Chiefs and Patriots compete for fans and influence in Germany ahead of games in Frankfurt

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick speaks during a news conference following an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Oct. 29, 2023, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) runs with the ball as Denver Broncos inside linebacker Josey Jewell (47) and safety Justin Simmons (31) defend during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 29, 2023, in Denver.

They’re all headed to Frankfurt to take part in two weeks of American football because beyond the games, there are German fans to win over. A lot of them.Garoppolo accepts blame for poor performance in Las Vegas loss to Detroit— a barely tapped gold mine for teams and a league which have mostly maxed out domestically. The league says it has 18 million casual fans — that would be roughly one in five residents of Germany — and 3.6 million “avid” ones.

The Chiefs go first — they’ll play the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. A week later, the Patriots face the Indianapolis Colts. Both games are at Deutsche Bank Park., as do the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Carolina Panthers and Atlanta Falcons. It means they can sign corporate sponsorship deals, hold events to attract fans and sell merchandise like they do in their home markets.

“It’s perfect timing for us as a franchise and we’re going to be very aggressive in taking full advantage of that,” Chiefs President Mark Donovan said of the team’s overall momentum.The team is docking a Chiefs-themed yacht in the Main River for fans to board and get a selfie with the Lombardi trophy fromBoth the Chiefs and Patriots wanted last year’s first-ever regular-season game in Munich, but that went to the Bucs and Tom Brady, in part because NFC teams had the extra home game.

into the country. The Super Bowl titles kept coming, all coinciding with NFL games airing weekly on free TV network ProSieben. The league switched to the bigger RTL starting this season.

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