Globalization is a key component of professional sports leagues around the world and the National Football League is no exception, despite its reputation as a U.S.-centric league, which stems in part from its smaller slate of international players compared with other major North American competitions.

In recent years the league has looked to reach further overseas and attempt to close that gap with a number of global initiatives.

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