Due to COVID-19 safety concerns, the NFL has announced that it will suspend all international series for the 2020 season. The Mexico City and London games featuring teams like the Atlanta Falcons and the Miami Dolphins will be played at home instead.
In a statement issued by NFL Executive Vice President Christopher Halpin, the league’s decision is “the right one for our players, our clubs, and all our fans in the US, Mexico, and UK.”
NFL officially will not play any international games this season: pic.twitter.com/SrvsU81bSm
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 4, 2020
The NFL has grown rapidly in popularity south of the border. American Football is already Mexico’s second most popular sport and boasts the largest fanbase outside of the United States. Last year’s Mexico City game treated a full crowd to a divisional thriller between the Los Angeles Chargers and later super bowl winners, the Kansas City Chiefs.
The NFL plans to return to Estadio Azteca in 2021. If you can’t wait that long, check out our Fan Nation interview with the first NFL player from the Mexican collegiate system, Rolando Cantú.