NFL reveals home teams for London games in 2022 as sport tipped to ‘historic’ growth

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EXCLUSIVE: Sky Sports NFL expert Neil Reynolds on the league’s continued international development ahead of five games overseas in 2022 – including three in London.

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The NFL today announced the home teams will be participating in the annual International Series games, with three games scheduled in London as well as trips to Munich and Mexico City.

The announcement confirms that the resident tourist of the London Jacksonville Jaguars will be joined by the New Orleans Saints and Green Bay Packers – the sole unreleased franchise in Big Smoke – in 2022.

The Arizona Cardinals will play in Mexico, while the Tom Brady-less Tampa Bay Buccaneers will host the NFL’s first regular-season clash in Germany at Bayern Munich’s Allianz Arena. All competitors will be confirmed at a later date.

While the future of MVP backing Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay is unclear, the Packers will play in London for the first time in 2022.


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Sky Sports NFL pundit Neil Reynolds believes that the announcement of the five international matches shows that appetite for American football is growing on a global scale.

“There is one game in Mexico, three games in the UK and another game in Germany,” Reynolds said separately Mirror. “I’m not suggesting the NFL becomes a Formula One season, but I like to know what’s next: shall we look at Paris? Will there be a game in Australia?

“The world is a smaller place from a travel and from a sports fandom’s point of view.

“I feel like we’re covering the NFL in a historic moment. This is one of the greatest NFL sports stories we’re telling right now.

“People take it for granted sometimes – you can’t even get 3000 people to come to Crystal Palace to see London Monarchs. It’s amazing.”

Despite the construction of Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – the first purpose-built NFL stadium outside of North America – the iconic Wembley Stadium returns to the lineup, hosting its first game in years. 2019 after initially being the key venue when the International Championships began in 2007.

Wembley Stadium will host the Jacksonville Jaguars’ annual home game in London in 2022


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Reynolds is ‘absolutely delighted’ with the news that the NFL will be returning to Wembley – and he is also appreciative of the league’s impending German debut.

“I’m delighted that Wembley Stadium will have another game,” Reynolds said.

“I love Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, but I’ve never had a bad experience or a bad day at Wembley and I think the fans feel the same way so I’m delighted our numbers will go down. increase back to three games by 2022.

“I am even happier that Germany is getting a match. Some of my best nights in American football were in Germany during NFL Europe.

“The fans are as passionate, knowledgeable and passionate as the UK fans. They have come to see the games in London, so they deserve one of their own backyards.

“I am very happy that the split between Munich and Frankfurt will take place in the future. Munich’s stadium is incredible and I think it would be a great host, but Frankfurt has had a great history with NFL Europe.

“I can’t wait to go to that game – and I’m sure there are plenty of England fans who feel the same way.”

Bayern Munich’s Allianz Arena will host a regular-season NFL game for the first time, with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ opponent yet to be determined.


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The excitement around the international NFL community can be felt, especially in the United Kingdom. Views figures are still growing, while it is clear that the vibrant fan base in the UK continues to grow year on year.

When asked what England fans could be excited about going forward, Reynolds made it clear: “We’re going to see more commitment.

“Teams can now market themselves internationally, so you’ll see the Jets and Jaguars more involved alongside the 49ers, Bears, Dolphins and Vikings. It won’t disappear.

“Even if you see other places hosting the game, that’s not a threat to what’s going on in the UK. We’ll see more players through the NFL Academy, into the high schools. college and to the NFL.

“We are considered a real NFL market. It’s a world away from where we were 20 years ago. “

With London hosting regular-season games and divisional head-to-head games over the years, Reynolds has a number of ideas for how the NFL could continue to expand in the UK – including one Good idea about letting a team go to training camp before the start of the season. .

However, after the Super Bowl LVI match between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Los Angeles Rams was a huge success, there’s a question that’s constantly on everyone’s lips: will London ever host a Super Bowl?

“London is joining the conversation. I’ve heard us talk about franchises, the Super Bowl and a draft venue,” emphasized Reynolds.

“There are so many different opportunities for growth. Will there be a London team? Will there be a German team? Will there be a European Division?

“Can we have one team at Wembley, one team at Tottenham, one team in Munich and one team in Frankfurt? That’s why we have two cities in Germany? Have your Europe department right there. “

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