‘Emotionally, we are part of the NFL’: Why Germany is the next target for pro football

‘Emotionally, we are part of the NFL’: Why Germany is the next target for pro football

Carl Peterson, the former Kansas City Chiefs executive, attended by his count 12 of the 15 World Bowls, the championship games of NFL Europe, the old developmental league that last played in 2007.

Of those games, the ones in Germany always stood out to him.

“Anytime and every time it was held in Frankfurt (or) Dusseldorf there was a sellout of 45, 50, 55,000 people,” said Peterson, who was an NFL Europe board member. “Germans really liked our game. I think they love the tailgating part of it too, festive group.”

That is the historical backdrop for the NFL’s announcement Wednesday it had begun a process to identify a partner city for regular-season games in Germany. The NFL is aiming to find the most suitable German metro for a possible expansion of the International Series into mainland Europe.

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