U.S. sports are going overseas and demonstrating their ability to grow a new, international fan base.
While the National Football League (NFL), Major League Baseball (MLB) and the National Basketball Association (NBA) keep their fans happy in the states, they have done that overseas as well.
Creating a bigger fan base overseas can create more revenue for the teams and the organization.
NFL teams went overseas for a total of four games that were played internationally this season and have played 20+ international games since 2005. The final overseas game of the season took place on Nov. 19 in Mexico City.
The reigning champion New England Patriots took on the Oakland Raiders at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City. The Patriots won 33-8.
NFL staged their first regular season game in London ten years ago.
The first game kicked off in week three as the Jacksonville Jaguars took a win over the Baltimore Ravens, 44-7.
The following week, the Miami Dolphins lost to the Saints, 20-0 in week four in London.
The last two games played took place on Oct. 22 and 29 in Twickenham stadium and consisted of the Los Angeles Rams beating the Arizona Cardinals 33-0.
The last game played in the London Series was the Cleveland Browns against the Minnesota Vikings, where the Vikings won 33-16.
With over 20 international games played since 2007, the NFL is giving fans what they want and at all cost.
NFL teams participate in international games quite frequently, but so do MLB teams.
MLB has sent their teams to Japan, Mexico, Australia and Puerto Rico. The first international MLB game was played in Mexico on Aug. 16, 1996.
There has not been a series played since 2014 when the Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks played in Australia.
MLB just announced that the San Diego Padres will play the Dodgers in Monterey, Mexico in May 2018.
The NBA plays overseas as part of the NBA Global Games, which allows fans in China to see their favorite players before the regular season starts.
In the 2017 preseason, the Golden State Warriors faced the Minnesota Timberwolves on two occasions in Shenzhen and Shanghai.
On Oct. 5 in Shenzhen, China, the Timberwolves got the win, 111-97.
In Shanghai, on Oct. 8, the Warriors won over the Timberwolves, 142-110. Golden State’s Stephen Curry scored 40 points.
“I think it’s cool, the teams get to go overseas and play in a country they never been too,” said CSUSB student Jose Garcia.
Many fans enjoy the international aspect of playing outside of the usual
Garcia says he would not go overseas to watch a game unless it was for a vacation.
U.S. teams playing on foreign soil have many benefits to the teams and their fans.
Three international NBA games will be played in the regular season, starting on Dec. 7 in Mexico City. Another game in Mexico City will follow two days later on Dec. 9.
One final international game will be played on Jan. 11, 2018 in London.
Games like these bring sports fans together from all around the world, showing we are all
on the same team.