NFL, American Football federation enter agreement

NEW YORK -- The NFL and the American Football Verband
Deutschland, the governing body for the sport in Germany, on
Monday announced a ground-breaking agreement aimed at expanding
American football in Germany.

The agreement is the first of its type between the NFL and a
national federation.

"The NFL and AFVD have a shared interest in the long-term
development and expansion of American football in Germany," NFL
Europe managing director Jim Connelly said. "It makes sense for
us to be working together to identify opportunities for

NFL Europe has four teams based in Germany.

"We believe this cooperation is an important development for the
sport in Germany," AFVD president Robert Huber said. "We have
many shared goals which may now be pursued jointly, using the
strength and resources of our two organizations. We are looking
forward to a very successful partnership."