By KEN MAGUIRE
MUNICH (AP) — The NFL plans to play more regular season games in Germany, possibly sooner than expected.
League commissioner Roger Goodell told a fan forum in Munich on Saturday that the NFL will host “at least” four games in Germany through 2025.
The current deal includes Sunday’s first game in Germany as well as an annual game over the next three seasons – Munich and Frankfurt each hosting twice.
“In our commitment, we’re going to play the next four years, at least, and with at least four games,” Goodell said before Sunday’s game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Seattle Seahawks at Allianz Arena. “I wouldn’t be surprised if it expanded beyond that at some point soon.”
The commissioner did not respond to questions from the media, but his comments could indicate the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs are pushing for next year’s game.
There are questions about the availability of Azteca Stadium in Mexico City in 2023. Azteca, which will host the San Francisco 49ers and Arizona Cardinals on Nov. 21, could be undergoing renovations next year in preparation for the World Cup. world 2026.
Germany has become the NFL’s biggest market in Europe and Munich has been buzzing all week about Sunday’s game, headlined by seven-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady.
Besides Munich and Frankfurt, Düsseldorf had reached the shortlist of eight German cities that had initially offered to host matches.
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