The Summer Olympics will be returning to the USA for the first time in 32 once 2028 gets here and Los Angeles hosts the Summer Games for the third time.
LA last hosted the Olympics in 1984 and the city is extremely excited to bring them back to the states for the first time in a long while.
With it being over 4 years out, there is still a lot of planning to do. From where everything will be held to housing. There is also still planning to do on which games will be at the 2028 Olympic Games.
According to the AP, the organizers for the LA Olympics have proposed for Flag Football to be a part of the games.
The International Olympic Committee will vote on the proposal at meetings in Mumbai, India, that begin later this week. Also on the LA proposal were baseball and softball, which have been bouncing on and off the program for decades; lacrosse; squash; and cricket — a fitting contrast to flag football in that it is virtually unknown in the United States but immensely popular over wide swaths of the globe.
“The NFL is such a uniquely American sport and this is their big, global try,” said Dan Durbin, the director of the Institute of Sports, Media and Society at USC. “The NFL dominates in the U.S. You get 10 miles into the Atlantic or Pacific and it disappears. This gives it a chance to make it visible to a global audience.”
With an implementation of Flag Football, that could give NFL players a chance to represent their country but would also cause some conflicts because the Olympics happen as the NFL is about to start.
There hasn’t been a final word on if it will be approved or not or even if NFL players would be allowed to play but Dolphins WR Tyreek Hill is trying to get a head start on putting a team together. He tweeted out how he is calling for all NFL players so they bring home the gold.
— Ty Hill (@cheetah) October 9, 2023
If this were to get approved, It would be heavenly dominated by NFL guys because the NFL just isn’t the world wide sport other sports like soccer and basketball. That could make the Olympic Committee make a rule to where there can’t be any pro guys playing and even then, college guys would dominate also.
Either way, it’d be fun to see football on the world stage.