The NFL is hell bent on establishing a greater presence in China and if you need an explanation why, then you have no idea what the NFL is about to begin with.
That greater presence and the dollars that come with it means games.
The league is determined to play a regular season game in China by 2018. It should come as no surprise the Green Bay Packers want nothing to do with that.
Packers' Mark Murphy: "We would not be in support of that … That wouldn't be something we would want to do." https://t.co/ZeiMpKeV8W
The league has been playing in London for years, but the Packers have yet to make that trip.
The reasons are simple.
The Packers aren’t going to give up a home game to play in another country because all of their home games are sold out. Opposing teams are reluctant to move a matchup with the Packers elsewhere because Green Bay draws well. In some places, the lure of the Packers turns half-empty stadiums into sold-out events.
As with anything in this conversation, it comes down to dollars, dollars and dollars.
China is a little different than London, though.
It’s a longer trip, which can throw a regimented NFL schedule into all kinds of chaos. That’s another reason Murphy brought up when expressing his distaste for the idea of playing a game there.
The league is moving forward, regardless.
It would be hard to fathom the Packers playing in China anytime soon. They still haven’t been given a London date because of the reasons mentioned above.
One day, we’ll probably be watching the Green Bay Packers live from Beijing, though.