The Rams are moving all across the globe. They made their move to Los Angeles at the end of their 2015 campaign, leaving the American midwest behind them for beautiful southern California. It appears they’ll even be going to another hemisphere now.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Wednesday morning that the team would be playing a regular season game in China in 2018.
Not only are Rams doing this summer's Hard Knocks, they also are expected to play a regular-season game in 2018 in China.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 23, 2016
The league’s first regular season game outside of the United States came in 2005, when the Arizona Cardinals played the San Francisco 49ers at the Estadio Azteca in Mexico City. The NFL started going to England for regular season games when the New York Giants faced the Miami Dolphins at Wembley Stadium in London. Up until 2012, at least one game was played at Wembley. In 2013, two games were played across the pond, and in three have been scheduled every year from 2014 through 2017.
The Texans and the Raiders will be bringing a change to the international series for the NFL, as they’re set to play a 2016 game late in November in Mexico City that will be broadcast on ESPN.
An opponent for the Rams has yet to be announced, but to send a big market team such as the Rams in a country where American football isn’t big isn’t a terrible choice, although the league surely must hope that the product on the field gets better by 2018.