the Falcons in Canada. The Bills performed a house sport in Toronto yearly from 2008-13.
NFL exhibition video games have been staged in Japan (14 instances between 1976 and 2005), Sweden (1988), Spain (1993-94), Ireland (1997) and Australia (1999).
–Field Level Media