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Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

On Sunday, the NFL will play its 29th regular-season game in London. And for the 29th straight time, it will not feature two winning teams (1-3 Jets vs. 1-3 Falcons).

Think about that: The NFL has been going to London since 2007 — the same year the first iPhone debuted — and it has yet to put two winning teams on the field together.

  • This is partly due to bad luck, with games that looked good on paper becoming less appealing by the time the teams took the field.
  • It also doesn't help that the Jaguars — perennial losers — have played a London game every season since 2013 (except for 2020, when the London games were canceled).

The big picture: The NFL has been making moves recently to expand its global footprint beyond London and Mexico City (host since 2016).

  • It will hold an international combine in London next week, with plans for future combines in Mexico and sub-Saharan Africa, per The Athletic (subscription).
  • The league is also eyeing Germany — an American football hotbed of sorts — as a host for future games, and teams will soon be granted exclusive commercial access to international markets.
  • All this to say: If the NFL is serious about global expansion, it should probably schedule better matchups overseas for that audience — even if it angers U.S. fans who can't attend.

What's next: This absurd streak will hit 30 straight next week when the Dolphins (currently 1-3) play the Jaguars (currently 0-4).

Go deeper: Full list of London games (Twitter)

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John Frank, author of Denver
Oct 13, 2021 - Axios Denver

Colorado Avalanche face high expectations as season starts

Head coach Jared Bednar of the Colorado Avalanche watches as his team plays a preseason game. Photo: Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

The Colorado Avalanche take the ice tonight for the season opener with big expectations to contend for the title.

State of play: The team — partially remade after last season's second-round playoff loss — is one of three with the greatest chance to win the Stanley Cup, according to FiveThirtyEight's forecast.

Parkland shooting victims' families settle suit with school district

A makeshift memorial outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on Feb. 14, 2020. Photo: Matias J. Ocner/Miami Herald/Tribune News Service via Getty Images

Families and survivors of a 2018 mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Fla., reached a $25 million settlement in their lawsuit against the Broward County school district Monday, per the South Florida SunSentinel.

Why it matters: The deal was reached in the suit over the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High after the school district won a Florida Supreme Court ruling that could have capped damages at $300,000 in total without approval from the state legislature, AP notes.

Texas Republicans pass new congressional maps in their favor

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The Texas House voted 84-59 late Monday to approve new congressional district maps that reduce the number of districts with Black and Hispanic majorities, per the Texas Tribune.

Why it matters: The legislation comes after recent census figures found Texas' growing diverse population doesn't bode well for Republicans, who then worked to protect incumbents with the redrawn maps.