Could the NFL have a developmental league overseas in New Zealand?

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Could the NFL have a developmental league in New Zealand?

There is a wild report that has surfaced from the Sunday Star Times a New Zealand Newspaper, that has an interesting report.  According to the report, the NFL will host a pair of games in New Zealand later this year. Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio wrote this about the future league/games. 

According to the Sunday Star Times (viaSportsBusiness Daily), a weekend publication based in Auckland, the NFL will stage a pair of exhibition contests in New Zealand later this year. But it won’t be a pair of preseason games; instead, squads reportedly will be selected from the players who fail to make the final 53-man rosters of six NFL teams, including the Cowboys, 49ers, and Cardinals.

After catching wind of the Sunday Star Times article over the weekend, PFT asked the league office for comment on the reported plan; no response was received. The decision of the folks at SportsBusiness Daily to include the item in the Monday edition of the weekday morning feature known as the “Opening Bell” prompted PFT to share this intriguing-but-incomplete news with this audience.

I cannot confirm the report, but it is something to keep an eye on…

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