Originally posted by Lifer:
While this may be fun for the fans,it's a competitive disadvantage for the team. All that travel creates disruptions to the practice schedule, preparation routine, and body clock of the players. Why would you volunteer to cross 8 times zones to play a football game? How does this help the team to win?
By my count, there have been 8 international games scheduled by the NFL since 2005. Only 12 of 32 teams have participated. The Patriots and Buccaneers have each played overseas twice. The 49ers have played, or will play, 3 times (2005, 2010, 2013).
It helps the 49ers future.
The league is pushing for international teams. They want international interest. Jed is making sure the Niners are exposed often to get people more familiar. Combine that exposure with a team that is hot as the Niners have been since Harbaugh and company took over and you have a recipe for an expanding fan base.
Plus the Niners have always been open to international exposure. With the game next year we will tie the Cowboys for a total of 9 games on foreign soil.
[ Edited by WINiner on Oct 11, 2012 at 8:05 AM ]