Report: NFL to expand international slate of games

The report from Sports Business Journal stated that team owners could vote on an expanded slate of international games. According to the proposal, teams would be required to give up a home game for an international game once every four years. That would cut the eight-year rotation established in 2022 in half. “We’re really excited about that,” Goodell said last week. “I am convinced that this game is going to be a global sport,” Goodell continued. Since the eight-year rotation began, there have been five annual international games. If this verdict were to pass, that number could potentially go up to nine. Per SPJ, this would enable the league to expand international contests to new countries like Brazil and Spain without removing already-popular games in Germany and London. Long term, the NFL could increase inventory in burgeoning NFL markets like Germany and Mexico. According to the report, the system would not have to be fully implemented at the onset. However, one source told SBJ that the current international inventory is “insufficient” to the league’s current demand.