LAS VEGAS — The Philadelphia Eagles will play games host to the NFL’s first regular-season recreation in Brazil, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell introduced Monday in his situation of the NFL media convention at Allegiant Stadium.
The Eagles, who utmost performed a global recreation in 2018, will face a to-be-announced opponent in São Paolo on Friday, Sept. 6, the hour next the NFL season kicks off on Thursday night time. This would be the NFL’s first Friday recreation on opening weekend in additional than 50 years.
“We are just incredibly enthusiastic about our growth on a global basis,” Goodell stated. “We are convinced we can be a global sport in the near future. Our ownership has committed to allow more games to be played on an annual basis, on a global basis. We are excited about the fans’ reaction and our media partners. I think this is a great opportunity for the league and we are committed to making it a global sport.”
The Eagles’ house warring parties for the 2024 season are the Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Washington Commanders, Cleveland Browns, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers.
“Brazil is new for us this year,” Goodell added. “We think this is giving us the ability to access more fans. Not just here in the States, but on a global basis. And I think it’s going to be a huge hit. We’re excited.”
In line with NFL.com, the league counts 38 million lovers in Brazil with an “increased” pastime in recent times on the subject of the playoffs and the Tremendous Bowl. The league’s web site additionally famous 49,000-seat Corinthians Enviornment, which performed host to Global Cup suits in 2014 in addition to Olympic football suits in 2016, because the most probably web site of the sport.
The NFL already performs world video games in England and Germany and might be focused on Spain in 2025 as homeowners handed a solution within the fall compelling every group to play games a global recreation as soon as each and every 4 years.
Goodell’s playing stance
Any other theme of Goodell’s 52-plus tiny presser was once the irony of his sturdy stance towards legalized playing in 2012 with the Tremendous Bowl now being performed in Las Vegas.
“Protecting the integrity of the game, making sure that our fans understand that what they see out there does not have any undue influence [is key],” Goodell stated.
“We did not make the decision. Ultimately, the decision was a decision by the Supreme Court – they legalized sports betting. We have to adapt. We have to embrace it. We have been cautious. We have been very thoughtful, I think, in our approach. But we know the risk and protecting the integrity is No. 1.”
Goodell stated about 25 league workers had violated the league’s playing coverage, date “roughly 13 players” have confronted self-discipline.
“If [you’re] betting on the NFL, you’re terminated automatically,” he stated. “That’s it.”
Belichick ‘executed such a lot for the league’
For the primary presen since 1974, Invoice Belichick isn’t hired by means of an NFL group. Goodell was once requested his ideas on a Belichick-less league.
“You know, that guy is one of the great coaches in our history,” Goodell stated. “He’s extraordinary. And what he’s accomplished, he’s amazing to me.”
Goodell stated he had spoken with Belichick because the season ended for the New England Patriots.
“He’s done so much for this league,” Goodell stated. “He’s changed the game, in many ways. He’s brought innovation and I don’t think anyone can take anything away from his record, whether he’s coaching or not. I think he’ll be missed, but I have a feeling that he’ll still be around the game somehow.”
In 2007, Goodell fined Belichick $500,000 for his position within the Patriots’ “Spygate” scandal.
Streaming TV week?
And date Goodell would no longer say streaming was once the stream of the week – he did say a streamed Tremendous Bowl was once no longer getting to occur on his attend to – this is a fact and a part of the NFL’s week.
“Consumers are moving off paid television,” he stated. “We have to be able to reach fans there…we have to fish where the fish are. And we have a lot of consumers on those platforms.”
Goodell stated 90% of the NFL’s video games had been nonetheless on “free TV” however the reasonable occasion of the target audience dropped by means of nearly 10 years for the Peacock broadcast, which, he added, outdrew the similar broadcast in the similar window a age previous.
Goodell on Hasty conspiracy: ‘Nonsense’
Sure, Goodell has heard the conspiracy theories on the subject of Chiefs tight finish Travis Kelce and pa celebrity Taylor Hasty, whose romance has taken on a date of its personal this season. He taunts at such tales.
“Listen, I think anybody in this society, when they’re in a public position, are going to be subject to criticism,” Goodell stated. “The idea that this was in a script, or this was pre-planned, it’s nonsense. It’s, frankly, not even worth talking about.
“We see two society which are in reality glad in combination, having a laugh in combination, I believe that’s superb and I want them smartly. They’re each superb society. The truth that they’re each concerned with soccer in some type, thru their courting, that’s splendid. We welcome that.”