The controversial plan to play top-flight English league matches overseas could still come to fruition, Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore said on Friday.
The so-called "39th game" plan, which drew criticism from FIFA president Sepp Blatter, was revealed last year with Scudamore calling for an extra round of league fixtures to be played around the globe in cities such as Beijing and Bangkok.
Scudamore compared the plan to the NFL's decision to stage a regular season game between the New Orleans Saints and San Diego Chargers at Wembley Stadium today.
"Globalization of sport is here, it's been here for a while and this is just the next manifestation of it," Scudamore said at a global sport summit in London on Friday.
"We knew the reaction would be somewhat extreme and we knew it was going to be difficult, maybe not as quite as difficult, but clearly we have been looking at this for some time."
"It would be ridiculous of me to say the reaction hasn't moved us back to, if not to the drawing board, then certainly the think tank. It has probably pushed the timelines back."