The Dolphins were to host another game in London this season.
The Dolphins won’t be playing a home game in London in 2020 as originally planned because of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report Sunday by Matt Hughes of The Daily Mail.
“Given the uncertainty surrounding international travel and mass events, hosting games in London this October is not feasible and the NFL are expected to complete their entire season in America,” Hughes reported.
The NFL schedule is expected to be released in a matter of days and London soccer club Tottenham, whose stadium was to hold two NFL games per year for 10 years, is bracing for a loss of more than four million pounds without American football.
Two NFL games also were to be played at Wembley and another in Mexico City.
The elimination of international games from the NFL schedule shouldn’t come as a shock. It’s understood that the entire schedule has to be considered somewhat tentative because of the pandemic. No one knows if it will be safe to stage 16 regular-season games per team starting in the fall or if those games can include fans. Flexing games within the United States will be challenging enough, but doing so with games involving international travel would be even more difficult.
As it stood, the Dolphins would have needed to design season-ticket packages for seven home games but also a “Plan B” package for eight games at Hard Rock Stadium. Now, they can plan for eight home games and hope a full schedule becomes possible.
In addition to facing AFC East rivals Buffalo, New England and the Jets at home, the Dolphins are scheduled to host Cincinnati, Kansas City, both Los Angeles teams (Chargers and Rams) and Seattle in 2020.
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