The Super Bowl champion received tweets from a few a Australian NFL fans asking him to support their online petition. The petition asks for the NFL to consider having a regular season game in Melbourne, Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground or Sydney at ANZ Stadium. Brees shocked one fan by actually quoting the tweet and adding enthusiastically: “I’d love to play a game Down Under!” The petition now has over 1,000 signatures including a former teammate of Brees’ in Australian punter Ben Graham.
Brees’ reply sent Australian NFL fans into a craze with many taking to social media to voice their excitement about the potential of a game actually being played in Australia. Unfortunately for those fans, Brees’ does not have the pulling power to make such decisions and the fact that the 2014 schedule is set for a release within weeks means an NFL game in Australia may not be seen until at least 2015 or 2016.
The NFL currently views London as the go to place for NFL games, but they should not rule out Australia. Given the popularity and success of the Major League Baseball game held at the Sydney Cricket Ground earlier this month, an NFL contest has the potential to draw huge numbers. The NFL is arguably more popular than MLB and could create an enormous buzz.
The Super Bowl between the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos, despite actually being televised on a Monday morning due to the time difference, attracted huge television numbers. ESPN via Foxtel averaged 108,000 viewers across their four-hour telecast and Ten’s ONE channel averaged 210,000 viewers.
The popularity and potential of the NFL in Australia should not be overlooked, and Queensland Premier Campbell Newman has realized this. He met with NFL executives in New York last month with the aims of bringing a game to Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.
What do you think NFL fans; should the NFL have a game in Australia?