The Kansas City Chiefs will play overseas for the first time in their history next season, facing the Detroit Lions in London next November. The move knocks a home game off the team’s 2015 schedule and is receiving an icy response from many fans, but the Chiefs say it’s in the best interest of the NFL.
Chiefs President Mark Donovan said the game will put the Chiefs “on a global stage” and provide a long-term boost to the Chiefs’ brand.
But the team will lose one-eighth of its regular-season revenue by sacrificing a home game, and it seems to have irked fans with the decision — although season ticket packages will be discounted to reflect fewer home games.
Donovan said the NFL has discussed requiring teams to play overseas games in order to be considered as a Super Bowl host. But no such policy is currently in place, and Donovan said Kansas City will not receive any “credit” toward a potential Super Bowl bid for its London appearance.