Report: NFL wants to play a regular-season game in China in 2018

The NFL continues to think globally. After taking care of business and landing a team in Los Angeles, the NFL owners are continuing to focus on moving outside the borders of the United States.

This includes China, where the league is trying to get a regular-season game in place.

As first reported by Alex Marvez of FOX Sports, the NFL wants a game there as early as 2018 and there are a "handful" of teams interested in the idea.

The league is almost permanently embedded in London at this point, with games taking place overseas on an annual basis.

But London is one thing. China is an entirely different animal. We're talking about a flight that leaves one day and arrives the next day (roughly 12 hours of non-stop flying based on a quick Kayak search).

Of course, NFL teams will do things a little differently, flying a charter and taking a lengthy amount of time to get there, adjust to the difference physically and then having a bye week after.

The reason there's interest? You ever see how many Houston Rockets fans are in China? If you're an NFL team, you look at China and see a totally untapped 1.3 billion person fanbase. 

Be the first team in, generate some love in China and there is a potential revenue firehose waiting to be opened. 

The league will harp on "spreading the game worldwide" but it's code for "make lots of money." China is an opportunity for it and as such don't be surprised when this happens.

The NFL is reportedly setting it sights on China. (USATSI)

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Will Brinson joined CBS Sports in 2010 and enters his seventh season covering the NFL for CBS. He previously wrote for FanHouse along with myriad other Internet sites. A North Carolina native who lives... Full Bio

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