Marcus McElroy | On 10, Feb 2016
As the NFL expands, it racks up more profits and fans across the world. While 64% of Americans (roughly 204 million people) watch the NFL regularly, with 73% of viewers being male and 55% being female, an additional 202 million outside the U.S. watch the NFL.
The NFL plays 16 regular games in a regular season and some teams already play in different countries, such the Kansas City Chiefs who played the Detroit Lions in the United Kingdom on November 1, 2015. As football gets more and more popular worldwide, more countries would like to host NFL games.
It was recently announced that the Oakland Raiders will host the Houston Texans at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City on Monday night, November 21, 2016. The game will be televised live on ESPN in the United States and on Televisa and ESPN in Mexico. According to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, “We have a large, tremendous, passionate fan base in Mexico, and we know the atmosphere on game day will be outstanding.”
The last time a game was played in Mexico City was October 2, 2005, when the Arizona Cardinals defeated the San Francisco 31-14. There was roughly 105,000 people in attendance for the game that day. NFL Commissioner will be in attending the game to make sure things run smoothly. The NFL is expecting at least 110,000 to be in attendance and 198 million to be watching worldwide.