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Thursday, June 13, 2024

NFL: Two Games in Germany Possible With Mexico Out

  • Due to renovations ahead of the 2026 World Cup, an NFL game will not be staged at Estadio Azteca.
  • The league could move the game to Germany.
NFL logo in between German and American flags during the first NFL game in Germany
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Last month, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said he “wouldn’t be surprised” if the league played more than four games in Germany through 2025 — and it seems it will happen sooner than later.

The league announced that due to renovations ahead of the 2026 World Cup, an NFL game will not be staged at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City next year as originally planned.

Peter O’Reilly, NFL executive VP of club business and league events, said the league is looking at moving that game to Germany, which would be the country’s second in 2023.

Germany held its first NFL regular-season game in November between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Seattle Seahawks.

  • Nearly 70,000 fans were in attendance.
  • DAZN Germany and ProSieben recorded their most-viewed NFL game behind the Super Bowl.
  • Fanatics had record game-day merchandise sales at Allianz Arena for an NFL International Series game.
  • In the U.S., it was the NFL Network’s most-watched international game on record.

Frankfurt and Munich will host the NFL games in Germany through 2025. The NFL also held three games in London this year.

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Joining Germany

Following the game in Munich, Brett Gosper, NFL head of the U.K. and Europe, said that the league’s analysis of fan growth and commercial potential puts Spain and France on its “radar.”

Goodell has also hinted at a possible European division with “multiple locations in Europe.”

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