The NFL looks set to further expand its international borders with a regular season game expected to take place in China in 2018.
Reports in the LA Times and NFL.com both state that the Los Angeles Rams, newly re-homed from St. Louis, will sacrifice one of their home games to take American Football to Asia.
The Rams are currently in the process of moving to Los Angeles in time for next season, with a stadium and entertainment complex to be built by owner (and Arsenal shareholder) Stan Kroenke scheduled to open in 2019.
While the NFL has successfully brought regular season games to London in the shape of the International Series, they have failed in previous attempts to take the game to the Far East. In 2007, the NFL had planned to play in China before rescheduling for 2009 and eventually scrapping the fixture.
The 2018 game in China would form part of the Rams’ pact to play three international games over the next three years, with their match-up against the New York Giants already set to be Twickenham’s first-ever NFL fixture this October.
Mexico and Germany are also seen as likely destinations for overseas fixtures as league commissioner Roger Goodell attempts to expand the sport.