By announcing the addition of a 17th game to the regular season, the NFL also confirmed that eight teams will have to play abroad each season starting in 2022. Others may also volunteer to do more.
So that makes four meetings to distribute. At least. Unfortunately, France is not yet in the league’s bottom line. According to Sports Illustrated, it is Germany that seems in the race to be the next international destination. Roger Goodell also mentioned the name of the country in his announcement.
A memo would have clarified to the teams that the targets would be: two games in Tottenham, one in Mexico City and one in Germany, Munich or Berlin.
Germany has a lot of assets for the NFL. First, a real base of supporters, since it is in this country that were located a good part of the franchises of the defunct NFL Europe. The country is also in good economic health and its inhabitants often have a very honest command of English. A barometer of the European Commission estimated in 2005 that 51% of Germans speak English, against 34% of French.
As for the speakers, the Olympic Stadium in Berlin (74,475 seats, renovated in 2004) and the Allianz Arena in Munich (75,024, built in 2005) are quite capable of hosting matches.
It is therefore not tomorrow (and probably not the day after tomorrow either) that Tom Brady and Patrick Mahomes will have croissants at the foot of the Eiffel Tower before going to play at the Stade de France.
In addition, the league would also have its eyes turned to Brazil.