NFL axe all London games for 2020 season due to coronavirus concerns as cancellation deals huge blow to hosts Tottenham – who made £1MILLION from beer sales alone last year
- NFL had been scheduled to play four matches in London during 2020 season
- Tottenham’s state-of-the-art stadium was going to play host to two of them
- Spurs miss out on food and drink net income plus the merchandising profit
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Tottenham have been dealt a significant financial blow by the news that the 2020 NFL London games have been cancelled.
It was announced on Monday that the upcoming season will be played exclusively in the United States, meaning Spurs, who were going to host two matches, are out of pocket.
Fears over the coronavirus crisis have led the NFL to axe the proposed games in London, the other two of which would have been held at Wembley.
Tottenham hosted their first NFL games last season but this year’s matches are cancelled
The news is a blow for Daniel Levy as Spurs generated a financial boost from hosting
Tottenham were not entitled to the gate receipts, which go to the American home team, but would have been able to keep food and drink net income plus the merchandising profit.
Bottoms Up Beer, who provide the technology that allows each pint of beer at the stadium to be filled from the bottom, said Spurs made £1million from sales of the drink alone last year.
The windfall would have been a welcome one for Spurs, particularly given the bleak financial outlook for Premier League sides caused by the ongoing pandemic and suspension of the season.
Daniel Levy accepted the decision to cancel this year’s NFL games, and said: ‘We fully appreciate the difficult decision that the NFL has had to make, given the unprecedented circumstances everyone around the world is facing.
‘We were overwhelmed with the response we received from everyone at the inaugural NFL matches in Tottenham last year at our new stadium – the sport’s only purpose-built stadium outside of the United States – and we were proud to deliver world-class facilities for the NFL family.
‘We look forward to welcoming everyone from the NFL back to Tottenham in 2021 as we further develop our unique partnership and create even more memorable game days.
Last year it was reported that Tottenham made £1million from the sale of beer alone
‘Until then, we wish the NFL a successful season ahead and send our sincere thoughts and well-wishes to everyone who has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.’
The NFL were also planning on hosting a game in Mexico City at Azteca Stadium but that has fallen by the wayside too.
The Arizona Cardinals, Atlanta Falcons, Jacksonville Jaguars and Miami Dolphins had all previously announced that they would be home teams for International Series Games in 2020 but their international fans will not be able to see them in action outside of the US this season.
‘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,’ said NFL Executive Vice President, Chief Strategy & Growth Officer Christopher Halpin.
The NFL will be holding all of the 2020 season games within the United States
‘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.
‘We also thank our incredible fans in those territories for their passionate support of the NFL.
We will continue to serve them through our outstanding media partners and by being active supporters of both grassroots football and COVID-19 relief efforts in Mexico and the UK.’
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: ‘While the NFL’s many fans in London, the UK and Europe will obviously be disappointed by this news, it is absolutely the right decision to ensure the safety of everyone involved in the sport.
‘I know that the NFL remains fully committed to London and I look forward to welcoming NFL teams back to the capital in 2021.’
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