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Report: Jags are being sold to Shahid Khan

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Over the past several years, numerous stories have emerged regarding the possibility that owner Wayne Weaver is selling all or part of the Jaguars.  Weaver consistently denies those reports.

Most recently, on the night of the team’s October 24 Monday night home game, Weaver called ESPN’s Chris Mortensen to say that the team will not be sold.

Now, Mort’s on-air partner reports that the team is indeed being sold.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Weaver advised team employees on Tuesday that the franchise is in the process of being sold.

Peter King of SI.com reports that the team is being purchased by Shahid Khan, who tried unsuccessfully to purchase the Rams after the death of Georgia Frontiere.  Minority owner Stan Kroenke exercised his right to match the offer that Khan had made for the 60-percent stake in the team held by the son and daughter of Mrs. Frontiere.

Chris Mortensen of ESPN reports that the team will remain in Jacksonville.  Hopefully, his source for that one was someone other than Wayne Weaver.

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89 Responses to “Report: Jags are being sold to Shahid Khan”
  1. mvp43 says: Nov 29, 2011 11:05 AM

    Is that the dude from the Star Trek Movie?

  2. luckynumberlucas says: Nov 29, 2011 11:06 AM

    Los Angeles Jaguars?

    Sounds ok.

  3. ricardoheinze says: Nov 29, 2011 11:07 AM

    LA?

  4. bcb1999 says: Nov 29, 2011 11:08 AM

    As a Jags fan, I gotta admit now…the writing seems to be on the wall. This guy has no ties to the area at all, so no real want to keep the team in Jacksonville (other than a pretty difficult lease)…

  5. b7p19 says: Nov 29, 2011 11:08 AM

    KAAAHHHHNN!

  6. fanodawg says: Nov 29, 2011 11:09 AM

    This just in! The Jags being sold, “at least in part,” is due to Tebowmania!

  7. thompgk says: Nov 29, 2011 11:09 AM

    KHAAAAAAAAANNNNNN!!!!

  8. brianinwv says: Nov 29, 2011 11:09 AM

    Khaaaaaaaaaaaaaan!

  9. richatthelake says: Nov 29, 2011 11:10 AM

    probably Tebow’s fault too

  10. elgord says: Nov 29, 2011 11:10 AM

    Didn’t Captain Kirk kill him?

  11. golonger says: Nov 29, 2011 11:11 AM

    Hello….LA Jag-wires

  12. burm61 says: Nov 29, 2011 11:11 AM

    This is good news, maybe. I live in between Jax and Tampa and go to a couple games a year at both stadiums and the Jags atmosphere isn’t close to Tampa. They need to get something to make it more pleasant to go there on the regular basis. Maybe this guy can provide that.

  13. nflsucker says: Nov 29, 2011 11:12 AM

    Looks like Wayne Weaver wanted to maximize his skills. He has what it takes to land a job with Fox news.

  14. yyyass says: Nov 29, 2011 11:12 AM

    Damn….b7…beat me to it by an instant.

  15. marty2019 says: Nov 29, 2011 11:12 AM

    I have a bad feeling about this.

  16. stampede101 says: Nov 29, 2011 11:13 AM

    Los Angeles Jaguars…or the Jaguars of the Greater Los Angeles/Anaheim area.

  17. tonystrong says: Nov 29, 2011 11:13 AM

    Hope he gets a major discount if it is true that keeping the Jags in Jacksonville is a condition of the sale!

  18. bnwillard says: Nov 29, 2011 11:13 AM

    “Chris Mortensen of ESPN reports that the team will remain in Jacksonville”

    Yeah. This guarantees the Jags will be heading to Los Angeles.

  19. terrellblowens says: Nov 29, 2011 11:14 AM

    Wow Del Rio gets fire and you think the Jags will turn the corner and then they get sold. Poor Jags fans

  20. jwesty says: Nov 29, 2011 11:14 AM

    LA JAGS……Does not sound all that bad….

    But LA is still LA and they will lose this team in 5 years.

  21. bmoresteal says: Nov 29, 2011 11:14 AM

    I hear the moving trucks being revved up for a cross country trip to LA.

  22. pesh00 says: Nov 29, 2011 11:15 AM

    As I recall when this first came up Weaver had indicate he would not sell to someone that was not willing to keep the team in Jacksonville . But who knows…..money talks and the jags have tarps in their stadium.

  23. freebird2011 says: Nov 29, 2011 11:15 AM

    Somewhere in the universe, Chekhov is saying “we’ve got to get out of here. It’s no longer safe on Seti-Alpha 6, er, I mean in Jacksonville.”

  24. therillest says: Nov 29, 2011 11:17 AM

    Im just glad it not another Good Ole Boy!!! Go Jaguars!!

  25. yyyass says: Nov 29, 2011 11:19 AM

    As a one-time long suffering ex-Colt Baltimore football fan, it pissed the bejesus out of us up here that an area like Jacksonville would score an expansion team years before Baltimore was put back in the league. And we had to resort to taking the Browns. (No, we never wanted your stinking name and, you call those colors and a logo? We respect sports tradition unlike Indy and the Irsays.) The league got what it deserved in the long run. LA Jaguars, here they come.

  26. dannyreneau says: Nov 29, 2011 11:19 AM

    Yeah, and they told us the Seattle Supersonics would stay in Seattle. I hate you OK City

  27. illbringdabeers says: Nov 29, 2011 11:20 AM

    It just realistically looks like a move is coming. The NFL wants a team in LA really bad. I honestly thought it was going to be the Chargers (due to the close proximity) but moving the Jags wouldn’t effect the AFC South set up, unlike moving the Vikings.

  28. smo06d says: Nov 29, 2011 11:20 AM

    Over under on the number of LA Jag’s “jokes” and I use that term loosely in this thread set at 19.

  29. freebird2011 says: Nov 29, 2011 11:21 AM

    Will Blaine Gabbert feel the Wrath of Kahn?

  30. newagerocker says: Nov 29, 2011 11:21 AM

    Isn’t that the guy from the Chrysler Cordoba commercials?

  31. mrnick66 says: Nov 29, 2011 11:23 AM

    L.A can start building state farm field or geico field or whatever it is called the jags are headed west….obligatory star trek reference “i don’t believe in the no win scenario….unless we stay in jacksonville

  32. dpeterson75 says: Nov 29, 2011 11:26 AM

    Interesting, wonder if hes related to Chaka Khan? Jacksonville, I feel for you (see what I did there?)

  33. jvillejuggernaut says: Nov 29, 2011 11:26 AM

    The day the Jags leave Jacksonville is the day I stop being a fan of the NFL. Back to college at that point.

    Right now its the Jags first, FSU second. I could easily place FSU back as the only team I support.

  34. goatcheez says: Nov 29, 2011 11:28 AM

    Put the pieces together, Del Rio got fired because the team got sold FIRST.

    Weaver sold the team to Khan… who said he wanted GM Gene Smith resigned, and Del Rio fired. It’s not hard to figure out.

    Also, Jacksonville isn’t moving any time soon. They have one of the most ironclad stadium leases in the league. Khan would have to try and buy out the lease, get taken to court by the city, and basically spend a ton of money just to get out of the stadium. It’d be a bad business decision short term but if he’s thinking a move to LA or somewhere in the long term will pay him back he might try. As of now, it’d be stupid.

  35. realitypolice says: Nov 29, 2011 11:28 AM

    He didn’t try to buy the Rams to keep them in St. Louis, and he certainly is buying the Jags to keep them in Jax.

    Sorry, Jags fans. Not saying this means they are definitely moving, but I guarantee that’s what this guy has in mind.

    Good luck holding on to your team.

  36. realitypolice says: Nov 29, 2011 11:29 AM

    *isn’t* I obviously meant in the first chapter of my previous post.

    Sorry.

  37. glac1 says: Nov 29, 2011 11:31 AM

    Down the stretch they come…. It’s Jacksonville by a quarter length ahead of Minnesota in the race to LA..

  38. ravensfan4life52 says: Nov 29, 2011 11:32 AM

    This dude should change his first name to Genghis! The Jags would definitely win a Super Bowl if they were owned by a guy named Genghis Khan.

  39. patriotsdefense says: Nov 29, 2011 11:32 AM

    This is great news for the NFL and for LA.

    The Los Angeles Jaguars next need to move to the NFC and the Rams can move to the AFC. (Southern California needs a NFC market team to balance out with the AFC’s Chargers; St. Louis makes more sense playing Indy, Tenn, Hou.)

  40. dcfan4life says: Nov 29, 2011 11:33 AM

    If someone out there can explain to me how a bad team with a new non local owner and blacked out games every year DOESNT move to LA im all ears.

  41. comeonnowguys says: Nov 29, 2011 11:35 AM

    So when are they going to fire up the Annual Jags/Vikings Crosstown Rivalry?

  42. bradshawlives says: Nov 29, 2011 11:35 AM

    Chaka Khan – didn’t she do that “I Feel For You” song?

  43. gdeli says: Nov 29, 2011 11:35 AM

    are we expecting the wrath of khan? is he a nerd? ha

  44. jimmymcnultysbottleofjameson says: Nov 29, 2011 11:35 AM

    @yyyass,

    You’re so on point it’s ridiculous. Tagliabue had a serious issue with Bmore, but now he realizes it’s one of the best football towns in the nation and one of the more successful franchises and we laugh at expansion cities like Jax (even though we put on a poo poo showing down there a few weeks ago).

  45. joetoronto says: Nov 29, 2011 11:36 AM

    It’s time to pack up the tarps, LA here we come!

  46. bigvinnyinjax says: Nov 29, 2011 11:36 AM

    Kahn said the team is set in Jacksonville “for the next 20 years.” I don’t see any reason to mistrust him at this point.

  47. djdvd says: Nov 29, 2011 11:38 AM

    Chaka Khan is buying the Jags?

  48. blueglaze says: Nov 29, 2011 11:38 AM

    Again… People mentioning LA need to do research on the current contract…. Have a while until that becomes a thought… Plus Cali doesn’t have enough money for another football team… Too broke…

  49. johnnydom says: Nov 29, 2011 11:38 AM

    Isn’t he Ghengis Khan’s brother?

  50. patsfiend says: Nov 29, 2011 11:40 AM

    San Diego is the leader in the clubhouse for the big L.A. move. They are tanking, they are from there originally, and few of the fans here even care if they move.

    Maybe they both will go, and we’ll end up with the L.A. Chargers and the Anaheim Jaguars, for a few years, before the Jags move to Shanghai once China buys the league.

  51. buckeye1nation says: Nov 29, 2011 11:40 AM

    “I Feel for You” Jacksonville–Shaka Khan

  52. therillest says: Nov 29, 2011 11:42 AM

    I’m excited about the diversity this will be bring to the NFL owners Club and the continued growth that this southern city is making towards moving away from the “Good Ole Boy” system. Jacksonville has needed change and having some of the most powerful people in this city culturally diverse is a good start!

  53. hellswitch says: Nov 29, 2011 11:43 AM

    Wonder if firing Del Rio was part of the deal, kind of like when the ‘Boys were sold and Landry getting the axe was part of the deal?

  54. dvdman123 says: Nov 29, 2011 11:43 AM

    Will he change the name of the team to the “Jacksonville Enterprise”?

  55. blancodiablo says: Nov 29, 2011 11:43 AM

    yyyass says:

    As a one-time long suffering ex-Colt Baltimore football fan, it pissed the bejesus out of us up here that an area like Jacksonville…

    ————————————
    Didnt Baltimore have a team once and lost it? Yet you somehow believed you deserved another team before another city got a shot? I’m sure Cleveland felt real sorry for you poor ghetto dwellers.

    Jacksonville will be fine with or without an NFL team. But Baltimore will always be a dump. The East Coast version of Gary, Indiana.

    And I would bet 99% of you humpbacks dont even know who Edgar Allan Poe was.

  56. scarletmacaw says: Nov 29, 2011 11:45 AM

    yyyass

    I can sum up why Baltimore didn’t get the expansion franchise in two words:

    Boogie Weinglass

  57. mdagnew1 says: Nov 29, 2011 11:45 AM

    just more proof that Tags got it wrong when he made Carolina and Jax the two expansion teams. He skipped over Baltimore and told the city to “build a museum”…..

    All this just to protect his boy, JKC…and now look at the state of the Skins…

    The Ravens franchise is one of the best in the NFL…too bad they had to steal it from Cleveland…

  58. nflofficeadmin says: Nov 29, 2011 11:47 AM

    Is that Tom Landry or Wayne Weaver in the photo?

  59. godofwine330 says: Nov 29, 2011 11:47 AM

    This is a chance for a new start. Think about it. The Los Angeles Sharks. New Uniforms, New Fans, memorabilia spike, jersey sales. On the helmet a grey or midnight blue sharks fin with a hint of blood at the tip.

    It works.

    Every year I played Madden for the past 7 years I have started a franchise and moved them to LA, giving them new uniforms, helmets, jerseys, colors. Black and smoky grey or Honolulu Blue with numbers a wickedly slanted bottom style outlined in blood red. It would be cool. Black, Honolulu Blue (maybe darker blue) with a little bit of red and grey would be great colors. It would be great to see my LA Sharks vision come to fruition.

  60. umrguy42 says: Nov 29, 2011 11:53 AM

    @realitypolice

    Actually, since he lives over in Illinois (closer to STL than CHI, I believe), the big assumption was that he WOULD do everything to keep the Rams in St. Louis, as he’s a fan. He has NO L.A. ties (unlike say, Kroenke).

    Actually, my first thought was, if Kroenke moves the Rams back to LA – does Khan (and yes, all of St. Louis was doing “KHAAAAAAAAN!” when he tried to buy the Rams) move the Jags to St. Louis so he doesn’t have to go halfway across the country to see his home games?

  61. deadeye says: Nov 29, 2011 11:53 AM

    Hypothetically:

    If the Jags are sold and relocated, how would the AFC realign to accomodate a move to the LA market?

    West = Oakland, San Diego, Denver, LA-Jags
    South = Indy, Houston, Tennessee, KC

    Losing those old KC rivalries would be ugly.

    Is there a chance that they relocate to London? If so, here is how realignment might look:

    East = New England, NYJ, Buffalo, London
    South = Indy, Houston, Tennessee, Miami

    Losing the Miami rivalries would be equally ugly.

    The insistance of expanding into LA and London is going to kill some old rivalries that might actually alienate alot of NFL fans. The league needs to be careful about making such moves.

  62. blancodiablo says: Nov 29, 2011 11:53 AM

    godofwine330 says:

    Every year I played Madden for the past 7 years ….
    ————————–

    So did you make Fry Manager yet at Burger King? A “man” with your talent is sure to be a success. Not many can move from their mom’s basement at age 44. But look at you. Look at you.

  63. bigvinnyinjax says: Nov 29, 2011 11:56 AM

    My only hope is that the tarp and LA jokes will be replaced by Star Trek and Shaka Kahn jokes.

  64. tombradyswig says: Nov 29, 2011 11:58 AM

    kahn the klingon…..

    THEY ARE TAKING OVER THE WORLD!!!!

    AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

  65. baddegg says: Nov 29, 2011 12:01 PM

    “I feel for you” was a pretty good jam.

  66. hellswitch says: Nov 29, 2011 12:15 PM

    Is that Tom Landry or Wayne Weaver in the photo?
    *********************************
    Actually closer to Tex Schramm – Google it ;)

  67. pickvayne says: Nov 29, 2011 12:28 PM

    Shahid Khan is based in the Champaign-Urbana region in Illinois. I live in Central Illinois and followed his (unfortunate) failed bid to buy the Rams. My thought is that he merely wanted to buy a team and the Jags happened to be for sale. He had reasons to purchase the Rams: favorite team, close to St. Louis, bi-state ties. He has no known connection to the Jags. Either he just wants to own a team and is willing to abide by the terms of a sale agreement or he wants to move the team to wherever he won’t be required to shell out serious cash for a new or totally revamped stadium.

  68. pigskinswag says: Nov 29, 2011 12:31 PM

    I misread the headline. I thought at first it said the Jags were being sold to CHAKA KHAN.

  69. donz0 says: Nov 29, 2011 12:36 PM

    Khan: To the last, I will grapple with thee… from Hell’s heart, I stab at thee! For hate’s sake, I spit my last breath at thee! Go Jags!

  70. rickster8 says: Nov 29, 2011 12:48 PM

    No isn’t he the Chief Warlord in Mortal Kombat, Shao Khan?

    Goro is gonna sit on Blaine Gabbert’s Head and lay an egg……

    HAHAHAAHAHAHA!!!!!

    Seriously though, Del Rio should have been gone like 2 or more years ago. This team is a total mess…..

  71. baboushka says: Nov 29, 2011 12:51 PM

    Khan was reborn in the NEXUS of Joy with Kirk.

    Erstwhile known as LA.

    Can we all say hello La’Jaguars!

    I bet dumping Del Rio & Weaver eating his contract was phase one in this deal.

  72. elmoron says: Nov 29, 2011 12:56 PM

    Please. He’s not from Star Trek. He’s The Most Interesting Man in The World guy.

  73. yyyass says: Nov 29, 2011 12:56 PM

    At least in LA they can keep the name and just change the logo to an XF. (That’s a real nice expensive car to all you Jacksonville fans out there. Colorful flames and spoilers will cost you extry.)

  74. cjspiller12 says: Nov 29, 2011 1:06 PM

    Nice…….maybe he can relocate the team to Afghanistan so the Taliban can see the game of football.

  75. theroc5156 says: Nov 29, 2011 1:10 PM

    Shahid Khan? Withe a name like that it’s probably going to be more like the Saudi Arabia Jaguars.

  76. rjward926 says: Nov 29, 2011 1:11 PM

    I wonder if the real owner of this LA team will be Ari Gold therefore be called the LA Gold. What if?!?!

  77. realitypolice says: Nov 29, 2011 1:27 PM

    …………..and further more, the reason he went after the Rams had nothing to with location. Do you honestly think billionaires worry about flying in their private jets to games?

    The reason he targets franchises like St. Louis and Jacksonville is, #1 they are for sale, and #2 they are located in small markets and are way undervalued compared to what they would be worth in LA.

    This is a business decision being made by a businessman.

  78. playmaker21 says: Nov 29, 2011 1:31 PM

    I live in St.Louis and people think the Rams will move back to L.A. because Stan Kroenke will not commit to staying in St.Louis and is on the L.A. Stadium Board.

    Then Khan will move the Jaguars to St.Louis where the franchise should have been in the first place. It came down to Jacksonville an St.Louis for the #30 Expansion Franchise and they gave it to Jacksonville instead of St.Louis. It was going to be the St.Louis Stallions.

    Epic Fail move for the NFL thinking Jacksonville would be the Green Bay of the South

  79. chetwynnr says: Nov 29, 2011 1:32 PM

    So, what some of you guys are saying is that Jacksonville is being Shaheet-Khan-ed in favor of LA… right?

  80. North American Bowl says: Nov 29, 2011 1:33 PM

    There is no way Khan keeps this team in Jacksonville.

  81. hoochbcs says: Nov 29, 2011 1:40 PM

    He should move them to Dubai

  82. thridandlong says: Nov 29, 2011 2:06 PM

    Baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and Chevrolet…..

    Subway, White Hen, Dunkin Donuts and Shahid Khan !

  83. gmen1987 says: Nov 29, 2011 2:25 PM

    The Jags aren’t moving to LA….The Vikings are already headed there…San Antonio Jags, here we come.

  84. granadafan says: Nov 29, 2011 2:29 PM

    Hmm, a cultural blackhole like Jacksonville that barely has enough hotels/decent restaurants to support major events or an exciting town with tons of great places to see like LA that is the 2nd largest market. Gee, that’s a tough decision for Mr Khan.

  85. tombrookshire says: Nov 29, 2011 2:34 PM

    Moving a team from one place that doesn’t care about them or pro football to another place that doesn’t care about them or pro football.

  86. caseyanthonymunoz says: Nov 29, 2011 3:06 PM

    Remember the time Jerry Seinfeld forgot to forward his mail?

  87. rascalmanny says: Nov 29, 2011 3:11 PM

    New name:

    Jacksonville Muhammed Hussein Jags.

    Obama’s new favorite team.

  88. momentumtech says: Nov 30, 2011 5:41 AM

    Weaver didnt mean he wasnt going to sell the team. He meant he wasnt going to sell the team to Chris Mortensen. Come on where could Morty get that kind of money?

  89. nflfan007 says: Dec 7, 2011 2:48 AM

    It’s a good thing Mr. Khan picked Jacsonville because we are the NFL. William M. Raines High School, Jacksonville,FL has produced more professionals in the National Football League (NFL) than any other high school in the nation in history. Starting with Ken Burroughs of the Houston Oilers and Harold Carmichael of the Philadelphia Eagles in the 1970s and have continued the tradition. Among its alumni are Denver Broncos defensive back Brian Dawkins and New York Jets defensive back Lito Sheppard wide receivers Kevin Youngblood, Harold Carmichael, Rod Gardner, Derrick Gaffney, Denver Broncos wide receiver Jabar Gaffney and former Oakland Raiders running back DeJuan Green.

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