The NFL has been playing catch-up to the rest of the world for more than a decade.
In 2013, its first year of expansion, the league made $824 million in revenue.
The next year, the NFL added 2,000 new stadiums, more than any other sports league, and its television revenue surpassed that of the NHL, the NBA, and Major League Baseball.
Since then, the sport has been growing rapidly.
During the past four years, the average attendance for an NFL game has grown by 617,000 fans, up from 704,000 last year.
That’s a huge jump, but it’s only half of what the league will be seeing once the NFL begins playing a new, 24-game regular season.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has been touting the league’s popularity since it opened in 1946.
And as the league grows in popularity, it’s also expanding in size.
But what about the rest-of-the-world?
In a recent article, Forbes contributor Robert Wiblin found that while the NFL is growing in popularity in the United States, its international expansion has lagged behind.
According to Forbes, only 12 of the 28 largest sports leagues in the world have expanded their territories.
Wiblin also found that the NFL does not enjoy the same level of support in other countries.
While the NFL has attracted some major foreign stars, like Michael Vick and Deion Sanders, it has failed to attract many top players, especially those from the Middle East and Africa.
The NFL’s expansion plans are in danger.
If the league decides to stop playing in America, its expansion plans will be in serious jeopardy.
“A lot of the fans in America are going to be disappointed,” NFL commissioner Roger tolson said last year when announcing the league would not expand in the U.S. He said he would like to see the league expand in other markets, including the United Kingdom and Australia.
Major League Soccer and the NHL will remain in the American market, although the former could end up leaving the league after the 2019 season, according to Forbes.