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NFL backs off initial plans to play a game in China by 2018 after facing challenges with time differences, Chinese politics and local interest

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t's difficult to find a time for a game that can make American and Chinese fans happy given the 12-hour time difference, and only 500,000 Chinese fans consistently watch American football games online. Additionally, the NFL has concerns about how it would appear by working with a country that restricts freedom of speech, movement and religion.
8 months ago
Lucas Niewenhuis
By Lucas Niewenhuis
Lucas Niewenhuis is an associate editor at SupChina who helps curate daily news and produce the company's newsletter, app, and website content. Previously, Lucas researched China-Africa relations at the Social Science Research Council and interned at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. He has studied Chinese language and culture in Shanghai and Beijing, and is a graduate of the University of Michigan.
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