San Francisco, California - The National Football League, leading Mexican broadcaster Televisa and Mexico's Tourism Secretariat have signed an agreement to bring regular-season games to the Aztec nation starting this year.
The deal was inked in San Francisco last Friday, just two days before Super Bowl 50 kicked off in the nearby Northern California city of Santa Clara.
The teams chosen for the 2016 game in Mexico, to be played on Nov. 21 in Mexico City, are the Houston Texans and the Oakland Raiders, as several sources close to the Texans' organization had confirmed to EFE on Thursday.
The participation of the Texans will be especially significant because Houston is home to a large Mexican-American community and will host the 2017 Super Bowl.
The Raiders, meanwhile, have a large following in Mexico because one of their former head coaches, Tom Flores, is a Mexican-American and the first Latino in that position to win a Super Bowl title, achieving that feat in 1981 and also coaching the Raiders to the championship in 1984.
The Raiders will host the Texans at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City on Monday, Nov. 21, marking the first time that Monday Night Football will be played outside the United States.
The agreement also covers two other regular-season NFL games in Mexico, although the teams for those contests have not yet been determined.
Estadio Azteca hosted the NFL's first international regular-season game on Oct. 2, 2005, when 103,467 packed that stadium to watch the Arizona Cardinals defeat the San Francisco 49ers 31-14.
The goal this time around is to provide a better viewing experience for fans and not to shatter attendance records at the stadium, which is expected to seat 87,000 people once a renovation plan, including upgrading telecommunications capabilities and modernizing locker rooms, is completed.
The Nov. 21 Texans-Raiders game will be televised by ESPN in the United States and by Televisa and ESPN in Mexico.Source: Fox Latino News