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NFL Relocates Chiefs vs Rams From Mexico City To L.A.

NFL Relocates Chiefs vs Rams From Mexico City To L.A.

Now, imagine the fallout if a player like Patrick Mahomes, Todd Gurley, Jared Goff, Aaron Donald (and so on) gets hurt because the National Football League refused to move the game from Mexico City to Los Angeles.

Monday night's Chiefs-Rams game is being moved from Mexico City to Los Angeles because of field conditions, the league announced Tuesday.

Both the Rams and Chiefs are in first place in their respective divisions and are among the favorites to reach Super Bowl 53.

"Our fans in Mexico are among the most passionate, dedicated NFL fans anywhere in the world", said Mark Waller, the league's executive vice president of global who will be in Mexico City on Thursday to discuss next year and what needs to occur at Azteca to keep the NFL interested in playing there. 'Until very recently, we had no major concerns.

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According to CBS Sports, the field was badly damaged during a large concert on November 7 hosted by the Mexican television network Telehit.

The Rams and Chiefs are both 9-1, and concerns about the health and safety of their players could have cast a negative light on the game had the decision been made to keep the game in Estadio Azteca. This week the Chiefs were able to defeat the Arizona Cardinals, a team that has struggled through most of this season. The NFL office in Mexico and the Sports Institute of Mexico City also scheduled a 5k and 10k race for Sunday. Pele', who became a Brazilian soccer sensation in 1956, played in Azteca Stadium as a young man.

Significant discussions are underway about whether the game will be played in Mexico City, Los Angeles or postponed, according to sources, and a decision is expected this week. "The field at the Estadio Azteca doesn't appear to be in the best shape after a couple of recent Shakira concerts", journalist Cesar Hernandez tweeted on October 15, including aerial shots of the pitch.

The Rams traveled to Colorado Springs on Monday, intending to spend their week of practice in high altitudes to prepare for Mexico City's conditions.


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