Ultimately Roger Goodell and the NFL will decide what is more important; player safety with the Los Angeles Rams and the Kansas City Chiefs, or the promotional good times that accompany a football game.
The National Football League has one of its best games on tap in front of a national TV audience that will feature the Los Angeles Rams and the Kansas City Chiefs, as well as a bad field in Mexico City that could be a mistake the league could avoid. But in these days of globalism and corporate expansion, commissioner Roger Goodell will have to make a decision that goes against the plan of an international footprint and his own sense of vanity.
According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the turf at Azteca Stadium remains a “mess”, but as is all things that are built to propagate a league agenda hell-bent on expansion, expect the NFL to go until the eleventh hour to play a game someplace they simply don’t need to be.
Seriously outside of London, is their a plan to place a team in Mexico City?
No, London is still Destination One for the league and anyone from the Jacksonville Jaguars to maybe even the Los Angeles Chargers for relocation, so expect the NFL to burn the midnight oil to find a way, any way to keep that game in Azteca Stadium.
Ultimately the hope is the league keeps players safety in mind. The fact that this is a game featuring two teams who have a Super Bowl trajectory in 2018 should be a primary concern. That said even if this were the New York Jets playing the Oakland Raiders, safety and the integrity of the game should be the only concern for Goodell and his aspirations for the NFL beyond our borders.
If the league bows to any outside distractions from disgruntled fans who made travel plan to government officials who might put the kibosh on any future games there, they’d be doing their fans and teams a huge disservice. Rams versus the Chiefs is a huge game with huge implications. BOTH teams deserve the best opportunity to play under the best possible conditions.
The National Football League owes nothing to Mexico City, Tottenham England, or any foreign stadium on foreign soil that isn’t prepared to host a preseason or regular season NFL game.
Period. Full stop.