Another game has been added to the slate of games to be played outside of the United States of America; however it isn’t in the usual location in London.
This season will include a trip to Mexico City for two teams to play at Estadio Azteca.
This is not the first NFL game to be played in Mexico however, as the Cardinals and 49ers played in 2005 in front of 103,467 spectators.
Now riddle me this Batman; why the hell is the NFL going down to Mexico? Who really cares that much down there?
Well, part of it is a little bit of a business opportunity (surprise, surprise) for the Houston Texans’ owner Bob McNair. Since they are so close to Mexico themselves, McNair has been trying to get a game down there for the last few years.
That proximity was part of the Texans’ winning pitch to finally host Super Bowl 51 as well. They suppose that they will be able to get a strong Mexican fan base to come up and fill even more seats for the big game.
Despite wanting to go down to Mexico to play, McNair really didn’t want to give up a home game and miss out on all the revenue in that sense. So instead, he invited the Raiders to be the home team since they don’t exactly have a home field at the moment.
Another part is that Mexico actually does have a very strong football fan base. ESPN’s John Sutcliffe was at the first game in 2005 and said, “The Steelers and Cowboys are the two big teams in the heart of Mexican fans, and there’s no question the NFL is the No. 2 sport after soccer.”
This game will now become the 15th NFL game to be played outside the US since 2007 with the other 14 being played in London.
This will likely be a gateway to go to even more international countries to make even more money. It’s honestly insane that Goodell basically has made as much money as he could here, and is now going to pillage other countries and take money from them in order to let fans see the world’s best football players in person.
It is a little bit of a testament to the NFL that so many people are wanting them to come to their country, I’m just not happy that Roger Goodell is the one bringing us there.
By Cole McNanna