Khan hints at more overseas games for Jaguars

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With Jaguars owner Shahid Khan promoting the team’s impending annual trips to London, Khan has suggested that more games could be played by the Jaguars in London based on how well the team is received from 2013 through 2016.

“In the course of the next four years we’ll see if the fans are ready for more than one game,” Khan said Thursday, via the Mirror.  “Time will tell.  We know the London fans are sophisticated and hardcore and they want the real sport.

“We want to try this, build some fans and then let’s see where we are.  But there is no grand plan.”

There’s always a grand plan, even if the P.R. strategy is to pretend there’s no grand plan.

And while some may say that the readiness for “more than one game” relates to a grand plan involving other games involving teams other than the Jaguars, the NFL isn’t planning to wait four years to see whether a second game will be played in England or Ireland.  The league wants to play a second game on another continent as soon as next year.  Thus,  Khan likely is talking about the Jaguars eventually playing more than one game per year overseas, a development that eventually could create a Green Bay-Milwaukee style split schedule between Jacksonville and the Baskervilles.

“If you think about it, London is no further from the East Coast teams that San Francisco is,” Khan said.  “There is no geographic issue.  Teams used to get on trains to in the Midwest to play West Coast teams and that was a longer journey than London would be.”

In other words, Khan already has conducted the mental gymnastics that would justify multiple annual trips across the ocean.  Like the Bills playing some of their games in Toronto, if a shared “shedule” with England allows the Jags to thrive in their current location, losing some games is far better than losing all of them.

23 responses to “Khan hints at more overseas games for Jaguars

  1. The NFL will not globalize. Nobody other than Americans and a handful of people in the UK like football. People aren’t interested in our sport. And I bet that eats at Goodell because of all the lost profits and as a football fan I’m glad and want to see every NFL effort at globalizing FAIL.

  2. While it sounds a bit far fetched it actually makes some sense. J’ville isn’t really behind the team … not like other intense franchises. So maybe a split loyalty would work.

  3. “If you think about it, London is no further from the East Coast teams that San Francisco is,” Khan said. “There is no geographic issue. Teams used to get on trains to in the Midwest to play West Coast teams and that was a longer journey than London would be.”

    This is ridiculously unfair to west coast teams that have to travel to London, which is what Khan seems to not realize. This is not just about East coast teams

  4. Jax is behind their team. Their team is just awful, especially at home.

    One game in London is good. Two might work as well. It would make sense to have them back-to-back in London or maybe one in London then one in Ireland, so the Jags don’t have to travel back and forth from the states.

    More than two games a season will be pushing it though.

  5. No one watches the Jags in Jacksonville. Why does he think fans in the UK will be any different?

  6. Wow, is there anything we don’t offshore anymore? Moving even one game overseas really hurts the local community….people who work the games and people who have business’s. For now, let’s keep the jobs here, can’t we?

  7. “fuglyflorio says:
    Oct 12, 2012 10:54 AM
    J’ville isn’t really behind the team”

    “pencilmonkeymagic says:
    Oct 12, 2012 11:22 AM
    No one watches the Jags in Jacksonville”

    The Jaguars are averaging over 64k for three home games so far this year. They rank 22nd right now in the league in per-game attendance, ahead of both other teams that play in the state of Florida.

    Khan is a self-made billionaire for a reason. He is a good business man. He knows playing a game in London will help him make money and help expand the brand of his team. He’s doing the same thing locally. This preseason, the team’s games were shown in over half the state of Florida and also in markets in Alabama, Georgia and the Carolinas. He also had caravans with players and coaches that went to those out of town markets.

  8. Never understood if the NFL wants to expand why send on of the worst teams overseas, secondly if the few Jaguars fans dont support them what makes them think those overseas will applaud them.

    Hurry up and move this team to L.A. already

  9. Kahn is a business man who has no ties or commitments to any person or town.

    He’s in it to make money and nothing else, and the sooner Jags fans realize this, the better.

    This guy would sell his mother if he could make a buck, make no mistake about it.

  10. mrhurriicane says:
    Oct 12, 2012 10:54 AM
    The NFL will not globalize. Nobody other than Americans and a handful of people in the UK like football. People aren’t interested in our sport. And I bet that eats at Goodell because of all the lost profits and as a football fan I’m glad and want to see every NFL effort at globalizing FAIL.
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    I can honestly tell you that interest here in Toronto is off the hook, I don’t know about the rest of the country, just here.

    They’ve been asking people here to shell out 300-500 a pop to watch two teams that aren’t from here, and they weren’t far from selling out.

    Imagine the Bills and the Pats playing in Miami and charging fans there 300-500 a pop.

    See what I mean?

  11. “We know the London fans are sophisticated and hardcore and they want the real sport.”

    Sorry, Kahn. Only 45,000 people across the entire country of England watched the Patriots on television last weekend. I think the NFL has overestimated England’s interest in American Football…

  12. His Jaguars will get the same level of support in England as that team that plays and loses against the Globetrotters year in and year out.

    For the uninformed, that’s zero.

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