If there is one constant in pro sports it’s that nothing ever stays the same.
That is especially true in pro football.
And now the NFL is considering one major change that will leave fans speechless.
Even though the NFL just inked new 11-year TV deals worth over $100 billion, the NFL is always looking for the next big financial score.
The league appears to be settling on expanding the number of regular season games in Europe with Germany looking like the most likely target.
Peter King reported in his Football Morning in America column:
I asked Chris Halpin on Friday what an ideal NFL schedule might look like in five years, in the 2026 season. “Maybe four games in London—two from the inventory of games teams voted on this year, maybe two with teams [such as Jacksonville] volunteering for games there. And maybe one in Germany and one in Mexico,” Halpin said. So six in all. That’s one more than the most the NFL has played outside the country; in 2017 and 2019, the league had four games in London and one in Mexico City. The fast-riser in international circles: Germany. The NFL is bullish on playing one game a season, starting either in 2022 or 2023, in Germany. The likely first venue would be nearly NFL-ready Allianz Stadium in Munich, home grounds for Bayern Munich. Frankfurt, Berlin and Cologne/Dusseldorf could also host.
King noted that the ratings in Germany as well as subscriptions to NFL’s pay per view model in Germany show there is an audience hungry for the pro game.
“This year, the NFL had 2.2 million people in Germany watching as an average-minute audience (that’s the way Nielsen rates NFL games here) at least part of the Super Bowl—and the game was on there in the early hours of Monday. Plus, subscriptions to the NFL’s big pay-TV model, NFL GamePass, were up 30 percent worldwide last year. That is a huge revenue stream,” King also reported.
The NFL is always looking for ways to expand its television broadcast schedule due to the fact that the league is the only sure fire ratings draw.
Adding more games in Europe would permit the league to air more games at 9:30AM in an exclusive window on Sundays.
Sports with Balls will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.