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NFL clubs expand commitment to playing International regular-season games

Posted Oct 7, 2015

RESOLUTION PERMITS LEAGUE TO SCHEDULE INTERNATIONAL GAMES THROUGH 2025, INCLUDING IN COUNTRIES & TERRITORIES BEYOND UNITED KINGDOM

NFL clubs today approved at a league meeting in New York a resolution which extends the ability to play international regular-season games through 2025 and broadens the league’s opportunity to play games in countries other than the United Kingdom.

The decision expands upon the 2011 resolution which permitted the NFL to schedule international regular-season games in the UK through the 2016 season.

“This marks an important step in our long-term international growth,” said NFL Commissioner ROGER GOODELL“Fans in the UK have responded incredibly well to the regular-season games we have played in London since 2007. They have demanded more NFL games, and we have worked to accommodate them. We think it’s time to expand our International Series to other countries and respond to the growing interest in our game not only in the UK, but elsewhere around the world.”

The 2016 schedule of international regular-season games will be announced later this fall, with other countries in contention to host games next season in addition to the UK.

Earlier this year, the NFL and the English Premier League’s Tottenham Hotspur franchise announced an agreement to play a minimum of two games per year during a 10-year partnership at Tottenham’s new state-of-the-art stadium, due to open in the summer of 2018.

Wembley Stadium, the site of 12 NFL International Series games to date, including Sunday’s contest between the New York Jets and Miami Dolphins before a sellout crowd of 83,986, will host two more games this season – the Buffalo Bills-Jacksonville Jaguars game on October 25 and the Detroit Lions-Kansas City Chiefs game on November 1.  Wembley is expected to continue to host NFL games in future seasons.

NFL owners approved a resolution in 2006 to present up to two international regular-season games per season from 2007-2011.  The 2011 resolution was UK-focused and permitted the NFL the flexibility to decide the number of UK games from year to year.  Today’s vote ensures a continuation of international regular-season games through the 2025 season and expands the league’s ability to play those games in countries and territories beyond the UK.

Since introducing International Series games in 2007, the NFL has achieved accelerated growth in the UK.

Sunday viewership of NFL games has more than doubled and the Super Bowl audience has increased more than 75 percent since the start of the International Series.  The league also has developed new and stronger business partnerships and according to internal research, has a UK fan base of more than 13 million.

Participation in amateur football in the UK has risen by approximately 15 percent per year since 2007, with the latest figures showing that 40,000 people age 16 or older play regularly.

Date

Visiting Team

Score

Home Team

Score

Attendance

October 28, 2007

New York Giants

13

Miami Dolphins

10

81,176

October 26, 2008

San Diego Chargers

32

New Orleans Saints

37

83,226

October 25, 2009

New England Patriots

35

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

7

84,254

October 31, 2010

Denver Broncos

16

San Francisco 49ers

24

83,941

October 23, 2011

Chicago Bears

24

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

18

76,981

October 28, 2012

New England Patriots

45

St. Louis Rams

7

84,004

September 29, 2013

Pittsburgh Steelers

27

Minnesota Vikings

34

83,518

October 27, 2013

San Francisco 49ers

42

Jacksonville Jaguars

10

83,559

September 28, 2014

Miami Dolphins

38

Oakland Raiders

14

83,436

October 26, 2014

Detroit Lions

22

Atlanta Falcons

21

83,532

November 9, 2014

Dallas Cowboys

31

Jacksonville Jaguars

17

83,603

October 4, 2015

New York Jets

27

Miami Dolphins

14

83,986

October 25, 2015

Buffalo Bills

 

Jacksonville Jaguars

 

 

November 1, 2015

Detroit Lions

 

Kansas City Chiefs

 

 


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