No matter what we say about the Jaguars’ plight in Jacksonville, plenty of folks in Jacksonville will refuse to accept our opinions, primarily because we refuse to sugarcoat or neutralize our belief that the Jaguars are destined to move.
But there’s another guy who shares our views. He’s Mike Freeman of CBSSports.com, and formerly of the Florida Times-Union. Freeman sees the handwriting even more clearly than we do.
Freeman believes that, despite recent gains in ticket sales, “[t]he Jaguars represent the official end of the small-market experiment the NFL launched some 15 years ago.” He also has heard that other owners “are agitated with the Jaguars’ situation more than ever and increasingly favor the team moving to Los Angeles, London or even Orlando (assuming there’s a new stadium built).”
Freeman’s guess? The Jags will be moving to L.A. within two or three years.
We wouldn’t bet against him on this one. The only question is whether another team lands in L.A. first, forcing the launch of the London Shaguars.