Had the NFL decided to roll with the disaster that was shaping up in Mexico City concerning field conditions for Week 11's game between the Los Angeles Rams and Kansas City Chiefs, there's a good chance the contest would have lacked some serious star power.
Rumors suggested that certain players from both sides threatened to sit out
According to NFL Insider Jay Glazer, we now know a few of the players, among many, who were making the threat.
Todd Gurley and Kareem Hunt were among the players who said they wouldn't play in Mexico City if the NFL kept Monday night's game there, per @JayGlazer.— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) November 18, 2018
Imagine a Chiefs-Rams game without superstar running backs Kareem Hunt AND Todd Gurley? It would be like watching a preseason game in November with so much on the line, in what could be a prequel to a potential Super Bowl matchup in February. Fans would have undoubtedly felt robbed.
Luckily, the game was moved to Los Angeles, so we don't have to worry about any boycotts Monday night. The question for the future remains, though: will the NFL host a game in Mexico City in the future following this year's debacle?
NFL officials traveled back to Mexico City this past week, after MNF was moved, to engage in further discussions about future games. Those discussions are ongoing and there’s every chance that, even though this year’s game there was cancelled, future games could be played there.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 18, 2018
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is not giving up hope that it can and will get done again.
The league and Mexico City's stadium grounds crew will just have to make sure to better prepare if and when the next opportunity arrives.