The delayed opening of the Rams’ new stadium from 2019 to 2020 was key in the NFL’s decision to push back. The Rams are set to be the home team for a game in China, and have to give up a home game for an international one in 2019.
According to Sports Business Daily, the numerous moving parts surrounding the NFL’s multiple international games also contributed in the decision to wait another year. The NFL has five international games this upcoming season, with four in London and one in Mexico City.
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NFL commissioner Roger Goodell first spoke about the possibility of a game in China during the owners meeting last March.
Authentic Youth DeMario Davis Jersey The size and the influence of China in the global marketplace is obviously something that you can’t ignore, Goodell said. You can’t ignore that as a sport, or a business, or as a nation. We know we have lots of fans over there, and more importantly, potential fans over there.
Goodell added that multiple teams were interested in playing globally, but China was a bigger interest.
Quintin Demps was signed as the presumptive leader in his 10th NFL season, and he’ll slide in at strong safety. Amos returns at free, but fourth-round pick Eddie Jackson has a chance to steal that position. Deiondre’ Hall is moving to safety to provide further depth alongside fellow youngsters Deon Bush and DeAndre Houston-Carson.
The Bears have three solid corners at the top of their depth chart in free-agency acquisition Prince Amukamara, Kyle Fuller and Bryce Callahan. But depth behind them — Sherrick McManis, Johnthan Banks, Marcus Cooper, B.W. Webb, Cre’Von LeBlanc — might be an issue.