Over the past few years, reports have emerged that all or part of the Jaguars are for sale. And the Jaguars consistently deny those reports.
Most recently, our friends at 1010XL in Jacksonville reported that owner Wayne Weaver will sell a piece of the franchise to Fred Smith of FedEx. Per the report, it would be the first step toward Smith buying the team upon Weaver’s retirement, with an agreement that the franchise will remain in Jacksonville.
The Jaguars, according to SBNation.com, denied the report with a one-line email message: “1010xl is wrong. That report is not true. Wayne Weaver is not selling the team.”
When the Jaguars hosted the Ravens last month on Monday Night Football, Weaver left Chris Mortensen of ESPN a voice message denying what at the time were rumors of a looming sale to Smith.
Smith’s name has surfaced in the past in conjunction wit ha potential purchase of the Jaguars, and there’s a loose assumption that Weaver eventually will sell the team to someone. The good news for folks in Jacksonville based on the 1010XL report seems to be that, if Smith eventually buys it, the team would stay put.