Report: NFL considering games in China, Germany
The NFL's international scope could extend even further in the near future.
The league is looking into playing regular-season games in Germany in 2017 and China as early as 2018, according to a report by NFL.com's Albert Breer. FOX Sports first reported the news on China.
NFL is reviewing options to play in China in 2018, as @alexmarvez said. I'm told it would be a regular season game.
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) March 21, 2016
The NFL began its International Series during the 2007 season and has played at least one international regular-season game in each season since then. Last season, three regular-season games were played at London's Wembley Stadium.
A minimum of two games will be played at Wembley each season until at least 2020, while an agreement between the NFL and Tottenham Hotspur will place at least two games annually at the Premier League club's new stadium beginning in 2018.
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The Oakland Raiders will host the Houston Texans on Nov. 21 at Mexico City's Estadio Azteca, marking the first Monday Night Football game outside of the United States.
An additional vote to approve a game in China would not be necessary, according to NFL.com's Judy Battista.
Important note on potential China game: no vote necessary b/c owners already authorized NFL to sked more intl. games in UK and elsewhere.
— Judy Battista (@judybattista) March 21, 2016
Several teams have already expressed interested in playing in China, but additional details and logistics will be discussed at this week's owners meetings in Boca Raton, Fla. One major hurdle will be the time difference.
China is 12 hours ahead of the U.S., considerably longer than the four-hour difference in London. Two of the three London games last season kicked off at 9:30 a.m. ET to help account for the time difference.
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