Geography seems to be conspiring on Australia, or so it would seem, with the NFL considering returning to Mexico City for at least one regular season game in 2016 to go along with the three that will be held in London.
Commissioner Roger Goodell, notorious for backing down on the four game suspension he handed to league star quarterback Tom Brady in 2015 for the “Deflate Gate” scandal over the improper inflation of footballs used in last season’s AFC Championship game, announced the decision to play in Mexico again for the first time since 2005.
The Mexico City game will be on 21 November at Azteca Stadium, which has been modernised to meet NFL specs and those of the players. The stadium has been in operation for 50 years, which makes it the equivalent of the Roman Coliseum to pampered players who protest slow Wi-Fi and the lack of self-flushing loos in older NFL venues in the U.S.
Mexico is a short hop for the Oakland Raiders and the Houston Texans, the two teams that will play the first internationally sited Monday night game.
Meanwhile, Australia will have to get by on an occasional pre-season exhibition, a college game of lowly ranked teams, or perhaps the biggest affront of all, the NFL Pro Bowl.