Feb 5, 2024; Las Vegas, NV, USA; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell speaks at a press conference in advance of Super Bowl LVIII between the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Madrid to host NFL regular-season game in 2025

The NFL will play a regular-season game in Madrid in 2025, the league announced Friday.

Spain’s capital city is the first new market to be confirmed for the 2025 International Games. Madrid will become the fourth European city to host a regular-season contest, joining London, Frankfurt (Germany) and Munich (Germany).

The game will be played at the iconic Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, home to Spanish soccer club Real Madrid C.F.

“Playing a game in Madrid in 2025 highlights the continued expansion of the league’s global footprint and the accelerated ambitions to take our game to more fans around the world,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said. “We are proud to partner with Real Madrid C.F., a global brand, together with the City of Madrid and Comunidad de Madrid, to bring a spectacular regular season game to Spain at the world-class Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.”

Sao Paulo, Brazil, will host the first NFL regular-season game in South America during the upcoming season. The Philadelphia Eagles will face a yet-to-be determined opponent in Week 1 on Friday, Sept. 6.

–Field Level Media

Feb 12, 2023; Glendale, AZ, USA; A general view of the NFL shield logo on the field before Super Bowl LVII between the Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: NFL targets Spain or Brazil for 2024 game

The NFL will soon decide whether it will put a 2024 regular-season game in Spain or Brazil, league executive vice president Peter O’Reilly said Tuesday, according to multiple media reports.

Last month, the NFL told its teams that Madrid, Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo were all possibilities to host future games. Sports Business Journal and Front Office Sports reported that the verdict as to the 2024 site will be made in December or January. If either Spain or Brazil winds up getting a contest, Germany’s allotment of games next year would be reduced from two to one.

O’Reilly said, according to Front Office Sports, “There’s real opportunity. Germany is a unique market with the history of NFL Europe and how strong the American football legacy is there, but the reason we’re looking at Brazil and Spain is based on the size of the fanbases there.”

The NFL is playing five international games this year. The first was contested at Wembley Stadium in London (a 23-7 Jacksonville Jaguars win over the Atlanta Falcons on Oct. 1), and the next two were held at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London (the Jaguars beat the Buffalo Bills 25-20 on Oct. 8, and the Baltimore Ravens defeated the Tennessee Titans 24-16 on Sunday).

The last two are slated for next month in Frankfurt, Germany: Miami Dolphins versus Kansas City Chiefs on Nov. 5 and Indianapolis Colts versus New England Patriots on Nov. 12.

The 2022 slate also included five international games: three in London, one in Munich, Germany, and one in Mexico City. However, Mexico isn’t in the mix this year or next year with Estadio Azteca undergoing renovations ahead of the 2026 World Cup.

The last time the NFL staged a regular-season game in a country other than the United States, England, Germany or Mexico was 2013, when the Buffalo Bills faced the Falcons in Canada. The Bills played a home game in Toronto every year from 2008-13.

NFL exhibition games have been staged in Japan (14 times between 1976 and 2005), Sweden (1988), Spain (1993-94), Ireland (1997) and Australia (1999).

–Field Level Media

Dec 27, 2020; Houston, Texas, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back Samaje Perine (34) celebrates with offensive guard Quinton Spain (67) after scoring a touchdown against the Houston Texans during the fourth quarter at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Bengals bring back G Quinton Spain on one-year deal

Dec 15, 2019; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals offensive tackle Bobby Hart (68) warms up prior to a game against the New England Patriots at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

The Cincinnati Bengals retained guard Quinton Spain with a one-year contract on Tuesday.

Spain was an unrestricted free agent after finishing the 2020 season with the Bengals. The deal is worth $1.12 million, according to spotrac.

The 29-year-old Spain appeared in four games (two starts) for the Buffalo Bills last season before being benched and eventually released on Oct. 21. He was picked up by Cincinnati and started eight of nine games played.

Spain has started 74 of 79 games played during six NFL seasons. He signed with Tennessee as an undrafted free agent out of West Virginia prior to the 2015 season and started 48 of 50 games over four seasons with the Titans.

He started all 16 games for the Bills in 2019 and was signed to a three-year, $15 million deal after the campaign before falling out of favor last season.

–Field Level Media