For the third straight season, the Raiders will forfeit a home game in Oakland and play in another country.
On October 14 the Raiders will play the Seahawks in London.
“The Raiders are a truly global brand and we look forward to hosting the first NFL game in Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium,” Raiders Owner Mark Davis said.
Each of the last two seasons saw the Raiders play home games in Mexico City, as Davis continues to give up home games.
Once the Raiders move the Las Vegas, this trend will hurt the Raiders new hometown. The point of Clark County giving up $750 million in public money for the Raiders stadium was to draw new visitors and new money to Las Vegas.
If the Raiders are going to continue to play a home game in other cities, Las Vegas will not be able to fully benefit from the NFL moving in.
Even the chief executive of England’s Football Association pointed out the benefits of having NFL games in London.
“NFL games bring people to the stadium from all over the world, economic spend to the local area and are among the highlights of the Wembley events calendar,” Martin Glenn said.
That's the same argument Las Vegas and Clark County made for giving up the most public money for a football stadium. If the NFL continues to send the Raiders all over the world, they will be neglecting the city that put up $750 million for the Raiders to have a brand new stadium.
There is no reason to expect the international games to stop, as the NFL is attaching itself more and more to London. This will be part of a three-game set in London. In the two weeks after the Raiders head overseas, the Eagles will play the Jaguars and the Titans will face off with the Chargers.
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