The Philadelphia Eagles Could be the Next Big Thing in West Africa
The Philadelphia Eagles continue their hot offseason by becoming the first NFL team to gain marketing rights in Africa:
the NFL announced today that 4 new overseas markets were approved with the LA Rams adding New Zealand and the Philadelphia Eagles granted access to Australia, New Zealand, and Ghana – the first NFL club to enter a market in Africa. The teams can now market in these countries
— Daniel Kaplan (@KaplanSportsBiz) May 24, 2022
The Eagles will become the 19th team to join the program, and get rights in Ghana, Australia and New Zealand. One year ago, the NFL broke new ground by matching up 18 teams with eight different countries, granting them media, sponsorship and promotional rights similar to what they enjoy in their traditional home markets.
Can’t wait for Howie Roseman to start taking questions from Jeff McLane while wearing the Kente cloth, ala Nancy Pelosi:
photo credit: USA Today
So does this mean an Eagles game in Ghana? Not yet, but it could happen down the line:
“There is not currently a path to playing regular season games in Ghana, or Australia/New Zealand. Teams with commercial rights in countries that do have NFL games have been told efforts will be made to have them play during their term, but the marketing program is not directly tied to the international series scheduling process.”
Could you imagine the culture shock Eagles fans and Ghanaians would experience? Imagine these dudes walking around Accra:
— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) September 26, 2019
Tatman is not messing around today for Eagles-Texans pic.twitter.com/72J6c6Zf6P
— Eric Kay (@ekaycbs) November 2, 2014
Most Eagles fans haven’t stepped foot outside of Philadelphia, probably because they’d have to ask their P.O. first.
Honestly, I just can’t wait for a sweaty John Clark to do a piece on a guy who moved from Delco to Kumasi to open a Philadelphia-themed bar that flies in Amoroso Rolls so his cheesesteaks are authentic. Eliot Shorr-Parks is going to be getting roasted on Twitter by a bunch of Ghanaian trolls. WIP should convince Angelo to stay on for another year and ship him over to there to get the flagship station up and running. It wouldn’t be the first market he infiltrated as a transplant. Ghana has experienced peace for hundreds of years but will start fighting their brothers in the streets over the Jalen Hurts vs. Gardner Minshew debate with some dude from Rhode Island as the soundtrack.
P.S. I promise if the Eagles actually do schedule a game in Ghana I will be there doing Man on the Street videos in whatever passes as a parking lot.