NFL cancels all international games in 2020 due to coronavirus pandemic

Ethan Cadeaux
NBC Sports Washington

When the NFL releases the 2020 season schedule at some point over the next week, there will be no international games on the calendar.

The league announced in a statement on Monday that all international games will be canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

"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," NFL Executive Vice President, Chief Strategy and Growth Officer Christopher Halpin said. "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."

The NFL had five international games set for 2020: four in London -- two in Wembley Stadium and two at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium -- and one in Azteca Stadium in Mexico City. 

The 2020 season will mark the first time in 14 years that the NFL has not played in Wembley Stadium. International games have become more common over the past few years, with an increased number of games overseas on the calendar each season.

Four teams, the Cardinals, Falcons, Jaguars and Dolphins, were set to give up a home game in order to play internationally. Their opponents for the expected international contest had yet to be announced, but it's worth noting the Redskins are one of the eight teams the Cardinals have a home date with this season.

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