The NFL has decided to return to Mexico after a decade-long hiatus. In an effort to expand the league's presence out of the U.S., as it has done in the United Kingdom, the league has decided to pit the Houston Texans and Oakland Raiders against each other in the capital of Mexico on November 21st during the 2016 season. The news was announced yesterday in a press conference by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
"Expanding our International Series of regular-season games to Mexico marks an important step in our continued international growth. We have a tremendous, passionate fan base in Mexico and we know the atmosphere on game day will be outstanding." - NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell
The NFL last went to Mexico in 2005, when the Cardinals defeated the 49ers soundly 31-14 in front of a crowd of over 100,000 people in Mexico City in the league's first international regular-season game. The NFL's International Series has been a resounding success ever since its inception, and the owners gave the league a vote of confidence by voting to allow the series to continue through 2025.
The league estimates that they have a fan base over 13 million strong in the United Kingdom, the center of their efforts to spread the game. Goodell is hoping that games in Mexico will help the league convert some of the country's 122 million citizens into fans of America's favorite game.