NFL announces all international games for 2020 season have been canceled due to coronavirus
To this point, the NFL has pushed full steam ahead when it comes to the 2020 season. While some initially called out the NFL’s decisions to allow offseason transactions and hold the 2020 NFL Draft as scheduled, those decisions by the NFL have proved wise and created plenty of sports talk in a time with little else going on.
However, the NFL has just announced its first roadblock in holding the 2020 season as scheduled as the league has announced five international games for the coming season have been canceled. These games will still be played, they will just be played in the United States, instead.
The NFL was scheduled to have one game in Mexico City and four games in London in 2020.
“After considerable analysis, we believe the decision to play all our games domestically this season is the right one for our players, our clubs, and all our fans in the US, Mexico and UK,” NFL executive vice president, chief strategy and growth officer Christopher Halpin said via NFL.com. “We greatly appreciate the support of our governmental and stadium partners in Mexico and the United Kingdom, who all agree with this decision, and we look forward to returning for games in both countries in the 2021 season.
“We also thank our incredible fans in those territories for their passionate support of the NFL. We will continue to serve them through our outstanding media partners and by being active supporters of both grassroots football and COVID-19 relief efforts in Mexico and the UK.”
The NFL teams that were scheduled to travel overseas in 2020 were the Arizona Cardinals, the Atlanta Falcons, the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Miami Dolphins.