The NFL is making at least one big change to its regular season in light of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
The league announced Monday that it will not hold its annual International Series games in London and Mexico City as had been scheduled.
The full, 17-week regular-season schedule is set to be announced at some point this week.
"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 and Growth Officer Christopher Halpin in a statement. "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 Jacksonville Jaguars had been set to play consecutive games in London, and the Atlanta Falcons and Miami Dolphins were also set to play there. The Arizona Cardinals, meanwhile, had been slated to play in Mexico City at Estadio Azteca.
Since 2007, the NFL has held at least one regular-season game abroad every year.
In August, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell told the Sports Business Journal the league hoped to continue expanding its international presence with more games, but logistics
“The reality is that the demand for playing those games is greater than we have in the inventory,” Goodell said. “But what we’re trying to do is, it’s a combination of the media, the events themselves, and our partnerships.”