On Sunday, the NFL will play its 29th regular season in London. And for the 29th time in a row, it won’t have two winning teams (1-3 Jets vs 1-3 Falcons).
thinking about him: The NFL has been moving to London since 2007 — the same year the first iPhones debuted — and have yet to field two winning teams at once.
- This is partly due to misfortune, as games that looked good on paper were becoming less appealing by the time teams took the field.
- It also doesn’t help that the Jaguars – perennial losers – have played a London game every season since 2013 (except in 2020, when the London games were cancelled).
big picture: The NFL has recently been taking steps to expand its global footprint beyond London and Mexico City (hosts since 2016).
- it will hold a international alliance In London next week, according to The Athletic, there are plans for future combinations in Mexico and sub-Saharan Africa. (contribution).
- league is also look at germany — a center of American football — as a host for future games, and teams will be provided soon exclusive business access for international markets.
- This is all to say: If the NFL is serious about global expansion, it should probably schedule better matchups overseas for those spectators — even if that angers American fans who can’t attend.
What will happen next: That absurd streak will hit 30 straight next week when the Dolphins (1-3 currently) play the Jaguars (currently 0-4).
go in: Full list of London Games (Twitter)