While the NFL by and enormous continues to develop 12 months after 12 months, the largest hurdle that the league finally faces when it comes to growth is the truth that soccer has all the time remained a nationally regional sport, slightly than an internationally-viable recreation reminiscent of soccer.
The league pays lip service to the concept of increasing its attain, committing to enjoying video games elsewhere, primarily in England, however extra lately has dedicated to enjoying a sure variety of video games in different international locations, reminiscent of in Mexico, the place there’s a largely wholesome fanbase for the game.
The Pittsburgh Steelers are far and away among the many hottest NFL groups within the nation, insofar as any crew has nationwide enchantment, however the crew has talked about doubtlessly enjoying a recreation there with out it ever creating right into a concrete plan.
There are, in fact, financial elements concerned, which even operating again Najee Harris acknowledged, significantly if Pittsburgh has to play a ‘home’ recreation there. “We’ll lose money if we go over there, because they’ll split the revenue”, he informed AS Mexico.
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“But I think that one day we’ll for sure find a game to play in Mexico. I just don’t know when it will be. Hopefully that can be within the next year or whatever”, he added. “I have been here and talked about trying to find a game out there because of how much of a fanbase they’ve got. But, just trying to find a good date for it to work out with the Steelers”.
Harris had the chance to go to the nation in April as a part of the Steelers’ NFL Draft plans, traveling to Mexico in order to be there to announce the team’s fourth-round draft pick, which as you recognize by now wound up being Memphis broad receiver Calvin Austin III.
While there, he participated in various media occasions, together with participating in a cooking present that resulted in him consuming, if reminiscence serves, a grasshopper taco, which…good on him. He additionally performed soccer with some youngsters who had been collaborating in an NFL Play 60 occasion.
Pittsburgh will not be enjoying in Mexico in 2022, however may it doubtlessly occur in 2023? Certainly. They can have 9 house video games subsequent season, as properly, so even when they had been pressured to play a house recreation there, they might nonetheless have eight extra at…Acrisure Stadium.