The NFL loves the idea of international expansion, which is why the recent decision to move Monday night’s game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Rams away from Mexico was such a tough one for the league to make.
The field at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City was demolished recently due to a Shakira concert. While the stadium’s turf was being replaced ahead of the scheduled game there, players from both teams had significant concerns about safety and threatened to sit the game out.
The NFLPA got involved, and in the end the league made the right call to move the game from Mexico City to Los Angeles.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Sunday morning that NFL officials traveled back to Mexico City in the wake of that decision. They were there to “engage in further discussions about future games,” per Schefter. He also notes “Those discussions are ongoing and there’s every chance that, even though this year’s game was cancelled, future games could be played there.”
What it really boils down to is whether the folks on the Mexican side of this arrangement deem it important enough to ensure big concerts don’t get scheduled in such close proximity to any future NFL games that could be scheduled. If assurances were made that such a mistake would not be made again, it seems like the NFL wouldn’t hesitate to continue scheduling games in Mexico City.