Begin disregarding your English-to-German dictionaries, Carolina Panthers followers!
As introduced by commissioner Roger Goodell through the lead-up to Tremendous Bowl LVI, Germany will play host to 4 NFL video games between 2022 and 2025. So, within the newest version of “Peter King’s Soccer Morning in America,” the NBC Sports activities scribe takes a shot at forecasting the league’s future forays into “Das Land der Dichter und Denker.”
“Roger Goodell introduced that 4 video games might be performed in Germany within the subsequent 4 seasons, two in Munich and two in Frankfurt,” King writes. “In December, 4 groups had been awarded advertising and marketing rights to the German market by the NFL: Kansas Metropolis, New England, Carolina and Tampa Bay. Two AFC, two NFC. It’s logical to assume that the NFL will give every of these groups one recreation in Germany over the primary 4 years of the marketing-rights deal.”
Again on Dec. 15, it was introduced that the Panthers had been granted these Worldwide House Advertising Space rights. Provided that they’ll have the prospect to introduce themselves over in Germany, it solely is sensible they get a kind of video games there, proper?
“As a result of NFC groups have 9 residence video games in 2022 and ’24, search for Tampa Bay and Carolina to play the ‘residence’ video games in these years, whereas Kansas Metropolis and New England, with 9 residence video games in 2023 and 2025, may play a recreation in Germany in these years,” King continues. “The ’22 recreation was arrange completely, with Tom Brady slated to steer the Bucs into Germany. However his retirement means the NFL will doubtless have to search out the perfect ‘host’ of two groups with questionable QB conditions, Bucs and Panthers, to kick off the Germany experiment this fall.”
King goes on so as to add that he believes the Buccaneers make a bit extra sense to “host” the 2022 contest being that, ya know, they’re only a season faraway from a Tremendous Bowl victory and aren’t an entire catastrophe. (He’s not mistaken in insinuating that.)
Whereas it’s a little bit of a bummer that certainly one of their residence video games could be despatched to what’s primarily impartial turf, the Panthers group would doubtless greater than embrace the chance to broaden their model. Plus, Carolina is an embarrassing 4-12 at residence since 2020—so possibly home-field benefit isn’t actually a lot of a bonus for Matt Rhule’s squad anyway.