A Spanish report was released earlier today that the NFL had agreed to play regular season games in Mexico, but these reports have now been labeled 'premature' by the NFL.
Spanish website AS announced earlier today that the NFL had agreed with Mexico to host five official games, one per season, from 2017 or 2018.
NFL Mexico Director Arturo Olivé told AS: “We’re taking steps in the right direction so that eventually, this platform (of sponsors) which we have reconstructed will enable us to talk directly to the NFL in New York about the possibility of staging games in Mexico."
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However, an official NFL Spokesman Michael Signora told ProFootballTalk that these reports are 'premature' as no deal is yet to be agreed.
He said: “We are pleased with the growth in fan demand and the increased partner support we have enjoyed in recent years. With this in mind, we are actively assessing the opportunity to play games in Mexico.
"We have visited several stadiums in recent months, and are analyzing what needs to be done to bring games to Mexico. It is premature to comment specifically as to when this will happen, let alone how many, if any, games might be played.”
The NFL is clearly looking to play games once again in Mexico for the first time since 2005 when a game between the Arizona Cardinals and the San Francisco 49ers under the name NFL Futbol Americano.
The only International regular season games scheduled at the moment are those at Wembley Stadium in London, United Kingdom, and at the Northumberland Development Project in the recently announced partnership between the NFL and Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur.
Whether or not any NFL games will be played in Mexico anytime soon is yet to be confirmed. From the words of the spokesman, it looks like it is in the pipeline.
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