Commissioner Roger Goodell wants the NFL to be a global game.
There has been talk of having a franchise in a foreign country.
But one NFL coach thinks the idea would be terrible and he didn’t mince words.
Over the past few years, the NFL has scheduled games in London and the fanfare has been tepid.
This past week the Patriots and Raiders played a regular season game in Mexico City, and Patriots head coach Bill Belichick was not at all a fan.
From CBS Sports:
Hopefully, NFL fans in Mexico got their fill of the Patriots over the weekend because it doesn’t sound like the team will be returning to the country anytime soon, at least if Bill Belichick has anything to say about it.
After watching his team beat the Raiders 33-8 on Sunday, the Patriots coach was asked if he had any interest in returning to Mexico City for a future game.
“Personally, I wouldn’t be in any big rush to do it again,” Belichick said Monday during his weekly appearance on WEEI in Boston. “It’s a long way to go for a game.”
To get ready for the game and the high altitude in Mexico City, the Patriots ended up spending more than a week away from home. After beating the Broncos in Week 10, the Patriots spent the week in Colorado before flying to Mexico on Saturday.
The Patriots have made an international trip before — they went to London in both 2009 and 2012 — but Belichick said the trip to Mexico was more difficult.
“There’s a lot to it in terms of all the logistics of it,” Belichick said. “They are not used to having a NFL team so you have to go in there and handle a lot of the logistics. It took a lot of man power, a lot of hours, a lot of energy out of our organization to do that. This week, we’re tired. We are exhausted from the trip. It was a good trip, but it took a lot out of us I think.”
With the NFL announcing over the weekend that the league will be holding games in Mexico through the 2021 season, we can probably go ahead assume that the Patriots won’t be requesting to be sent there.
“I don’t think I’d necessarily be in any big rush to go back and do that again,” Belichick said. “But if that is where the game is scheduled, sure we’ll play it there.”
Belichick was also happy that his team didn’t get caught in a natural disaster. Not only is Mexico City still dealing with the after effects of a 7.1 earthquake that hit on September 19, but a volcano just outside the city has been threatening to erupt for nearly six weeks now.
“Players did a great job dealing with all the challenges that we had to deal with. I think we’re fortunate there was no volcano eruptions, earthquakes or anything else while we were down there,” Belichick said. “I mean you have two NFL franchises in an area that I don’t know how stable the geological plates that were below us [were], but nothing happened so that was good.”
Perhaps instead of expanding to foreign markets, the NFL should focus on securing its dwindling fan base due to the divisive anti-American anthem protests.