February 26, 2024


“Bringing the NFL to new continents, international locations, and cities around the globe is a important aspect of our plan to proceed to develop the sport globally.”

Roger Goodell, left, poses with with the Mayor of Sao Paulo, Brazil, Ricardo Nunes. AP Picture/LM Otero

IRVING, Texas (AP) — The NFL is including Brazil as its first regular-season vacation spot in South America subsequent 12 months.

A rise within the variety of worldwide video games by 2025 means different new cities are on the way in which.

The league mentioned Wednesday on the house owners conferences within the Dallas space the 2024 recreation can be performed at Area Corinthians in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The stadium has a capability of almost 50,000 and was a venue for the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics.

The NFL additionally introduced a doubling of the potential worldwide video games from 4 to eight in 2025, not counting an extra recreation that Jacksonville has the choice of together with annually.

There have been 5 worldwide video games this 12 months, three 12 months in London and the primary two in Frankfurt, Germany. There can be 5 extra subsequent season — one other three in London together with a return to Germany and the addition of Brazil.

Spain received robust consideration for the bid that went to Brazil, and the NFL made it clear a regular-season recreation was coming to the European nation in some unspecified time in the future. A return to Mexico additionally is predicted.

“I believe our focus is on the place are these subsequent markets based mostly on the place the fan ardour exists, the place the chance is to have the best influence,” mentioned Peter O’Reilly, the NFL’s government vp for membership enterprise, and worldwide and league occasions. “It’s not mapped in the present day, and that’s the flexibleness we’ve working with the golf equipment.”

On the December house owners conferences two years in the past, the league designated house advertising rights for groups in numerous international locations as a part of a method to construct fan progress internationally. Miami is the one staff with such rights in Brazil.

“Bringing the NFL to new continents, international locations and cities around the globe is a important aspect of our plan to proceed to develop the sport globally,” Commissioner Roger Goodell mentioned. “Brazil has established itself as a key marketplace for the NFL.”

Pollster IBOPE Repucom revealed a research in February by which it mentioned the NFL has greater than 35 million followers in Brazil. In 2013, solely 3 million Brazilians paid consideration to the game, the pollster mentioned.

Native estimates say 2.5 million Brazilians watched this 12 months’s Tremendous Bowl, nearly 20% extra compared with the earlier version. Brazil has the second-largest worldwide fan base behind Mexico.

Sao Paulo Mayor Ricardo Nunes led the Brazilian contingent that made a presentation to house owners in Texas, and smiled extensively as he held a soccer throughout a information convention.

“The correct alternative was made,” Nunes mentioned by a translator. “With the sport in Sao Paulo, Brazil will surpass Mexico as solely behind the U.S. by way of complete variety of followers.”

The stadium in Sao Paulo belongs to Corinthians, one among Brazil’s hottest soccer groups, and is a part of the nation’s bid to host the 2027 Girls’s World Cup.

“We’re immensely pleased and proud with this partnership,” outgoing Corinthians president Duilio Monteiro Alves mentioned. “There have been many months of research and negotiations, together with two visits to Europe and lots of conferences on the stadium so we might get right here.”

In different information Wednesday:

— Los Angeles will host the Tremendous Bowl to wrap up the 2026 season. Meaning LA will get a Tremendous Bowl, World Cup soccer and the Summer time Olympics in a bit greater than a two-year span. The 2028 Video games can be in Southern California.

— NFL government vp of soccer operations Troy Vincent mentioned the league will significantly contemplate banning the so-called hip-drop deal with. Goodell echoed Vincent’s feedback.

The deal with ends in gamers being dragged down from behind and has led to severe lower-body accidents for Dallas operating again Tony Pollard and Baltimore tight finish Mark Andrews, amongst others.

— Vincent dismissed as false a report suggesting the league or Goodell needed to do away with the “tush push” quarterback sneak perfected by Philadelphia. Goodell mentioned he desires to listen to either side of the dialogue after the season.

“Philly does it higher than everybody else. That’s a reality,” Vincent mentioned. “You received’t wish to punish anybody for doing one thing nicely.”

— Vincent mentioned kickoffs have turn out to be a “useless ceremonial play” with the infrequency of returns. The league desires to listen to concepts from coaches on bettering the return fee of lower than 20% this season with out reversing the progress on accidents.

“We’d prefer to see that increased, however we additionally wish to be certain that the damage fee is addressed,” Goodell mentioned. “We’re going to should do what we’ve carried out earlier than, which is make the sport extra thrilling and make it safer on the similar time. We’ve confirmed we are able to try this, and we’re going to do it.”

The league is utilizing a one-year rule that enables honest catches wherever on the sector. They’re the identical as touchbacks, with the ball positioned on the 25-yard line.

— Vincent mentioned the league will evaluation the rule that provides the protection the ball on the 20-yard line on a fumble into the top zone and out of bounds. Some argue the offensive staff ought to preserve the ball the place the fumble occurred.

“Many imagine it could be too punitive with that penalty,” Vincent mentioned.


AP Sports activities Author Mauricio Savarese contributed from Sao Paulo, Brazil.


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