ESPN.com reported that several teams had expressed a willingness to be involved in a game in China. “International is a big push right now,” New York Giants co-owner Steve Tisch said.
“It's fascinating to think about,” Tisch said. “It's very exciting, very exotic to think about. But if we do get to a point where the NFL plays a game in China, the logistics are going to be interesting. A lot to figure out in terms of getting there, playing there, coming back from there to the States, how do you maintain the parity with the other 30 teams who don't have to play there. So, a lot to be worked out still before that could happen.”
Houston Texans owner Bob McNair added: “We're going back to Mexico, and London has been very successful, and we're trying to introduce the NFL to more of the world, and of course that's the largest population of any country, in China. They've expressed interest, so I suspect, yeah, we'll have a game over there. A lot of the value of the league is in the value of exposure of the media.
Advertisers pay money based on how many people are seeing what they have to say. So, the more people you have watching what you're doing, the more value your content has.”
The NFL stages its first return to Mexico since 2005 in November, when The Texans face the Oakland Raiders, which will also be the first Monday Night Football game staged outside the US.
The International Series returns to London in 2016 at Twickenham Stadium and Wembley Stadium in October.
Last year, NFL clubs approved a nine-year extension to a resolution enabling regular-season games to be played outside the US.