What, you thought London was the end of the NFL's global aspirations?
As we close in on the 10th season of the NFL's International Series -- limited exclusively to London thus far -- the the league is beginning to stretch its gaze beyond the UK. The Oakland Raiders and Houston Texans will meet in Mexico City in November and now, according to Alex Marvez of Fox Sports and Albert Breer of NFL.com, Germany and China have been raised as possibilities.
While no specifics as far as teams, dates or stadiums have been offered, Marvez reports multiple teams are interested in participating in the NFL's first ever game in China.
With the league's foothold in England now firmly established -- the league will add a second "second-home" across the pond in Twickenham Stadium later this year -- Mexico, Germany and China make sense as new international markets. Germany was, by far, the most receptive NFL Europe market, Mexico has a healthy appetite for American football and China is, well, China. The Chinese population now outpaces our own by more than 1 billion people.
NFL.com notes that no votes are required for approval of games in China and Germany as the league's owners previously authorized scheduling of additional international games.