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NFL is Going to China, Green Bay Packers Are Not

Mark Murphy

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.

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.

Joseph Bonham

Joseph is a fiction writer when he isn't doing this. In his spare time he likes to do manly things like drink beer and procreate.



  1. Phatgzus April 8, 2016

    And every player who heads over there will have their career cut in half thanks to the air quality, sounds like fun.

    On the other hand, I wouldn’t mind the NFL fielding a team over there-the Nanjing Vikings has a nice ring to it, nothing like reliving 1937 over and over every season ad infinitum.

  2. Howard April 8, 2016

    大姜间隙的牙齿告诉姜锤子把它推了他的屁股。孔想法是FUBAR 。这是没有意义的,大部分的中国人都会有他们在看什么没有他妈的想法。

  3. David April 8, 2016

    I could see some crappy West Coast teams that can’t fill their stadium going. Less of a time zone change… the least amount of travel.

    Chargers – 49ers

  4. g April 8, 2016

    The international football league

  5. PF4L April 8, 2016

    This sounds like an interesting story, if in fact it is even a story, maybe in 2018.

  6. Timbuktoo April 9, 2016

    I would love to see the Packers play in London. Only a 90min flight from France. The stadium is packed every time a NFL match is played. Already seen my local team from Western Australia play in London twice…..its gonna happen just when?? Go Pack!!
    I have been to Lambeau once to see Favre rip the Vikings 34 – 0….

  7. Savage57 April 9, 2016

    Packers should go. Eating the tiger penis and panda testicle soup might give them that asian vitality that’s been missing from their game.