NFL owners are beginning to gather at a Phoenix-area resort for this year’s annual league meetings that begin on Monday. Ahead of that event, however, Pittsburgh Steelers team president Art Rooney II has announced a few details related to the 2017 season.
According to Bob Labriola of steelers.com, Rooney stated that the team won’t play a game in Mexico during the 2017 season and that’s not overly surprising and shouldn’t be a shock based on previous updates the Steelers president has given on that particular topic. As for the possibility of a Steelers game in Mexico in 2018, Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported this past February that’s unlikely to happen.
Art Rooney II: No game in Mexico in 2017 for @Steelers; team won’t have a throwback jersey in ’17 but exploring possibilities for ’18.
— Bob Labriola (@BobLabriola) March 24, 2017
Rooney also indicated Friday that the Steelers won’t have throwback uniforms in 2017 but did say the organization is exploring possibilities for the 2018 season. The Steelers recently put away their 1934 striped bumble-bee throwbacks that they had been wearing for select games since 2012.
Currently, the NFL owners are slated to vote on the Raiders’ proposed move from Oakland to Las Vegas next week. Additionally, they will be considering several rule-change proposals made by the NFL’s competition committee and by individual teams.
“As you know, the Raiders proposed a move to Las Vegas,” said Rooney. “That’s going to be a major item for consideration on the agenda. There are still pieces that have to fall into place as we speak, but I do expect that proposal is going to be voted on at this meeting.”
Next week, NFL coaches will meet with media members over breakfast Tuesday and Wednesday and that’s the next time we’ll likely hear from Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin.