NFL Announcing U.K. Series For '18 This Week; Seahawks Could Be Among Teams In Mix
NFL U.K. tomorrow will announce the '18 NFL Int'l Series games in London, and one of the six teams that have "yet to play a regular-season game in London" could be in the mix, according to Gregg Bell of the Tacoma NEWS TRIBUNE. It is "looking more and more like the Seahawks are going to finally play" overseas. The Packers, Eagles, Panthers, Texans and Titans are the other teams to have not played overseas. The Packers and Panthers are "among the Seahawks’ opponents" in '18. The Seahawks have "resisted London calling for years, not wanting to give up one of their eight home games in any season." The NFL has rules "requiring teams playing in temporary home stadiums and ones that have recently been awarded Super Bowls to play international games." That means fans can expect the Chargers to be "playing in one of the London games this year." The Chargers are also on the Seahawks' '18 schedule, a Seattle home game. The London games are "likely to again be in October, at Wembley Stadium and at the new stadium" of EPL club Tottenham (Tacoma NEWS TRIBUNE, 1/10). In Seattle, Bob Condotta notes NFL U.K. Managing Dir Alistair Kirkwood last fall said that the league's "desire is to get every NFL team" to London "as soon as possible." The London games have "drawn some reluctance from teams and coaches due to the long trip." But the NFL has also "made it clear that the games are here to stay as the league strives to expand its brand internationally, and that every team will have to play there at some point" (SEATTLE TIMES, 1/10).