It seems the NFL has grown serious about expanding its brand beyond the US and the UK.
NFL Mexico director, Arturo Olivé, told AS.com that the league will play five regular season games in Mexico over a five-year span, which works out to one regular game per season, which will begin in 2017 or 2018. According to Olivé, the country is in a good financial position to host the games.
“We’re taking steps in the right direction so that eventually, this platform (of sponsors) which we have reconstructed will enable us to talk directly to the NFL in New York about the possibility of staging games in Mexico,” he said.
The NFL has also expressed interest in hosting games outside of the US and UK by 2017, with Germany and Mexico being top contenders. Yet league spokesman, Michael Signora, would not deny or confirm AS.com’s report and was hesitant to get into specifics.
“We have visited several stadiums in recent months, and are analyzing what needs to be done to bring games to Mexico,” Signora told NFL.com.
“It is premature to comment specifically as to when this will happen, let alone how many, if any, games might be played.”
The last time an NFL game was played in Mexico was in 2005, when the San Francisco 49ers and Arizona Cardinals played in front of a league-record 103,467 fans.