NFL in Mexico?!By Fernanda Duque Hernández
The institution analyzes the option of season games in the country.
The National Football League (NFL) has recently gone past its boundaries in the United States, to seek out new opportunities in London. Now the association’s leadership is taking a look at other international venues such as Mexico, Canada, Germany and China.
Some weeks ago the NFL sent a delegation to Mexico City to stadiums in the country and analyze the possibility of scheduling regular season games in the country by 2017. According to the report, while the fields would need be adapted, the league is considering programming preseason games, possibly even setting up a training camp in Mexico in the interim.
This will not be the first time the NFL explores possibilities in Mexico. In 2005, the country held a seasonal game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Arizona Cardinals. For this event, Mexico City’s behemoth Estadio Azteca received more than 100,000 football fans, proving the potential market that Mexico has to offer to the American league.
Also competing for future venues are Germany and Brazil. According to Mark Waller, NFL International Executive Vice President, the regional offices of the league in those countries coupled with the growing numbers of fans will guarantee the global expansion of the NFL.
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