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Bucs and Seahawks to play NFL’s first game in Germany

Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will face the Seattle Seahawks on Nov. 13 in the NFL’s first regular-season game in Germany.

The NFL announced the international schedule for the 2022 season Wednesday, including three games in England in October and one in Mexico in November.

The Buccaneers and Seahawks will play at 9:30 a.m. ET at Allianz Arena in Munich.

The New Orleans Saints and Minnesota Vikings will meet on Oct. 2 and the Green Bay Packers will take on the New York Giants on Oct. 9, with both games at 9:30 a.m. ET at London’s Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. The Denver Broncos and Jacksonville Jaguars will play at London’s Wembley Stadium on Oct. 30, also at 9:30 a.m. ET.

On Nov. 21, the Arizona Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers will clash on “Monday Night Football” at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City.

The Broncos-Jaguars game will be the first NFL contest broadcast on ESPN+.

–Field Level Media

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Report: Buccaneers to play 2022 home game in Munich

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be the home team this fall when the NFL plays its first-ever regular-season game in Germany, Sports Business Journal reported Friday.

An official announcement is due Monday, at which time the Bucs’ opponent will be announced, per the report.

The NFL announced earlier this month that Munich will host one of five international games this upcoming season. One will be played in Mexico and three in London.

The Buccaneers have home games set in 2022 with their division opponents — the Falcons, Panthers and Saints – as well as with the Ravens, Packers, Chiefs and Seahawks. The Bengals and Rams, who met in Super Bowl LVI, also are on Tampa Bay’s home schedule.

In December, the NFL granted four teams access to Germany for marketing, commercialization and fan engagement as part of the NFL International Home Marketing Areas initiative. The teams were the Buccaneers, Chiefs, Patriots and Panthers.

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NFL expanding to Germany beginning in 2022

Munich will host the first-ever regular season NFL game to be played in Germany during the 2022 season, the first of four to played in the country through 2025.

The game will be one of five international games during the 2022 season, joining Mexico as well as the usual three in the UK.

Of the four games to be played in Germany, two will be in Munich and two in Frankfurt. FC Bayern Munich Stadium, home to the Bundesliga champions, will be the site of the game. Frankfurt Stadium will be the host site for that city’s two games.

“We are very pleased to welcome Munich and Frankfurt to the NFL family and are excited to reward our fans in Germany for their passion by bringing them the spectacle of regular-season NFL football,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement.

Two of the games in UK will be played at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium while the Jacksonville Jaguars will play a home game in Wembley Stadium.

The international game matchups will be announced in the coming weeks.

–Field Level Media

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NFL considering Germany as next international destination

The NFL appears to be looking at expanding international locations to host regular-season games, and Germany has emerged as the top destination to join England and Mexico as host countries as early as 2022.

According to a league memo regarding a proposed international scheduling model, the NFL currently is considering putting a game in either Munich or Berlin starting with the 2022 season.

The memo outlines the league’s tentative plan for 2022, putting two games in London, one in Mexico and one in Germany. For the upcoming 2021 season, the NFL will stage just two international games, both at London’s Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. The Atlanta Falcons will host the New York Jets on Oct. 10, and the Jacksonville Jaguars will be the home team against the Miami Dolphins the following week.

According to the memo and detailed in multiple reports, when NFL owners voted to expand the regular-season schedule to 17 games, they also agreed to a rule that would require every team to “host” at least one international game every eight years.

The New England Patriots could among the first teams to play in Germany, as owner Robert Kraft reportedly noted in 2018 that his team would “be willing to play if they’d kindly arrange that.”

A report by NBC Sports suggested the first game in Germany likely would be held at Allianz Arena, a 70,000-seat stadium that’s home to soccer team Bayern Munich, and according to the memo, it would be played on a Sunday afternoon in Germany with a 9:30 a.m. ET kickoff for American viewers.

–Field Level Media