NFL launches seek for companion metropolis in Germany in view of further European growth

The NFL is keen to expand its International operation by staging common season video games in Germany; league aiming to search out probably the most appropriate German city for a attainable growth of the International Series into mainland Europe

The NFL has formally launched the method to establish a partner city for regular-season video games in Germany

The league, which has staged 28 games in London since 2007 and will play two more at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in October, is aiming to find probably the most appropriate German city for a possible growth of the International Series into mainland Europe. NFL regular-season video games, which have also been played in Mexico and Canada, present a platform for cities to be showcased all over the world, as they host the NFL’s distinctive mix of intense competition, high-level athleticism, entertainment and fan engagement.

“The International Series has turn into a highlight of the sporting calendar within the UK, with many fans travelling from Germany to attend,” stated Brett Gosper, NFL Head of UK and Europe. “We are very excited about the development of our German fan base, and the time is right to determine a associate who can execute a recreation at NFL requirements as part of our worldwide growth strategy. “This process is designed to explore potential local partnerships, stadium suitability and recreation logistics. We need engaged and motivated host partners that span the public sector, venue, sport, community and major occasion spheres and may help us deliver a high-impact event and a long-term partnership.

Identifying a most popular host city is a key step in bringing regular-season NFL games to our hundreds of thousands of German fans.”

The NFL has engaged London-based The Sports Consultancy to assist within the process, together with working with fascinated cities to develop their proposals. NFL house owners recently demonstrated their dedication to international growth by passing a decision stating that from 2022 onwards all 32 clubs will play internationally a minimum of as quickly as every eight years, ensuring range of collaborating groups and long-term inventory. Up to four impartial website video games per year will be scheduled outside the US. German-born gamers are making an increasing influence on the NFL, with fullback Jakob Johnson an everyday starter for the New England Patriots during the 2020 season and two different Germans at present on NFL rosters as a half of the International Player Pathway program, David Bada (Washington) and Aaron Donkor (Seattle Seahawks).

In current seasons Sebastian Vollmer received two Super Bowls (XLIX and LI) as a half of the Patriots offensive line that protected quarterback Tom Brady, while Björn Werner was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts within the first spherical of the 2013 NFL Draft. The NFL’s regular-season games in London have attracted common crowds of greater than eighty,000 and have driven exponential progress in the NFL’s UK presence, which now consists of an NFL Academy for younger student-athletes in London, a nationwide Flag football programme and a partnership with Tottenham Hotspur that has given the League its first purpose-built NFL stadium outside the United States.

The NFL beforehand staged five preseason games in Germany between 1990 and 1994, and had a professional group presence in Germany between 1991 and 2007, with the Berlin Thunder, Cologne Centurions, Frankfurt Galaxy, Hamburg Sea Devils and Rhein Fire taking part in at varied instances within the former World League/NFL Europe League/NFL Europa.

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