Feb 7, 2020; Tampa, FL, USA;  General view of the NFL Shield logo on the field before Super Bowl LV between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Kansas City Chiefs at Raymond James Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

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

Feb 2, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; A view of the Super Bowl Live Logo as the Direct TV blimp flies over before Super Bowl LI. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports

Analysts predict increase in NFL bets this season

A recent survey by the American Gaming Association suggests that a lack of attendance at pro football stadiums won’t hurt the sports betting industry this season.

The AGA report says some 13 percent of American adults will bet on NFL games in some form this season, including a spike in those who will wager through online sportsbooks, both legal and illegal.

According to the survey, 11.3 million Americans will place an online bet of some kind, up 5 percent from last season.

Legal brick and mortar operations are also expected to get a boost of 2 percent, with 6.6 million people expected to wager there.

The report says that 18 percent of respondents plan to wager with a bookie, up from 12 percent last season.

The bulk of NFL bets are casual bets made with friends and family or coworkers, but that number is expected to drop by 3 percent to 16.6 million.

The AGA report states that the NFL remains the most popular league to bet on, interesting 93 percent of sports bettors. It also projects that the NFL will see a $2.3 billion annual gain from sports bettors, due to increased fan engagement.

The season begins Thursday night, with the Kansas City Chiefs hosting the Houston Texans at 8:20 p.m. ET.

–Field Level Media