NFL considering a game in Germany or Mexico next year

The National Football League will continue to play multiple games in London every season, for many years to come. But London is not the only foreign market the NFL wants to capture.

Albert Breer of NFL Network reports that the NFL is considering the possibility of playing in Mexico or Germany in addition to three or four games in London in 2016.

If the game is in Mexico, it will be in Mexico City, where the NFL had a 2005 regular-season game that drew more than 100,000 fans. If the game is in Germany, where the league had a small but loyal fan base for the now-defunct NFL Europe, there are options of playing in Berlin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt or Hamburg.

“We feel confident in what we’ve learned in the U.K. to where we can look at adding a game and applying the model into another market,” said Mark Waller, who is spearheading the league’s international efforts. “In the next few weeks, we’ll decide on adding an extra game, going somewhere else, or both. We feel good about the U.K., but the idea of moving forward with other countries is attractive, too.”

The NFL is already so popular in the United States that it’s hard to imagine it getting much bigger. If the league is going to continue to grow, it’s going to grow in other countries. And the league is committed to making that happen.


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