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NFL cancels London, Mexico City games for 2020 regular season

NFL: OCT 14 International Series - Seahawks at Raiders Photo by Martin Leitch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

We have become accustomed to seeing NFL games outside of the United States over the past 10 years or so, but if the 2020 regular season happens, there won’t be any trip to London or Mexico City as originally planned.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the NFL has nixed its international slate and confirmed that for the first time since 2006, all games will be held in the US.

“The National Football League announced today that it will schedule all 2020 games in the United States in order for the entire season to be played in NFL teams’ stadia under consistent protocols focused on the well-being of players, personnel and fans,” an official press release said. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell made this decision after consultation with our clubs, national and local governments, the NFL Players Association, medical authorities and international stadium partners.”

The Arizona Cardinals (Mexico City), Atlanta Falcons (London), Jacksonville Jaguars (London), and Miami Dolphins (London) were slated to be the designated home teams for these international games. While none of the matchups were ever announced, the Seattle Seahawks did have road games scheduled at Arizona, Atlanta, and Miami, so there was a possibility that they would’ve traveled outside the country for a road game (just like when they made their London debut in 2018 against the Oakland Raiders).

It is expected that the full NFL regular season schedule will be released as early as this week, with contingency plans in place given the pandemic makes a traditional September start very much in doubt.