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The Texas Longhorns were awarded a Regional Host designation on Sunday despite losing the Big 12 Championship Game 8-1 to the Oklahoma Sooners. The following day Texas learned who the competition would be in the Regional at Disch-Falk Field next weekend.
While the Longhorns were not awarded a coveted Top 8 seed nationally, they enter the 2022 NCAA Baseball Championship as the No. 9 seed and will welcome Louisiana Tech (2 seed regionally), Dallas Baptist (3 seed regionally), and Air Force (4 seed regionally).
Play begins Friday with the Longhorns taking on Air Force at 1:00 PM and Louisiana Tech and Dallas Baptist playing at 6:30 PM. These two teams met in April in Austin, with the Falcons defeating the Longhorns 14-2 and Texas winning the second game 12-10.
The Longhorns (42-19) are playing in a record 61st NCAA Tournament and are hosting a Regional in the NCAA Baseball Tournament for a record 37th time.
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Arlington, TX -- The Longhorns returned to the Big 12 Baseball Championship Game for the first time since 2017. After a thrilling win against the Oklahoma State Cowboys on Saturday, they faced a hot Oklahoma Sooners squad. While the Longhorns began quickly with a 1-0 lead, it was all Sooners from then on out.
While Texas suffered a loss to Oklahoma in the championship, it would be remiss to fail to mention that Ivan Melendez broke Kyle Russell's single season home run record in his first at-bat of the game. Melendez smashed a low pitch over the right center wall that went a distant 406 feet for his 29th homer on the year.
The 'Horns led 1-0 for two innings before the Oklahoma bats awoke and put the game out of reach.
Travis Sthele garnered the start for Texas and performed beautifully for the first two innings, retiring the first six batters he faced while striking out three. A loss of command in the third saw the Sooners' capitalize and lay a whopping eight runs on the 'Horns, a lead that would prove to be insurmountable.
Texas ran through three pitchers in the third, allowing three walks, two RBI singles, an RBI double, and a 3-run homer before capturing their first out. An 8-1 lead submitted in the third, was held throughout the rest of the game for a Sooner victory.
Even with the championship loss, the Longhorns will host a regional at Disch-Falk Field on a potential road to Omaha.
On Friday, Steve Sarkisian and the Longhorns landed transfer linebacker Diamonte Tucker-Dorsey, an All-American at the FCS level during his time at James Madison. In the spring, Diamonte Tucker-Dorsey picked up several major offers from programs such as Auburn and Texas A&M, however the Virginia native ultimately decided to commit to the Longhorns.
Next season, the transfer acquisition will look to add some much needed depth to Texas's linebacker group, a unit that has frequently dealt with injuries in recent years. Last fall, DeMarvion Overshown and Luke Brockermeyer were the two stalwarts in Texas's linebacking core, however the group failed to meet expectations in Pete Kwiatkowski's first year as the defensive coordinator.
During his redshirt junior season at James Madison in 2021, Tucker-Dorsey totaled 115 tackles, 8 passes defensed, 4 interceptions and 2 forced fumbles.
With spring ball recently having come to a close, expect to potentially see some further movement on Texas's football roster as Steve Sarkisian gets his roster ready for fall camp.
On Friday, former Iowa State Cyclones guard, Tyrese Hunter, announced that he will be transferring to the University of Texas at Austin, joining a Longhorns basketball program that will soon be in its second season under head coach Chris Beard.
Last season, Hunter was named the Big 12 Conference's Freshman of the Year after an impressive freshman campaign in which he averaged 11 points, 4.9 assists and 2 steals per game. Next season, he will be joining former-transfers Timmy Allen and Marcus Carr, who were able to lead the Longhorns past the first round of the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2014.
While proving to have an aptitude for creating opportunities for teammates offensively, as well as having active hands on defense, the former four-star basketball prospect will need to improve his efficiency on offense for the Longhorns to make a deep playoff run. As a freshman, Hunter shot 68.7% from the free throw line and 27.4% from beyond the arc for the Cyclones. In Chris Beard's first season as the head coach of the Longhorns, the team struggled from three-point range, having the 228th-best three-point field goal percentage in the country at a miserly 33.04%.
Despite of the offensive inefficiencies in his first collegiate season, Hunter will be expected to be a big contributor for the Longhorns in their first season at the new Moody Center.
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Arlington, TX -- After a disheartening outing against the Cowboys in the morning, the Texas Longhorns came out blistering in a must-win game against the Oklahoma State Cowboys to advance to the Big 12 championship game. Quality pitching from the bullpen and an explosive offensive display gave way to a 9-2 thrashing of the Cowboys.
A group effort from from the bullpen kept the Cowboys guessing and missing. Andre Duplantier II started the game, pitching two innings and delivering a solid performance. Jared Southard, Luke Harrison, Marcus Olivarez, and Tristan Stevens came in for relief and allowed a combined three hits with one run.
While Oklahoma State may have struck first with an RBI sacrifice fly, the 'Horns swiftly claimed the momentum and lead. With Austin Todd and Silas Ardoin on base, a hard grounder to the pitcher from Mitchell Daly led to an errant throw to second that flew to centerfield, scoring Todd and leaving runners on the corners. A follow up RBI single from Trey Faltine drove in Ardoin and gave Texas their first lead of the day.
A once close game was blown wide open for Texas with a five run inning in the third. Ivan Melendez led off with a single to left followed by two perfect bunts down the third base line from Murphy Stehly and Todd. Skyler Messinger was then hit by a pitch, bringing in Melendez. Trey Faltine then smashed a 3-run double down the left field line clearing the trio. An ensuing Douglas Hodo III at-bat led to an RBI double to left field, scoring Faltine and giving the Longhorns a 7-1 lead.
Texas continued their momentum in the fifth when Dylan Campbell subbed for Eric Kennedy and cracked an RBI triple over the center fielder's head. Campbell showed off his speed getting to third for what would have normally been a double for the average ball player. Melendez then drove in Campbell with an RBI single to center field giving the Longhorns a comfortable eight run lead.
The Cowboys were able to answer with a solo homer in the fifth, however the conclusion was foregone. A 9-2 victory saw the Longhorns taking the game and advancing to the Big 12 Championship to face bitter rival Oklahoma.
The Big 12 Championship game will take place on Sunday, May 29th at 5 PM on ESPNU.
Trey Faltine: (3-5) 4 RBI, 2 Doubles
Ivan Melendez: (2-4) 1 RBI
Dylan Campbell: (1-1) 1 RBI, 1 Triple
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Arlington, TX -- In a rematch of game one in the Big 12 tournament in which the Texas Longhorns dominated, the tide turned in favor of the Oklahoma State Cowboys. The pitching and hitting for the Longhorns were an issue throughout the game as base runners were constantly stranded and big innings for Cowboy bats put this game out of reach early on.
While Texas was able land a base runner in 7 of 9 innings and two runners in 5 of 9 innings, the 'Horns were only able to bring one home in the ninth. Texas left an uncharacteristic 10 runners on base, their highest since a May 8th loss at West Virignia. The good news for Texas is they are in a double elimination tournament, meaning they will have a chance to avenge their loss later today with another meeting against Oklahoma State.
Zane Morehouse earned the start, but his inconsistent season continued. While he struck out three batters within the first two innings, he also surrendered six runs. The Cowboys smacked a two run homer in the first, an RBI ground rule in the second, followed by a couple of RBI doubles to give them a 6-0 lead.
Oklahoma State tacked on another run in the fourth with a single followed by three walks.
An RBI single in the fifth brought in another run and gave the Cowboys an 8-0 lead.
The 'Horns were finally able to land on the board with a deep RBI double to left center from Mitchell Daly to score pinch hitter, Jack O'Dowd.
Texas will rematch Oklahoma State again today at 4 PM in an elimination game, with the winner playing in the championship game against either Oklahoma or the winner of Texas Tech/Kansas State.
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Arlington, TX -- The TExas Longhorns and TCU Horned Frogs met on Thursday after each team won in the opening round of the Big 12 Tournament. With an early offensive outing and battling through tough middle frames, the 'Horns added runs late to secure a win and advance to the quarter finals.
The Longhorn offense began with a much needed fast start against a scrappy TCU squad. Lead-off hitter Douglas Hodo III set the tone in the first by beating the throw to first on a grounder to the shortstop. After Ivan Melendez was hit by a pitch, Austin Todd stepped in to drive them home with a three run shot to left field.
Lucas Gordon had himself an exceptional outing, accruing another win while striking out four batters on 108 pitches and surrendering only two hits with one earned run over 7.2 innings.
The Horned Frogs fought back in the fourth and sixth innings with an unearned run on a misjudged catch and RBI sacrifice fly to bring the game within one run.
Texas responded in the eighth with a double down the left field line from Hodo III and a grounder off the pitcher's shoe from Eric Kennedy, setting up runners on the corners. A balk called on the next at-bat walked in Hodo while an intentional walk to Melendez brought Kennedy into scoring position. The Longhorns reestablished their three run lead with an RBI single up the middle to bring in Kennedy.
TCU smacked a two out homer in the ninth in a last ditch effort to save the game but brilliant relief from Tristan Stevens saw him strike out the last batter in just three pitches, concluding a 5-3 victory for the 'Horns.
The Longhorns will return to Globe Life Field on Saturday for another 9 AM start and will face the winner of Oklahoma State and TCU.
Murphy Stehly: (2-3) 3 RBI, 1 HR
Austin Todd: (1-4) 1 RBI
Lucas Gordon: 7.2 IP, 4 K, 1 ER
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The countdown is officially on as Thursday marked 100 days until Texas kicks off the 2022 season against Louisiana Monroe. With the season inching closer, game times and TV networks were announced for the first 3 games of the year.
The Longhorns will open the season at 7 PM on September 3rd against the Warhawks on LHN. The following week, Alabama will come to town in a game that will kickoff at 11 AM on Fox. The final week of non-conference play will feature a matchup with UTSA at 7 PM that will also be aired on LHN.
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Arlington, TX -- Texas and Oklahoma State kicked off the Big 12 tournament Wednesday morning at Globe Life Field. Texas weathered a long-lasting pitcher's duel to advance in the double elimination tournament with a 4-0 win over the Cowboys.
Texas' ace, Pete Hansen, put together a phenomenal pitching performance, throwing 7.2 scoreless innings. Hansen allowed only three singles and did not allow a runner to reach second base. The lefty finished the morning with 12 strikeouts and only 2 walks.
Tristan Stevens entered in relief of Hansen, quickly finishing the eighth and working around a 1-out baserunner in the 9th to secure the victory for Texas.
Oklahoma State starting pitcher Victor Mederos matched Hansen for much of the morning, as offense for the Longhorns was few and far between through the first five innings. Eventually, the Longhorns found some momentum in the sixth, starting with a single into LF from Trey Faltine. Douglas Hodo III then laid down a perfect bunt followed by an errant throw to first that allowed Faltine to score and give the Texas a 1-0 lead.
The Longhorns momentum remained steady in the seventh, scoring two more runs. Austin Todd led-off with a solo blast to left field, followed by an RBI single up the middle from Faltine to extend the Texas lead to 3-0.
Silas Ardoin gave the 'Horns some insurance in the ninth with a solo homer through left field to conclude the scoring.
The Longhorns will play the winner of Baylor and TCU on Thursday at 4 PM on ESPNU.
Faltine: (3-4) 1 RBI
Ardoin: (1-3) 1 RBI, 1 HR
Hansen: 7.2 IP, 12 K, 0 ER
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Steve Sarkisian and Brennan Marion dipped into the transfer portal again Monday afternoon, picking up a commitment from Iowa State transfer WR Tarique Milton.
Milton battled injuries his last few years with the Cyclones, but was very productive when on the field, catching 35 passes for 722 yards and 3 touchdowns in 2019. For his career, Milton has totaled 1,519 receiving yards on 99 catches. He becomes the 3rd receiver Texas has added from the portal this offseason, joining Isaiah Neyor and Agiye Hall.
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The regular season has concluded and postseason play is on the horizon for Texas baseball. With the Big 12 tournament set to begin on Wednesday, the Longhorns began the week by checking in at #19 in the latest D1baseball rankings.
Texas wrapped up a 4-0 week on Saturday with a comeback victory over Kansas and will open the conference tournament against Oklahoma State Wednesday morning at 9 AM.
The Longhorns will come to Arlington with some work to do if they hope to host a regional. The latest D1baseball tournament projections released yesterday had Texas as the #2 seed in the College Station regional.
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AUSTIN, TX -- The Texas Longhorns (39-17, 14-10) walked into the final game of the series looking for a sweep Kansas, while the Jayhawks (20-35, 4-20) are looking for a celebratory ending to their season. A sluggish start for the 'Horns saw the Jayhawks take control of the game early but a late rally from Texas gave the Longhorns the win and series sweep.
Kansas controlled the momentum early and often, scoring the first five runs of the game. A second inning solo homer over the right field wall gave the Jayhawks an early lead along with a fourth frame 2-RBI double down the left field line. They continued in the fifth with a 2-RBI single to left field that bounced past Eric Kennedy and stretched the lead to 5-0.
After registering only a single hit through the first four innings, the 'Horns finally got on the board. Mitchell Daly smashed a solo homer over the left field wall, followed by an RBI fly out from Ivan Melendez to score Trey Faltine.
While the Texas' bats were largely held in check from Kansas pitcher Ryan Vanderhei, the momentum flipped upon his seventh inning exit. An RBI single to left field from Murphy Stehly scored a run to tighten the Jayhawk's lead while also loading the bases. Skyler Messinger in his possible final game at Disch-Falk Field, against his former team, smashed a grand slam bomb through left center to give the 'Horns their first lead of the game at 7-5.
The Jayhawks were able to add a run in the eighth on a sacrifice flyout but the momentum stayed with the Longhorns.
Texas pulled away in the bottom of the eighth with a series of home runs. Eric Kennedy began the fiesta with a 2-run blast through right center, followed by back-to-back solo homers from Stehly and Austin Todd to finalize a 11-6 victory and series sweep for Texas.
Up next for the Longhorns is the Big 12 Baseball Tournament which begins on Wednesday at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas.
Messinger: (1-5) 4RBI, 1HR
Stehly: (3-5) 2RBI, 1HR
Kennedy: (1-3) 2RBI, 1HR
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The race for Arch Manning continues to heat up as the 5-star passer from New Orleans has locked in several official visits. As first reported by InsideTexas, Manning will officially visit Texas the weekend of June 18th. 247sports later confirmed the report and added that Manning will be taking official visits to Georgia on June 4th and Alabama on June 11th.
Manning, who is the consensus #1 overall player in the 2023 class, has visited Texas multiple times over the last 12 months including an unofficial visit last month. The nephew of Eli and Peyton Manning threw for 1947 yards and 26 touchdowns during the 2021 season.
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AUSTIN, TX -- The Jayhawks return to Disch-Falk FIeld for game two after the Longhorns secured a decisive 12-4 victory in the series opener. The momentum flowed early and often on Friday night, in another definitive defeat of the Jayhawks.
The Longhorns began with another quick start in the first inning. Eric Kennedy batted second in the order and showed his power with a solo homer through right field. Ivan Melendez subsequently followed with his 28th homer of the season, tying Kyle Russell's 2007 campaign for most home runs in a season in Texas history. Murphy Stehly continued with a single up the middle and was driven home by an RBI single from Skyler Messinger to give Texas an early 3-0 lead.
A run from each team in the third frame saw the Jayhawks get on the board with an RBI groundout while the 'Horns answered with an RBI single from Daly that scored Messinger to maintain the four run lead for Texas.
Eric Kennedy smacked his second homer of the game in the fourth, while Austin Todd registered his fifth homer on the season in the fifth frame to extend Texas' lead, 7-1.
The Longhorns continued their momentum in the seventh with a double down the left field line with Todd getting on base with a single to left field. Messinger knocked an RBI fly out to center to score Murphy Stehly and finalize an 8-1 victory for the 'Horns.
With the 8-1 win the Longhorns maintain their streak of being 26-0 on the season when holding the opponent to two runs or fewer on the season.
Texas will look to sweep the series with a 2:30 PM matchup with the Jayhawks on Saturday, May 21st. The game will air on Longhorn Network.
Eric Kennedy: (3-5) 3RBI, 2HR
Skyler Messinger: (2-3) 2RBI
Ivan Melendez: (1-3) 1RBI, 1HR
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AUSTIN, TX - After a weekend off for finals, the Texas Longhorns (36-17, 11-10) returned to Disch-Fa'lk Field to take on the Sam Houston State Bearkats (29-22) in a midweek matchup. A ferocious start for the 'Horns allowed for a coasting victory before culminating the regular season with a weekend meeting with the Kansas Jayhawks.
The Longhorns began with a blitzing offensive effort, scoring seven runs in the first inning after three quick outs from starter Zane Morehouse.
Douglas Hodo III and Austin Todd led off with singles to left field before Ivan Melendez drove them home with a 3-run bomb past the scoreboard. Murphy Stehly followed up on the very next pitch with a solo shot of his own past the scoreboard giving the 'Horns a quick 4-0 lead. After a grounder from Silas Ardoin and a single from Skyler Messinger, Trey Faltine registered a double to right center bringing Ardoin home and setting up two runners in scoring position. A sacrifice fly from Campbell scored Messinger while Eric Kennedy notched an RBI groundout to bring home Faltine.
Kennedy saw his first action since injuring his hamstring on April 2nd in a game against Oklahoma. The Longhorns smartly erred on the side of caution, holding Kennedy to just five innings. However it's great to see him healthy and contributing again.
After Melendez's 3-run homer in the first, his season total is now at 26, bringing him just two shy of Kyle Russell's team record of 28 (2008). With a single series left against the last place Jayhawks this weekend, Melendez will have chance at tying or even breaking that record.
The Bearkats were able to tally a couple runs with an RBI double in the fourth and a bases-loaded RBI single in the seventh. A valiant effort from the WAC's top offensive team, but the pitching from the Longhorns were able to hold them to a quiet evening.
The Longhorns tacked on a couple runs in the sixth with a double from Dylan Campbell who was driven home by Mitchell Daly in his first at-bat of the game, with an RBI double to right center. Melendez followed with an RBI grounder that dribbled past the shortstop to bring in Daly.
Texas returns to the field Thursday, May 19th at 6:30 PM, for the last series of the regular season. The meeting with the Kansas Jayhawks will air on Longhorn Network.
Melendez: (2-5) 4RBI, 1HR
Stehly: (1-3) 1RBI, 1HR
Morehouse: 5.0 IP, 5 SO, 1ER
One of the most anticipated games of the 2022 season now has a TV home. Alabama vs Texas will be televised by Fox on September 10th.
Gus Johnson and Joel Klatt will be in Austin for the call as the Crimson Tide make their first appearance on Fox since 2009.
While a kickoff time has not been announced yet, Fox has put all their primetime matchups at 11 AM the last few years, choosing not to compete with the SEC primetime slot at 2:30 on CBS and the ESPN/ABC primetime slot in the evening.
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Austin, TX -- The Texas Southern Tigers (24-21) made their way from Houston to Disch-Falk Field for a midweek matchup with the Texas Longhorns (36-17, 11-10). The Tigers came into the game with the number one scoring offense in Division I Baseball with a 9.5 run average. But the pitching from the 'Horns kept the Tigers in check...
The Texas offense came out of the gate blitzing, setting the tone early for a dominating performance. The first four hits in the first inning all came home, started by a lead-off double from Douglas Hodo III, followed by an RBI single from Austin Todd who was driven in by a 2-run homer from Silas Ardoin.
The Longhorns kept the momentum flowing in the second inning with a trio of doubles that knocked in two runs. Trey Faltine led-off with a double into the left center gap, followed by an RBI double from Ivan Melendez to drive in Trey Faltine. Murphy Stehly continued with another RBI double that brought in Melendez to tally the Longhorns' lead to 6-0.
The Tigers fought back in the third with a single and double followed by a dropped strikeout that forced a throw to first. Reuben Bennevendo of Texas Southern was able to beat the throw back home to put the first run on the board for the Tigers.
Texas enjoyed a five-run fourth inning that featured the entire lineup. Hodo led off with a single up the middle, followed by walks to Todd and Melendez that loaded the bases. Stehly notched his third hit and RBI of the game with a single to left that scored Hodo. Ardoin followed with a full count, 2-RBI double that drove in Todd and Melendez. With runners on the corners, Skyler Messinger knocked a 2-RBI single to left center to bring in Stehly and Ardoin, forcing an 11-1 Texas lead.
The 'Horns were cruising and entered the seventh with a 10-run lead. With the game seemingly at an end due to the run rule being, a two out double landed the Tigers on base. Bennevendo, who was responsible for Texas Southern's lone run on the evening, added to his night with an RBI double that extend the game to a full nine innings.
Skyler Messinger finalized the 12-2 victory for the 'Horns with an eighth inning solo shot out of left field.
The Longhorns tied a season high for doubles in a game with seven, reaching that mark in just four innings.
David Pierce's team will enjoy a much-needed week of rest before returning to Disch-Falk Field against Sam Houston on Tuesday, May 17th at 6:30 PM. That game will air on Longhorn Network
Silas Ardoin: (2-3) 4RBI, 1HR
Skyler Messinger: (4-5) 3RBI, 1HR
Murphy Stehly: (3-3) 3RBI
It has been a very active transfer portal cycle for the Longhorns, and it became even more active Tuesday afternoon when transfer WR Jordan Addison posted on social media that he was in Austin.
InsideTexas confirmed shortly after that Addison is on an official visit to Texas.
Addison played his first two seasons at Pitt, including this past season under Brennan Marion. Marion is now the wide receivers coach at Texas. Under Marion, Addison put up 1,479 yards and 17 touchdowns on 93 receptions.
USC and Alabama have been other schools linked to Addison since he entered the portal last Monday.
The upcoming NFL London schedule has been announced and the games selected look likely to provide boundless entertainment to American football fans in the English capital in 2022.
Three games will take place in London this year, two of which will take place at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and a third at Wembley Stadium. This year sees the Green Bay Packers, who are one of the teams leading the NFL sports odds for the coming season, taking part in their first-ever international game.
The Minnesota Vikings take on the New Orleans Saints in the first of the three games on October 2nd, then a week later (also at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium), the New York Giants face the Green Bay Packers.
Then on the 30th of October, it’s the turn of the Denver Broncos to clash with the Jacksonville Jaguars in the final of the international games to take place in London for the 2022 NFL season.
The head of NFL Europe and the UK, Brett Gosper, is very excited by the upcoming series and hopes that such encounters will only further the exposure of the league worldwide in years to come. He also pointed out the great interest in the Packer specifically;
"There's huge interest, it's the last of the 32 NFL teams to play internationally, and that means their first time in London,"
"Their organization is incredibly excited by that, as is Aaron Rodgers himself.”
"Great to have the current MVP here and future Hall of Famer so massive interest in that particular game, of course.”
Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson is especially excited by the prospect of playing in the London series, enthusiastically commenting;
"To be able to go to London, to go to battle overseas, to be on this football team, it's just a tremendous honor,"
"All the people there, it's electric and really special. It feels like an international Super Bowl in a way, so I'm excited.”
There are a total of five international games set for 2022, as well as the three taking place in London; there are also games in November that will take place in Germany and Mexico.
On the 13th, the Seattle Seahawks face off against Tom Brady’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the Allianz Arena in Munich, and then on the 21st, a little closer to home, the San Francisco 49ers meet the Arizona Cardinals at the Azteca Stadium.
Those games in Germany also present a real opportunity to further increase the interest in the NFL in the country, as Gosper added;
"People don't realize Germany is possibly a bigger fan market in numbers than the UK, and they've never had a regular-season game; we've been having regular-season games in the UK since 2007.”
"So in the iconic Allianz Arena, which is the home of Bayern Munich, it will be fantastic because we've got the greatest Super Bowl quarterback of all time in Tom Brady.”
"Huge expectation in Germany, huge interest in ticketing as well, which is an indication of the excitement."
No doubt, tickets for all five games will be sold in a matter of minutes; such is the pull of the NFL wherever they pitch up across the globe.