Beginning with the 2005 season, the National Football League has launched what is known as the “NFL International Series.” With the exception of 2006, the league has played one regular season contest on foreign soil annually since then.
Sunday’s Chicago Bears and Tampa Bay Buccaneers matchup was the most recent installment in this experimental series. For the most part, the game was one-sided until the Bears nearly blew a three score lead in the fourth quarter. It was an exciting contest but for all the wrong reasons.
It’s obvious why the NFL is playing games overseas–globalization. Seeing how powerful the game of football has become in America, makes the opportunity to invest the sport across the world a wise decision.
However, the experiment needs to stop.
There’s multiple reasons the International Series will never produce anything more than a yearly low quality contest between two teams who would have been bound for an early afternoon kickoff anyway.
Here’s seven reasons why the NFL’s experiment in London will never equate to anything: