04.06.07

Even more on the China Bowl cancellation

Posted in American football at 8:56 am by Nicole

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer offers their own version of events on the cancellation of the NFL China Bowl – the China-Seattle relationship is a strong one (it was Hu Jintao’s first stop on his U.S. tour last year) and for Seattle and the Seahawks, who were to have played the Patriots in the exhibition game, this cancellation was a supreme disappointment. One caution on this article: it was always my understanding that the China Bowl was to have been played at Workers’ Stadium, which is right on the edge of Beijing’s central business district, and not the new National Stadium in north Beijing, which is still under construction. As far back as the Chinese had ever been hearing about the game, it was understood that National Stadium wouldn’t be ready to host this game by August 2007. This article makes it sound as though the game was postponed in part because National Stadium wasn’t ready, which doesn’t resonate with what I’ve heard previously. Just a thought.

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