I have grown weary of the National Football League, a League that is based in America geared towards American fans, trying to cater to those overseas. No offense to fans in Europe and abroad, but this latest thought process by the league to play a 17th game, and make that game a regular season game, is just absurd. The story reads that the league would get rid of a preseason game, which that I am all for, but then send players overseas to play a game that actually counts.
This would not start until at least the 2009 season, and in doing this it would make it far since each and every team would play a game overseas, that way a team would not lose a home game. That thought I can deal with, since I am not so sure the fans of the Miami Dolphins are pleased this season that the fish are losing a home game, and a marquee game, against the New York Giants since they are staging that game in London in October.
The NFL is talking about putting games in London (as they will in 2007), Germany, Mexico, and Canada. I can understand Canada since it is close enough to the US, and even Mexico, but the thought of a team traveling to London and Germany I would think would reek havoc on teams that are in the middle of playoff runs. Sure it would be tough for both teams making the trip, but the distractions and the jet lag and what not I am sure would be enough to drive any head coach crazy.
The premise of moving games to other venues just doesn’t really make any true sense. The game is popular enough in the US that most games are already sold out, and the sport is popular enough abroad where it has thrived without having to move anything other than preseason games there already. It’s a dicey subject that the league really needs to think twice about before they go putting it in motion. If discussed long enough, the cons of doing it really outweigh the pros.