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Jaguars hire MetLife Stadium CEO Lamping as team president

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Jaguars owner Shad Khan continues to dramatically re-shape the franchise he just purchased.

Tania Ganguli of the Florida Times-Union reports Khan hired Mark Lamping to be the first team president for the Jaguars in more than a decade. Lamping will oversee all non-football operations. For now, no other front office changes are known.

Lamping has a long track record inside sports. He was most recently president and CEO of Metlife Stadium in New Jersey. Before that, Lamping was the president of the St. Louis Cardinals for 13 years. He oversaw the building of a new stadium in St. Louis and one World Series title.

Lamping and G.M. Gene Smith both report directly to Khan.

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  1. nationalmediacansuckit says: Feb 13, 2012 11:21 AM

    I don’t know what Khan is selling, but whatever it is I’m buying. The good thing is when you’re on the bottom there’s no where to go but up. This kind of fresh air has been long overdue.

  2. mianfr says: Feb 13, 2012 11:26 AM

    So… A new stadium is coming?

  3. AlanSaysYo says: Feb 13, 2012 11:30 AM

    So Khan wants a guy who knows a thing or two about getting stadiums built…

  4. shackdelrio says: Feb 13, 2012 11:58 AM

    I like Wayne Weaver and obviously without him, we don’t even have a team in Jacksonville.

    But I’m glad to have some fresh faces in the organization.

    Yes We Khan.

  5. ogre2010 says: Feb 13, 2012 11:59 AM

    As a Jaguar Fan that has been down and out for the past seven years, I am excited what The Mustache is doing!!

  6. lasher1650 says: Feb 13, 2012 12:11 PM

    This is another step in the Jaguars moving to St. Louis upon the Rams exit. Kahn is tightly connected to the money movers in the Illinois Senate (Kahn’s company is HQ’d in Springfield, IL) and Lamping is the best in the business at overseeing such deals and has strong connections with the St. Louis business community. Once the Jaguars can show revenue losses for 3 consecutive years (with the 3rd year being 2014, which coincides with the Rams; ability to break thier lease in STL), they are allowed to void their current lease in JAX and free to move the team elsewhere.

    The Jaguars, the franchise that was supposed to be in STL at thier inception, will finally make their way to the midwest, with a newly constructed stadium on the Illinois side of the river just across from St. Louis – likely playing in the current STL dome for a season or two until construction of the new stadium is finalized.

  7. joetoronto says: Feb 13, 2012 1:31 PM

    All teasing aside, it’s truly sad to see how many Jags fans can’t see the writing on the wall.

  8. emma333 says: Feb 13, 2012 2:04 PM

    @lasher—the Jaguars were supposed to be in St Louis??? Baltimore will say the same thing…but they are NOT, they are in Jacksonville….
    It could be that Mr Khan knows Lamping through prior connections and feels he is the best for the job…your assumptions that the Jaguars will lose money is a little premature as well..Finally, what is the huge financial benefit to Mr Khan to move to St Louis?

  9. therealdeal409 says: Feb 13, 2012 2:09 PM

    If the Rams move from St. Louis, it will be the second NFL team to leave the city in a 25 year span. Why in hell would then NFL want to put a third teaam there? All of this Shad Kahn/St. Louis conspiracy theory that people keep idiotically suggesting is utter garbage.

  10. rollteal says: Feb 13, 2012 2:30 PM

    Everyone wants to be a conspiracy nut because someone is from St Louis and worked for their baseball team he is here in Jacksonville as part of Khans master plan to relocate the Jags to the Midwest which would mean st. louis would have then failed twice in pro football in the post merger era if the Rams leave. Not to mention khan wouldn’t be changing so much already if he didn’t want to change the direction on the field of how the team is going. Not to mention why would they do a uniform change that is going to drive up revenue. And the Goodell said they are looking to expand before relocation, I’m not even going to get into the lease.. Simply put the team is not going anywhere at least not now.

  11. lasher1650 says: Feb 13, 2012 3:52 PM

    emma333 says:
    Feb 13, 2012 2:04 PM
    @lasher—the Jaguars were supposed to be in St Louis??? Baltimore will say the same thing…but they are NOT, they are in Jacksonville….
    It could be that Mr Khan knows Lamping through prior connections and feels he is the best for the job…your assumptions that the Jaguars will lose money is a little premature as well..Finally, what is the huge financial benefit to Mr Khan to move to St Louis?
    _____________________________________________________________

    First – yes, the Jaguars were to be in St. Louis, known as the St. Louis Stallions. An 11th hour financing snafu with the ownership group thwarted what was considered by the NFL to be a “done deal”. In fact, the Stallions logo was hanging behind the current as the NFL was about to announce what expansion franchises were to be awarded and literally had to swap the Jags logo for the Stallions less than 30 minutes before the press conference.

    Second – you ask what financial benefit?

    1) A new stadium with lots surrounding real estate for development.

    2) A city that has proven to be a “pro” sports town and shown they will support the local product via attending games (note not a single Rams game was blacked out this year despite a 2-14 season – meaning local broadcastsing revenues that are not available in JAX where the majority of games are blacked out). Plus the Blues and Cardinals have top 5 attendance figures in thier respective sports further illustrates the area’s ability to support pro sports franchises.

    3) Finally, the St. Louis metro area is twice as large as that of the Jacksonville metro area (2.8 million vs. 1.3 million people), making the St. Louis metro are the 18th largest television market in the country – more butts, more viewers equals more revenue earning opportunities.

    Have I made my case yet? Connect the dots folks, it isn’t that hard to figure out.

  12. rollteal says: Feb 13, 2012 4:08 PM

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/12/30/rams-buy-their-own-tickets-to-avoid-blackout/

  13. leopold332002 says: Feb 13, 2012 4:30 PM

    lasher1650 says:Feb 13, 2012 3:52 PM

    emma333 says:
    Feb 13, 2012 2:04 PM
    @lasher—the Jaguars were supposed to be in St Louis??? Baltimore will say the same thing…but they are NOT, they are in Jacksonville….
    It could be that Mr Khan knows Lamping through prior connections and feels he is the best for the job…your assumptions that the Jaguars will lose money is a little premature as well..Finally, what is the huge financial benefit to Mr Khan to move to St Louis?
    _____________________________________________________________

    First – yes, the Jaguars were to be in St. Louis, known as the St. Louis Stallions. An 11th hour financing snafu with the ownership group thwarted what was considered by the NFL to be a “done deal”. In fact, the Stallions logo was hanging behind the current as the NFL was about to announce what expansion franchises were to be awarded and literally had to swap the Jags logo for the Stallions less than 30 minutes before the press conference.

    Second – you ask what financial benefit?

    1) A new stadium with lots surrounding real estate for development.

    2) A city that has proven to be a “pro” sports town and shown they will support the local product via attending games (note not a single Rams game was blacked out this year despite a 2-14 season – meaning local broadcastsing revenues that are not available in JAX where the majority of games are blacked out). Plus the Blues and Cardinals have top 5 attendance figures in thier respective sports further illustrates the area’s ability to support pro sports franchises.

    3) Finally, the St. Louis metro area is twice as large as that of the Jacksonville metro area (2.8 million vs. 1.3 million people), making the St. Louis metro are the 18th largest television market in the country – more butts, more viewers equals more revenue earning opportunities.

    Have I made my case yet? Connect the dots folks, it isn’t that hard to figure out.
    —————————————————

    Boy, you are some kind of stupid because your rationale of getting our team out of Jacksonville is pathetic. We didn’t have a blackout in 2 freakin years plus we average more people per game than the st. louis rams. There’s also a thing call T.V. deal when pays 150 million per year to every franchise which makes it hard for a team to lose money under the current structure of the NFLand Shad Kahn has little to no stadium debt in our city. Also, lets not forget that Wayne Weaver business and corperation was in St.Louis so why he didn’t want to move them as well? In addition, Shad Kahn is not from St. Louis nor his business resides there, he’s from champagne illinois and was a season ticket holder for the rams before becoming an owner for our current franchise. Next thing you going to tell me is that the reason why we drafted blaine gabbert so he can be the new face of the st. lousi franchise because he’s from there as well. I unnderstand you fans hate our small little city and don’t think we deserve a team because of it. I get it that you listen to the media who does lazy and uninform journalism instad of gathering the right information about our situation. However, we have a great stadium, great lease which runs through 2030, and most importantly fan support despite the perception about this city. So troll, get your fact straight and stop crying like a jilted lover over our team because your current team about to relocate to another city.

  14. momentumtech says: Feb 13, 2012 7:03 PM

    Now back to reality.

    Lamping was in charge of revamping the Meadowlands (i will never call it Metlife Stadium).

    So I wouldn’t be surprised if Khan tries to push for some stadium upgrading and reconfiguration. You know they want to put in more luxury boxes and suites because that is where the real money is at.

    And he probably wouldn’t mind a reconfiguration of the upper deck area and removal of the tarps.

    This will take a lot of work and negotiation between the city and the team and I would expect Lamping to head this effort in the next few years.

  15. kayakattack says: Feb 13, 2012 8:43 PM

    Funny someone mentioned the Stallions proposal.. Georgia frontier took the Idea from the Patriots, who wanted to move the Patriots to St. Louis as well because of new England’s struggles, however Robert Kraft bought the team and kept it in Mass… funny how things turn around very quickly … You couldn’t give away Patriots tickets for a while, they were a joke.. I think Jacksonville might have a similar story in the mix here if they can develop a winning team

  16. rollteal says: Feb 13, 2012 11:40 PM

    Well said kayakattack

  17. bigvinnyinjax says: Feb 14, 2012 8:11 AM

    While the Jaguars in many ways feel like a new team in the NFL, the fact is they are fast approaching their 20-year mark. It’s been 18 years since the old Gator Bowl was all but torn down to make way for the stadium that now sits in its place.

    The truth is it’s time for renovations. The once bright teal seats are now so sun-worn they are a kind of pale, whitish, green. Not to mention Khan seems to be moving away from the identity with teal anyway. Why not reconfigure this stadium to be more in line with the population of the city? Nothing wrong with a 60,000 seat stadium for a city of a million people.

    And who knows, maybe someday a stadium could actually be built in a part of town that is easily accessible from an interstate and is not in a crime-ridden ghetto. It’s nice being on the river, but it’s not nice to have homeless people begging for money as you’re trying to tailgate.

  18. rollteal says: Feb 14, 2012 4:07 PM

    Capacity for 66,965 EJD

    Capacity Everbank for Jags 67,164 (expandable to 76,867)

    So yes the tarps are just put the stadium capacity down to what it should have been in the first place.

  19. rollteal says: Feb 14, 2012 4:12 PM

    Well let’s look at it this way the stadium is where it’s at all we can do is hope that the Jaguars 2.0 reinforce what is the the foundation for a well laid plan. Plus Khan and “his” Jaguars not only expand the team brand but the COJ brand also and hopefully it revitalize downtown is ways we never could have imagined.

  20. shackdelrio says: Feb 15, 2012 12:11 PM

    “bigvinnyinjax says:
    Feb 14, 2012 8:11 AM
    While the Jaguars in many ways feel like a new team in the NFL, the fact is they are fast approaching their 20-year mark. It’s been 18 years since the old Gator Bowl was all but torn down to make way for the stadium that now sits in its place.

    The truth is it’s time for renovations. The once bright teal seats are now so sun-worn they are a kind of pale, whitish, green. Not to mention Khan seems to be moving away from the identity with teal anyway. Why not reconfigure this stadium to be more in line with the population of the city? Nothing wrong with a 60,000 seat stadium for a city of a million people.”

    When was the last time you went to the stadium. The city and the team renovated the stadium before the Super Bowl. They moved and upgraded the practice fields. They added escalators at every gate. The added the “Bud Light Party Zone” in the south end zone. They added the Terrace Suites in the south end zone. They have upgraded the video boards. They are in the process of upgraded the sound system.

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