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