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NFL has a mess on its hands in Mexico

The Los Angeles Rams-Kansas City Chiefs game will be played at the LA Memorial Coliseum on Monday, November 19 at 5 PM PT, the National Football League announced today. The game will be broadcast on ESPN and locally on ABC, as well as on radio in English on ESPN LA 710AM and in Spanish on ESPN Deportes/KWKW 1330 AM. 

Starting today, Rams Season Ticket Members can go onto Rams Account Manager to purchase their current seats until Thursday at 5 PM PT. Starting Wednesday at 10 AM PT, Season Ticket Members will have a three-hour presale before the general public to purchase up to four additional seats.

For the general public, tickets will be available starting Wednesday, November 14 at 1:00 PM PT at therams.com.  

In addition, the Rams will be providing thousands of complimentary tickets to first responders who are bravely protecting the greater Los Angeles community, as well as people who have been impacted by our communitys recent tragedies. 

MEDIA ALERT:Media interested in covering the game should submit their applications online at www.therams.com/media. The application deadline is Friday, November 16 at 5 PM PT. Applications will only be reviewed if submitted by the assigning sports editor, producer or director. Due to operational limitations, FedEx shipping and pickup at the team practice facility in Thousand Oaks will NOT be available. A convenient pickup location and general credential and parking information will be shared later this week

The NFL announced earlier today that it will move the Monday, November 19, Kansas City Chiefs-Los Angeles Rams game originally scheduled for Estadio Azteca in Mexico City to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles.  The decision is based on the determination – in consultation with the NFLPA and following a meeting and field inspection this afternoon by NFL and club field experts as well as local and independent outside experts – that the playing field at Estadio Azteca does not meet NFL standards for playability and consistency and will not meet those standards by next Monday.

Regardless of how the NFL resolves the question of whether to proceed with Monday night’s game of the year in Mexico City, the league has yet another mess of its own making.

Here we are, six days before the Chiefs and Rams will meet in Mexico, and the league engaged in no obvious proactive effort to solve the problem until the pot reached a full, raging boil.

The turf at Aztec Stadium remains a “mess,” but the NFL is “determined” to play the game, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

It’s easy to envision a series of hectic meetings and frazzled conference calls during which a variety of arguments are made and considerations are balanced. Here’s hoping that the only factors that ultimately matters are: (1) the safety of the players; and (2) the integrity of the game.

Remember the second one? That was the cover the NFL used to justify whacking the Patriots over a trivial football-inflation issue under a standard that had been on the books for so long that no one knew why it was even there. Taking a little air out of the ball to make it easier to throw (the NFL failed to prove that this ever happened) and thus making the game better is a far cry from forcing two of the best offenses in the NFL to play on a field that looks like the vacant lot in every neighborhood where a house was torn down and a smattering of grass, weeds, rocks, and dirt is now in its place.

Instead, other concerns will drive the decision, from legal claims made by fans who incurred travel plans in reliance on the game being played in Mexico (there will be liability, and the NFL should do the right thing and provide fair refunds) to potentially alienating Mexican officials who could kill future NFL games there to possibly undermining the league’s effort to squeeze as much money as possible out of international wallets. Those concerns should be secondary to the safety of the players and the integrity of the game.


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