The NFL has canceled all scheduled International Series games for the 2020 season, the league announced on Monday.
The cancellation is due to the ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic that has swept across the United States and the rest of the world.
“After considerable analysis, we believe the decision to play all our games domestically this season is the right one for our players, our clubs, and all our fans in the US, Mexico and UK,” said NFL Executive Vice President, Chief Strategy & Growth Officer Christopher Halpin. “We greatly appreciate the support of our governmental and stadium partners in Mexico and the United Kingdom, who all agree with this decision, and we look forward to returning for games in both countries in the 2021 season.
“We also thank our incredible fans in those territories for their passionate support of the NFL. We will continue to serve them through our outstanding media partners and by being active supporters of both grassroots football and COVID-19 relief efforts in Mexico and the UK.”
Home teams for International Series games in 2020 were previously announced as the Arizona Cardinals, Atlanta Falcons, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Miami Dolphins. The fifth home team was never announced.
The NFL is still planning to begin the 2020 season on Thursday, Sept. 10. Both the regular-season and preseason schedules are set to be released this week on or before Saturday, May 9.
I am sure the Jacksonville fans are happy with this. They were losing 2 home games. This proves my point again, that Jacksonville never should have been awarded an NFL Franchise. They will be moving to St. Louis within the next 10 years.
This is great news! The league can go back to being the NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE instead of the INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE.