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Jags owner has “no interest” in Los Angeles

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Last week, AEG’s Tim Leiweke mentioned the Jaguars as one of the five teams with which discussions have been held regarding a possible purchase and relocation.

Jaguars owner Wayne Weaver responded on Tuesday.

“I have no interest [in Los Angeles],” Weaver told Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union.  “I have been consistent in saying I am committed to Jacksonville and have no interest [in moving].”

Of course, this doesn’t completely rule out the possibility of a sale of the franchise to AEG owner Philip Anschutz.  But it sounds as if Weaver plans to keep the team.

Still, as mentioned in a recent item regarding the ongoing importance of revenue growth, the next labor deal will make it even more important for each team to make as much money as possible.  Scrambling on an annual basis to sell non-premium tickets isn’t enough.  Teams will need to siphon as much cash as they can out of the market in which they currently reside, or they’ll be susceptible to landing in a market where enough money will flow.

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  1. ar1888 says: Jun 14, 2011 5:38 PM

    He better get while the gettings good. Zero future in Jacksonville.

  2. moolah954 says: Jun 14, 2011 5:44 PM

    I don’t see why the team has to leave Jacksonville or any other city .. why doesn’t L.A. just create there own team and draft there own players

  3. p4hbiz says: Jun 14, 2011 5:44 PM

    And LA has no interest in The Jaguars… Plain & Simple, it’s a loosing team & a team with no real History.

    And if you live in LA like I do, everyone know’s it Raider & Rams country. The Raiders really belong in Oakland but it’s the only team to win a SUPERBOWL in Los Angeles.

    I can see the Rams coming back or the Raiders, but not the Jaguars.. What the fans are going to fly cross country every other weekend.

    lol..

  4. p4hbiz says: Jun 14, 2011 5:46 PM

    And by looking at that photo, he wouldn’t even fit in LA.. Too angry looking for LA.

  5. catman72 says: Jun 14, 2011 5:46 PM

    What else would he say at the moment? LOL

  6. catman72 says: Jun 14, 2011 5:47 PM

    “Yes, I’m VERY interested in moving to LA but hey Jacksonville, please continue to buy season tickets for now”.

  7. texansmike says: Jun 14, 2011 5:49 PM

    He better figure out a way to generate more revenue then, or the NFL will pull a MLB on Jax and take them over like what happened to the Dodgers.

  8. ravensfan4life52 says: Jun 14, 2011 5:51 PM

    and so the list dwindles. this leaves the vikings and the rams left as the only options i believe.

  9. hobartbaker says: Jun 14, 2011 5:57 PM

    Wayne considers it a nice place to visit, but he wouldn’t want to live there.

  10. jagsdaddy says: Jun 14, 2011 5:59 PM

    Nevermind football, I also have “no interest” in Los Angeles. (smog, illegals, gangs, fake people, overpopulation, earthquakes, Lakers, Dodgers, etc.)

  11. jvillenole says: Jun 14, 2011 6:02 PM

    @texansmike

    The Jaguars are profitable. Don’t think for a minute that they are not.

  12. jetfaninla says: Jun 14, 2011 6:09 PM

    Jags owner has “no interest” in Los Angeles, but he may also have “no interest” in keeping the team. Why would he want to keep a team in which sales are so bad that the NFL blacks it out all the time?

    My money is still on the jags to come to LA. Bring MJD back to where he belongs. Keep Al Davis the hell away from LA and the Rams are doing fine in St. Louis. Keep the Chargers in San Diego because then the talk will be about, “Let’s get a team in San Diego.”

    The NFL made a mistake putting a team in Jax. This mistake can be fixed.

  13. danbo3330 says: Jun 14, 2011 6:10 PM

    Know how to tell when an NFL owner is lying?….His lips are moving!

    Does anyone really think they wouldn’t want to move from All-Tarp stadium?

  14. cincinnasti says: Jun 14, 2011 6:15 PM

    Well since the NFL is making exceptions and seems to be willing to make more exceptions to tarps over top of seats not sold. I’m sure Mr.Weaver is a little more at ease with keeping the team in Jacksonsville.

  15. blaz0037 says: Jun 14, 2011 6:21 PM

    L.A. is where NFL teams go to die

  16. kaystorm16 says: Jun 14, 2011 6:25 PM

    To p4hbiz: First off if you are going to disrespect a team make sure you use spell check maybe you ment losing instead of loosing. Also if your team is the Rams or Raiders umm look at the Jags record compared to their’s sorry to inform you buddy but the Jags won more games then both those teams put together. Do some research before you smart mouth a great team. Oh and also the Jags don’t want LA, full of fake @$$ illiterate people like you.

  17. bresilhac says: Jun 14, 2011 6:38 PM

    I can’t understand why Weaver is so enamored of Jacksonville. It’s a small, slow growth little town surrounded by swamp with little chance of changing any of that. By the same token I can see why he wouldn’t want to go to Los Angeles either.

    The best place for all of these teams mentioned as possible movers including the Jaguars is San Antonio. It’s a football crazed place with millions of football fans clamoring for a chance to host their own NFL team and its got Austin, another football hot bed, nearby. Not to mention the fact that its got a Dome ready to play in now, not in 2016. Sure it could use some renovating but the Alamodome definitely beats the dumps they have in LA, Oakland, Minnesota etc.

  18. kenudo says: Jun 14, 2011 6:38 PM

    phbiz, the Jags are actually a winning team, 133-123 overall all-time. They are the leagues second youngest team who made it to the AFC championship game in its second year, and another in its 5th. They’ve been to the playoffs twice in the last 6 years so they haven’t been a consistent contender but they’ve been more successful than a lot of teams.

  19. NoHomeTeam says: Jun 14, 2011 6:38 PM

    moolah954 says: “I don’t see why the team has to leave Jacksonville or any other city .. why doesn’t L.A. just create there own team and draft there own players”

    Wait . . . what? I’m . . . uh . . .

    p4hbiz says: “And LA has no interest in The Jaguars… Plain & Simple, it’s a loosing team & a team with no real History . . . And if you live in LA like I do, everyone know’s it Raider & Rams country. The Raiders really belong in Oakland but it’s the only team to win a SUPERBOWL in Los Angeles . . . ”

    Not so fast, there, p4hbiz. I, for one, wouldn’t mind if the franchise currently located in Jacksonville was to relocate here. With the exception of the Rams, any team that moves here is going to have to completely rebrand itself itself a la the Baltimore Ravens if the franchise is to have any hope of creating a fan-base. Football fans in L.A. wouldn’t need to embrace the Jaguars because the team won’t be the Jaguars when it begins play.
    I’ll also take issue with your statement that it’s “Raider & Rams country” here. I’ll wager you’ll find a lot of FORMER Rams fans here who now follow some other team, and even the Raider contingent who inexplicably kept the faith after Al Davis took the team back to Oakland is mercifully dwindling.

  20. plt2006 says: Jun 14, 2011 6:38 PM

    The comments reveal a lot of ignorance regarding the Jaguars, Jacksonville, and Wayne Weaver.

    @p4hbiz

    Losing history & tea with no history?
    -2 AFC title game appearances in their first 10 years. -2 Division titles in the 1st five years.
    -5 playoff appearances in the 1st ten years, 6 overall. -51.9% overall winning percentage.

  21. griblets says: Jun 14, 2011 6:53 PM

    To kaystorm16:

    Pot, meet Kettle.

    If you are going to disrespect another’s comments by correcting grammar, you should probably use proper grammar yourself. You probably meant to put a period after “their’s,” and you probably meant “than,” not “then.”

    While we’re on the subject of correcting others, either your research department is wrong, or you can’t add. The Rams 7 wins plus the Raiders 8 wins (that’s 15 put together) is greater than the Jaguars 8 wins.

  22. eaglesfan290 says: Jun 14, 2011 6:54 PM

    Every owner on that list will be singing the same song until the Midnight Run ……COLTS STYLE!

  23. semperfi24 says: Jun 14, 2011 6:54 PM

    kaystorm16, you are correct about “loosing”, that is one of those things that irks me as well, along with reading “could of” instead of “could have”, or “your an idiot” instead of “you’re an idiot”, etc. However, correcting a person’s grammar is a slippery slope, and you might want to hire an editor before you hit the submit button, just saying.

  24. jvillenole says: Jun 14, 2011 6:57 PM

    @jetfaninla

    The Jags being blacked out all of the time is a myth perpetuated by the media. Look it up. You will find that they didn’t have a single game blacked out last year, and as a whole, haven’t had nearly as many blackouts as you think.

    Do some research on your own instead of listening to what people would lead you to believe.

  25. recon163 says: Jun 14, 2011 7:20 PM

    @ jvillenole:

    “The Jaguars are profitable. Don’t think for a minute that they are not.”

    Profitable is a relative term. They are indeed profitable at a level Mr. Weaver is comfortable with.

    However that may not be the case if he ever sells.

    As I have always stated, the Jags stay in J’Ville as long as Weaver stays with the Jags.

  26. jvillenole says: Jun 14, 2011 7:36 PM

    @recon163

    Weaver has stated numerous times that if he does decide to sell the team, it will have to be to an individual commited to the city of Jax.

    Here is the way I see it. Do you remember 12+ years ago when the Jags were winning and the Colts were losing? The Colts couldn’t fill a 60k seat stadium, and they were in every relocation discussion (and just wait until Manning retires). Now look at them. It took 20 plus years and Manning to solidify the Colts in Indianapolis.

    It is completely unfair to write Jackonsville off. As a whole, they have done better than the Colts did their first 15 years in Indy, and the city is poised for major growth in the next 10 years.

  27. no1jag says: Jun 14, 2011 7:40 PM

    There has been a lot of crap throughout the last few years with regards to Weaver and his ownership. When it was reported a few years ago he let some staff go everyone stated “there you go it means he’s selling” Weaver covers seats in a stadium oversized for his market everyone says “jags don’t belong in Jville.” Fast forward to 2011 Weaver has not been mentioned as cutting pay on his current staff now when large markets such as New York and Miami are doing just that. Now it is being discussed by the leage to allow more to cover up seats to avoid blackouts, funny thing about that is these stadiums that are talking about covering up their seats are still smaller than the Jags stadium even with our tarps.

    Looks like Weaver was way ahead of the curve on his business decisions. Time to lay off Weaver and realize it took some brains (much more than most on here) to amass the fortune he has.

    oh and this gem from a rival owner in his own division for you all saying he is still selling or lying,

    http://espn.go.com/blog/afcsouth/post/_/id/24606/owner-support-irsay-has-weavers-back

  28. recon163 says: Jun 14, 2011 7:44 PM

    @ jvillenole:

    “The Jags being blacked out all of the time is a myth perpetuated by the media.”

    That is true. 2009 was an exceptionally bad year.

    “Look it up. You will find that they didn’t have a single game blacked out last year . . .”

    But they did need two extensions to ensure no blackouts.

    And of course the discounted tickets and special financing helped considerably. I wonder how they would do with the tarps removed?

  29. no1jag says: Jun 14, 2011 7:53 PM

    @recon163 I wonder how they would do with the tarps removed?

    Maybe you should save that question for the teams with smaller seating capacity than the Jags with the tarps, trying to cover thier seats up now.

  30. jvillenole says: Jun 14, 2011 8:06 PM

    @recon163

    2009 was a very bad year. Yet even then they didn’t have every game blacked out. Last year, the Bucs had every game blacked out. This is a former world champion who had every game blacked out in a city with 3x the population of Jax, but you don’t hear anything about that. Why is that?

    The special financing is not much different than what many other middle market NFL teams do on a yearly basis. And make no doubt, Jville is the NFL’s smallest market. GB has Milwaukee 1.5 hours away.

    If they removed the tarps, the stadium
    would be one of the largest capacity stadiums in the league, with more seats than over 20 other stadiums in the NFL. Even with the seats covered, they have as many seats as this year’s SB stadium (Lucas Oil in Indy)

  31. jvillenole says: Jun 14, 2011 8:19 PM

    The bottom line is this….The Media is who benefits by putting a team in LA. The media, therefore, is who keeps the LA rumors flowing.

    That includes this website. If the NFL were in LA, because of the large population, that is that many more possible hits this site might get. The more hits, the more $$$$.

    My opinion is that LA has failed numerous times with the NFL, and history is the window to the future.

    Give Jax time, the second generation fans are starting to be able to afford tix. That is two generations, and it will only grow.

  32. ar1888 says: Jun 14, 2011 8:25 PM

    Mr. Weaver is only interrested in one thing. More Tarps!!!!

  33. cliverush says: Jun 14, 2011 9:32 PM

    This writer knows very little of Mr. Weaver other than an image of an owner who really wants to keep the team in Jax. I have personal experience with Jag’s fans and have been to a game there. The pool of money in the vicinity to support the team is not up to northeast levels but it is growing. The true fans love the team like most towns, but the casual fan could care less. It needs a bigger foundation and Weaver is trying to build that. Stay put and look west for fans.

  34. MichaelEdits says: Jun 14, 2011 9:46 PM

    That’s cool. Los Angeles has no interest in the Jags. They’re like Jacksonville that way.

  35. Deb says: Jun 14, 2011 10:16 PM

    Teams will need to siphon as much cash as they can out of the market in which they currently reside, or they’ll be susceptible to landing in a market where enough money will flow.

    Can the league force an owner to sell or move?

  36. philtration says: Jun 14, 2011 10:23 PM

    The last time there was a blackout in Jacksonville someone called the police and they made him go back inside.

  37. Soulman45 says: Jun 14, 2011 10:48 PM

    That sound like my lady no no no noway until yes yes yes ohyes

  38. dogsweat1 says: Jun 14, 2011 10:54 PM

    The “Los Angeles” move tool continues to torment…

  39. mechajaguar says: Jun 14, 2011 11:16 PM

    Another day, another Jags-LA article and yet another slew of idiots stating that Jacksonville has no interest in the team and we’re heading to L.A…

  40. jvillenole says: Jun 14, 2011 11:57 PM

    Write it down……Jacksonville will win the AFC South. Write it down.

  41. jvillenole says: Jun 14, 2011 11:58 PM

    Heck…..they almost did last year with a team full of rookies.

  42. drkknght2000 says: Jun 15, 2011 8:07 AM

    Why should LA get a team they have had one three times and could not fill the seats. Do they deserve a team just because of market share and make a smaller stadium to fill it? That doesn’t sound right, smaller stadium equals no Super Bowl.

  43. nationalmediacansuckit says: Jun 15, 2011 9:47 AM

    Any time the Jaguars have a topic, people mention the same things which they are all clueless about. Blackouts, tarps, and L.A. That is b/c of ONE bad season in one of the worst economic times in the history of this country and the national media pushing their Jax bashing agenda.

    Then some of you mention no real history. What does that mean? What’s the Texans history?What’s the Panthers history? Ravens, Titans, Marlins, Rays, Diamondbacks, Bobcats, Hornets, Sharks, Lightning I can go on and on. What expansion team has history? Even teams like Bucs, Cardinals, Saints and many more have what, a losing history. So that’s makes them more important than an expansion team. Cut me a break.

    Bottom line, The same people write the same comments on every Jaguar thread and have no facts or clue about Jacksonville or the Jaguars. You all read everything on this webiste(an opinion based website) and their NBC agenda and take it to the bank. Do us all a favor, worry about your team. I rarely comment on any other teams topics especially when I have no knowledge of the subject, the city or their teams. I do however have more knowledge about Jax and the Jaguars than you. Stick to your team and I’ll do the same.

  44. moolah954 says: Jun 15, 2011 11:06 AM

    @nationalmediacansuckit
    you make some very valid points.. but not to nit pick you mentioned the Marlins they have 2 world series titles and the last one in Yankee stadium they have a history the other teams you mentioned dont…. but other than that you have a very valid point

  45. nationalmediacansuckit says: Jun 15, 2011 3:05 PM

    @moolah954

    Thank you and I do understand that the Marlins have titles, but they are still an expansion team and when you think of world series titles, very rarely will the Marlins come to mind b/c of their short life.

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