·The two-time Super Bowl winning quarterback was greeted in Shanghai by recent Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Yao Ming during “An Afternoon with Peyton Manning” fan forum held in Shanghai on September 25.
·The 14-time Pro Bowler will be the special guest at “An Evening with Peyton Manning” fan forum held in Beijing on September 28 following a youth clinic he will lead with local American football players.
September 25, 2016. It was a meeting of two sports legends when recent Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Yao Ming stopped by to greet five-time National Football League (NFL) MVP Peyton Manning in his hometown, as the two-time Super Bowl winning quarterback began his China tour in Shanghai.
Manning and Yao spent some time speaking privately behind the scenes at theFan Forum before posing for photos. When Manning asked, “so I’ll see you in Houston at the Super Bowl,” Yao confirmed that he plans to attend Super Bowl 51 in Houston, Texas, where he spent eight seasons playing center for the Rockets, saying, “I’m very excited,” before shaking Manning’s hand.
After capping off a future Hall of Fame career by leading the Denver Broncos to a Super Bowl victory in February, Manning says he “immediately said yes” when asked to act as an NFL ambassador to China with his two-city tour.
“I played in a pre-season game in Tokyo back in 2005 and we played in Mexico City when I was playing for the Colts. I’ve met some people along the way from other parts of the world and receive fan mail from China, which I think is great.” Manning said.
“With the NFL expanding its global outreach, it’s really cool that they’re looking at the possibility of hosting a game in China in a couple years,” Manning commented.
With seven first-team All Pro selections to his name, Manning follows in the footsteps of NFL Hall of Famers, Tony Dorsett, Barry Sanders, Joe Montana and Jerry Rice as special ambassadors of the game in China.
Similar to past player visits, Manning will take part in a variety of activities. He will lead local American football players at a youth clinic and the fan forum ‘An Evening with Peyton Manning’ will be held in Beijing on September 28.
Interest in the NFL has never been higher in China as the NFL continues to grow with over 20 media partners broadcasting games with more than 1.3 million viewers tuning in each week.
“We are coming off of our strongest season ever and the buzz around the new season is amazing. The sport of American football and the NFL are both really gaining ground in the sporting landscape of China,” said Richard Young, Managing Director of NFL China.
With last season’s Super Bowl drawing in a record-breaking 167 million viewersin the United States, the NFL is far and away America’s most popular sport. That loyal fandom is spreading internationally through initiatives like the league’s International Series Games (ISG) which will feature two games this season played in London’s Wembley Stadium for the tenth consecutive season, a game at London’s Twickenham Stadium for the first time and a game featuring the Oakland Raiders vs the Houston Texans on November 21 at Mexico City - the first regular season game to be held in Mexico since 2005. The International Series Games in London will be aired live in China starting at 9:30pm local time, while the Oakland Raiders vs Houston Texans game will air on Tuesday, November 22nd at 9:30 am local time.
Since establishing its China office in October 2007, the NFL has been dedicated to developing new fans and growing the game of football locally. NFL games are aired on eight regional TV broadcasters and seven nationwide online broadcasters reaching more than 124 million unique viewers. Online broadcasters include: Tencent Sports, Alisports / Youku, LeSports, Sina Sports, PPTV, iQiyi, BesTV as well as on NFLCHINA.com and NFL Game Pass (www.nfl.com/gamepass). NFL team merchandise is now widely available on www.NFLCHINASHOP.com making more NFL product from Nike, New Era, VF, Wilson and other NFL licensees available to fans in China.
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