In 2017, the NFL will continue its subtle insult to our former colonizers by putting on four more terrible football games in their country. None will involve the Eagles. Here are the International Series games for next season:
- Ravens vs. Jaguars – Week 3 (Wembley Stadium)
- Saints vs. Dolphins – Week 4 (Wembley Stadium)
- Browns vs. Vikings – Week 7 (Twickenham)
- Cardinals vs. Rams – Week 8 (Twickenham)
NFL UK Managing Director Alistair Kirkwood – perhaps the most British name of all time – really tried to spin the Browns as a positive: “Having one of the most famous fan groups in the NFL, Cleveland’s Dawg Pound, sharing Twickenham with our U.K. fans is going to be a lot of fun.” No one agreed.
In additional news, the NFL has decided to move on from their annual Pinktober, which had faced scrutiny for being more about visuals than anything else. Teams can still wear pink and support breast cancer awareness if they want, but they’ll now have a choice to support their own cancer charity though the NFL’s new “A Crucial Catch” initiative. Perhaps they can also find a way to up the percentage of the money they raise.