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Raiders, Bucs Among Five Teams Selected To Host '19 NFL Int'l Games

The NFL will play a total of four games in London this upcoming season
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The NFL announced that the Jaguars, Rams, Chargers, Raiders and Buccaneers "will host international games" in '19, according to ESPN.com. Dates and opponents "will be announced at a later date." The league "will play four games in London and one in Mexico City next season" (ESPN.com, 12/12). In Tampa, Rick Stroud notes as part of the Bucs' bid to host Super Bowl LV in '21, the team "had to agree to forfeit a home game within five years of that announcement." The Bucs are 0-2 in London, losing games played there in '09 and '11 (TAMPA BAY TIMES, 12/13). In Green Bay, Richard Ryman writes the Packers' chances of playing in an international game as an away team in '19 "are low." Packers President & CEO Mark Murphy has said that the team is "willing to play internationally, but they will not give up a home game to do so." So far, no opponent "has yet wanted to give up hosting" the Packers in their own stadium "because of the likelihood of a sellout" (GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE, 12/13).