According to a report from ESPN, the NFL is soliciting offers from German cities to host an NFL game.
Could Bayern Munich seek to leverage its existing relationship with the Kansas City Chiefs to help grease the process?
Maybe, but either way, the NFL is likely headed to Germany for at least one game:
The NFL wants to expand its international series by holding regular-season games in Germany, launching a process Wednesday to identify a partner city. Germany boasts a strong NFL fan base and is one of the world’s largest economies, making the country an attractive partner.
NFL’s head of UK and Europe Brett Gosper talked about Germany being a part of the NFL’s “growth strategy.”
“We are very excited about the development of our German fan base, and the time is right to identify a partner who can execute a game at NFL standards as part of our international growth strategy,” Gosper stated.
The NFL also issued this brief statement:
Germany is a leading market outside North America for NFL Shop sales, fantasy football participation and sales of the Madden NFL video game.
In the middle of all of this, we can circle back to Bayern Munich’s business relationship with the Kansas City Chiefs, who hold a lot of financial — and political sway — in the NFL. We already know that Chiefs owner Clark Hunt wants to bring game to the Allianz Arena. Hunt, of course, also owns FC Dallas — one of Bayern Munich’s closest partners in professional football.
BFW can neither confirm nor deny the rumors that Bayern Munich has already tried to sway Andy Reid to help out by DM’ing him pics of some savory German sausage. Reid is a food connoisseur and loves to delve into any local cuisine and has even appeared on Guy Fieri’s “Diners Drive-Ins, and Dives.”