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Jags deny report that team is for sale, again

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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, 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.

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34 Responses to “Jags deny report that team is for sale, again”
  1. bangyourhead4 says: Nov 4, 2011 9:51 AM

    Take that to the bank! Cha-Ching!

  2. zoxitic says: Nov 4, 2011 9:54 AM

    Jacksonville is locked into a lease on EverBank Field through 2029. Breaking that lease would carry prohibitive financial penalties. The only way to circumvent those penalties would be to prove three consecutive years of financial losses – impossible in today’s NFL – and get judicial approval to leave the stadium.

    The JACKSONVILLE Jaguars

    Get used to it.

  3. udtfrogmanvet says: Nov 4, 2011 10:12 AM

    Who’s going to be the first sheep with the L.A. talk?

    It pays to be a winner…

  4. shackdelrio says: Nov 4, 2011 10:12 AM

    Fred Smith is 67 years old. I have to think that part of the agreement would be to have his two sons involved. One of his sons works for the Tennessee Titans and the other plays at Memphis (connections?!?) right now.

  5. purpleguy says: Nov 4, 2011 10:24 AM

    If that team is staying in Jacksonville, FedEx had better remain profitable in the foreseeable future, as that market just can’t reasonably support an NFL team.

  6. tigers182 says: Nov 4, 2011 10:37 AM

    How many times does LA need to be given a team, only to have no one support it? LA’s a bad sports town and doesn’t deserve a team.

    I’m not a Jaguar fan, but Jacksonville’s been a great supporter for this franchise, just needs a better owner.

  7. joetoronto says: Nov 4, 2011 10:37 AM

    Nobody delivers tarps like Fedex.

  8. robigd says: Nov 4, 2011 10:39 AM

    purpleguy says: Nov 4, 2011 10:24 AM

    If that team is staying in Jacksonville, FedEx had better remain profitable in the foreseeable future, as that market just can’t reasonably support an NFL team.


    Jacksonville isn’t even the LEAST profitable team in the league.

    Comments like these are what got you to the position in life you are currently in.

  9. mikebyrne1502 says: Nov 4, 2011 10:43 AM

    I wonder if L.A. will do like the OKC and have a contest on what to rename the team?

    L.A.: ???

  10. jaxpat says: Nov 4, 2011 10:56 AM

    Gotta love living in this city. If you have a monday night game and need budweiser to buy the remaining tickets so there isn’t a blackout, that is just sad. Oh and whoever said they are locked in for 20 more years check out the Baltimore Colts. Wayne weaver doesn’t care about football, just shoes lol. For the right price they are gone, and these sad sad nfl fans wont know how good they had it.

  11. ar1888 says: Nov 4, 2011 11:14 AM

    Any lease is breakable. It just has to be bought out. If L.A already will have over a billion dollars in a new stadium? what a few million more to break a the lease on a tarped up stadium? Look out L.A. Here come your Jaguars.

  12. Little Earthquake says: Nov 4, 2011 11:39 AM

    He can deny all he wants, but I saw the ad on Craigslist.

  13. The Phantom Stranger says: Nov 4, 2011 11:45 AM

    If Fred Smith of FedEx buys the team, he’ll probably deliver it overnight to LA.

    Just kidding. I hate comments about teams moving to LA. Except for the Chargers. They really should move there.

  14. emma333 says: Nov 4, 2011 12:05 PM

    It’s really interesting to see the same bitter, angry, jealous, fans of other teams that come out of the woodwork whenever this topic arises. Jacksonville has a team…..stop wishing bad things for our city and our fan base….stop googling to find every negative thing that has ever been written …just try to get over it….you’re getting pathetic.

  15. Raider-in-PA says: Nov 4, 2011 12:32 PM

    Los Angeles Jaguars… Kinda catchy…

  16. bdawkins20 says: Nov 4, 2011 12:33 PM

    Wayne alwasy says he not selling the team but eveyr year a “rumor” comes out he is. he should sell it already and not to anyone wanting to move it la. winning will solve all these issues. get better scouts,draft better. when they were good that place was usually full. a la team will never work it never has why do we waste out time thinking it will. la is a crappy sports town unless you name is lakers.

  17. johnrichardsondurham says: Nov 4, 2011 1:06 PM

    Pete Prisco mentioned this weeks ago on his show, but I guess PFT didn’t catch wind of it. So he’s selling a minority share. Big deal. The dude is long in the tooth. He’s said all along he’ll sell to someone just as commited to Jacksonville as he is

    I just want to know what all the parking lot prophets who claim they saw a vision of Tebow who told them the Jaguars would be in LA will be doing in ….oh….2020 when the Jags are still in town.

    So, when will this modern day messiah come and take the Jaguars away? I’m still waiting.

  18. yevrag3535 says: Nov 4, 2011 1:08 PM

    Who’d what to buy that crap?

  19. earthtopft says: Nov 4, 2011 1:17 PM

    The misunderstanding came about when reporters saw all the team equipment being loaded into long haul, cross country, FedEx tractor trailers.

  20. earthtopft says: Nov 4, 2011 1:19 PM

    Guy who made a career selling shoes to women sells out to the world’s greatest postman. Whatever.

  21. zoxitic says: Nov 4, 2011 1:37 PM

    earthtopft says:

    The misunderstanding came about when reporters saw all the team equipment being loaded into long haul, cross country, FedEx tractor trailers.

    That was the offensive playbook that was loaded onto the truck. We are still looking for the tracking #.

  22. nationalmediacansuckit says: Nov 4, 2011 2:02 PM

    I’ve made three different post on this topic today, but the powers that be on here will not post them. That’s what happens when you write facts on here that they dont like. I wonder why……..hmmm.

  23. egetto says: Nov 4, 2011 2:13 PM

    jaxpat – move

    Ari88 and the rest of sheep: Its not really your fault….PFT has been pushing this Jags moving/lack of support thing a long time despite the facts, and we know you don’t do any deep thinking or investigation for yourself… if you want – keep writing the same, wrong comments about Jax – and we will keep supporting our small market team in our big stadium.

    Plus, next year, they are going to be damn good….going to be a fun ride

  24. jagmania65 says: Nov 4, 2011 2:16 PM

    yeah – because when you want reliable NFL news, you should get it from the local, bartered-time AM station without broadcast rights to the team…

  25. ar1888 says: Nov 4, 2011 4:52 PM

    egetto,are you telling me I didnt see tons of empty seast during your primetime Monday night game in addtion to your 10,000+ tarp covered seats? If you cant get butts in seats for a primetime game your team is in a sorry state. For everone who has theie head buried in the sand that L.A didnt sell tickets, your mistakend. It was the lack of luxury boxes that made L.A lose 2 teams. With a new stadium that wont be a problem for the L.A. Jaguars. Your small town cannot support a team, its time let it go.

  26. jacksonvilledave says: Nov 4, 2011 5:23 PM

    ar1888 says:
    Nov 4, 2011 4:52 PM
    egetto,are you telling me I didnt see tons of empty seast during your primetime Monday night game in addtion to your 10,000+ tarp covered seats?

    Those were teal shirts in those seats you blind PATHETIC little sh!t……It’s time for you to let it go. Walk up stairs out of mamma’s basement, and get yourself a life!

  27. granadafan says: Nov 4, 2011 5:58 PM

    “jacksonvilledave says:
    Nov 4, 2011 5:23 PM
    Those were teal shirts in those seats you blind PATHETIC little sh!t……”

    How clever of the Jags Marketing department to use t-shirts to cover the empty seats instead of the dirty tarps!

  28. ar1888 says: Nov 4, 2011 8:36 PM

    jacksonvilledave if they were teal shirts, they didnt have anyone inside of them. I need to grow up? You are the one in denial about the your team needing Budweiser to buy seats that werent tarped over. It nothing personal dave. Jacksonville is too small, or doesnt care enough about the Jags to support a team. I think you need to let it go.

  29. jcjaguar says: Nov 4, 2011 9:37 PM

    ar1888…you don’t know jack $hit about the Jags stadium…They rank 25th in percentage of the stadium filled and 26th in avg. total attendance (if you can wrap your tiny little brain around any kind of statistic)….not great but no last. The empty seats you see are probable people that are in the South endzone…either in the Budzone or the terrace…you can see that can fine from there and it’s more of a party atmosphere. Your name pops up all the time with negative comments in these Jag stories…What is the axe you are grinding? Are you a Baltimore fan? Do you live in LA? Or did mommy just block all the porn sites and you have nothing better to do? Time for you to come clean troll!

  30. emma333 says: Nov 4, 2011 10:13 PM

    uh, ari I think there were people in those shirts. I think they were Jags fans…I think the stands were full…if you had been there you would have known that….and it is personal, because you believe what you are fed…and repeat…perception is reality..NOT!

  31. youboettcha says: Nov 5, 2011 1:34 AM

    Fred Smith? Oh… the original Fred-Ex.

  32. nationalmediacansuckit says: Nov 5, 2011 5:55 AM

    Let me help you out my confused friend. The empty seats you are referring to were the 5k seat that were added over the weekend, just like they are every year, for the FL/GA game coming up that Sat. Everbank Field can be expanded to 80k+. With the tarPs stadium hold 67,164. Still making it 20th largest capacity in the league.

    Budweiser didn’t buy one single ticket on Monday Night. That was the Bengals game and that was the only time that was done here. Our “small town” as you say(never new 1.4 mil was small, but whatever) has supported this team. Yes there has been a season here and there of ticket issues, but not the way it is reported. Besides outside of maybe 6-7 teams, every team has had ticket issues at some point. For instance did you know the Raiders have had 90+ blackouts since moving back to Oakland in 95. Of course you didn’t. Did you know the Cardinal were putting 30k in the stands until Kurt Warner arrived? Of course you didn’t. Because it’s not reported, but the list goes on and on. Just the doom and gloom of Jax.

    These are facts my friend. Don’t let them get on your way of making a sound judgment. By the way I’ve lived in San Fran for many years and would travel to LA on business. Trust me it’s nothing spectacular. But I get it you’re a homer. That’s fine.

  33. pzimm7778 says: Nov 8, 2011 1:22 PM

    Is Jacksonville among the worst fan bases in the league? Certainly they are.Will the team be gone from there one day? Certainly it will. But let’s not create facts that suit our desires. The Monday Night game somehow, some way sold out. There were not many empty seats that I saw at kickoff. No more really than I’d see most anywhere else….minus the tarped seats of course.

  34. pzimm7778 says: Nov 8, 2011 1:25 PM

    The Cardinals were putting 30K in the stands until their new stadium opened. Not because of Kurt Warner. If the Jags played in something that was like Sn Devil Stasium I wouldn’t blame them for not going either. Thank you.

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