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Jags owner buys English soccer club Fulham

Shahid Khan AP

Jaguars owner Shad Khan is happy to take his football team to London once a year.

Now he has a football team in London every day.

Khan confirmed Friday that he had purchased the English soccer club Fulham, with the deal to be announced tomorrow.

“I do not view myself so much as the owner of Fulham, but a custodian of the club on behalf of its fans,” he said in a statement, via Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union. “Fulham is the perfect club at the perfect time for me.”

In many respects, Fulham is kind of the same team he already owns. While Fulham resides in London, it’s not one of the biggest clubs in the Premier League (12th in the 20-team league last year, with a 25,000-seat stadium). And while they have a few good players on the roster, they’re not close to challenging for a title soon (Dimitar Berbatov is the Maurice Jones-Drew of the Premier League, or something).

And while people will speculate about the Jaguars becoming full-time residents, that’s not necessarily any more likely to happen now than it would be for the Rams to move  since Stan Kroenke owns Arsenal or the Buccaneers by virtue of the Glazer family owning Manchester United.

It’s simply a bargain-rate entry into a league which keeps getting richer and richer.

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36 Responses to “Jags owner buys English soccer club Fulham”
  1. razzzmajazzz says: Jul 12, 2013 5:17 PM

    I wonder if that team will be constantly plagued by rumors of a London to Jacksonville move.

  2. henryjones20 says: Jul 12, 2013 5:19 PM

    bye Jacksonville!!! hahahahaha.the end is near for your 27 fans

  3. nyjagsfan says: Jul 12, 2013 5:23 PM

    Well it’s inevitable now. Khan is going to move Fulham FC to Jacksonville. Fans in the US might be willing to watch one or two soccer games a year, but a full season? This is going to be a disaster.

  4. billyjaguar says: Jul 12, 2013 5:24 PM

    All of you should kneel before Kahn’s mustache!

  5. jaxasc84 says: Jul 12, 2013 5:28 PM

    Shad Khan is now the coolest owner in two leagues. If I ever get into soccer, I’ll be supporting Fulham.

  6. thelastwordyaheard says: Jul 12, 2013 5:35 PM

    I’d rather hammer a rusty nail through my balls than watch a full soccer game ..can’t believe people pay to watch that garbage

  7. justintuckrule says: Jul 12, 2013 5:39 PM

    If he wants to sell out both stadiums, he should indeed flip flop the teams from where they are.

  8. emma333 says: Jul 12, 2013 5:49 PM

    For a decade, Jaguars fans have had to endure move to LA talk…Now, those outside of Jacksonville start piling on about London…Locally, we are aware of how much Shad Khan is investing in the Jacksonville area. The franchise is more stable than it has been in years.

  9. bradymancrush10 says: Jul 12, 2013 6:16 PM

    Wait, Ron Jeremy bought a soccer club?

  10. rickyspanish says: Jul 12, 2013 6:19 PM

    This guy has some serious money.

  11. bigwii says: Jul 12, 2013 6:26 PM

    There’s rumors in Jacksonville about an MLS team coming here too soccer is a smart but in right now just saying.

  12. granadafan says: Jul 12, 2013 6:28 PM

    The EPL is the richest league in the world with multi-national exposure that Goodell would drool over. Fulham isn’t nearly as well known outside England as Manchester United or Chelsea, but there are now many more Americans who have at least heard of Fulham now that Khan bought the team.

  13. youarejealousof6rings says: Jul 12, 2013 7:00 PM

    Khan conned the Jags and is looking for an escape route. Well played.

  14. officialgame says: Jul 12, 2013 7:34 PM

    I’m happy he has “all this money” and would be happier if he didn’t ask for city dolors to fund stadium upgrades. I don’t believe in billionaire welfare.

  15. docboss says: Jul 12, 2013 7:40 PM

    Stan still got the better of him.

  16. thermanmerman99 says: Jul 12, 2013 7:43 PM

    jaguar fans think beating the colts means a superbowl win, or at least they celebrate beating the colts like it was the superbowl. that is the only game they get up for. it is really pathetic honestly.

  17. skarfacci says: Jul 12, 2013 7:57 PM

    I definitely think Fulham is on their way to Jacksonville, no doubt. And Jacksonville is moving to Jackson, Mississippi.

  18. shackdelrio says: Jul 12, 2013 8:11 PM

    You think Shad Khan has a great life?

    Imagine being his 30-something year old son Tony.

    He’s living the dream we all have.

  19. teal379 says: Jul 12, 2013 9:11 PM

    granadafan says: Jul 12, 2013 6:28 PM

    The EPL is the richest league in the world with multi-national exposure that Goodell would drool over. Fulham isn’t nearly as well known outside England as Manchester United or Chelsea, but there are now many more Americans who have at least heard of Fulham now that Khan bought the team.

    According to Deloitte – Premier League club revenue for 11/12 (latest #’s available) was 2.36 billion pounds.

    That’s about 3.56 billion dollars.

    NFL is about 9 billion dollars.

    NFL may not have as many eyeballs on it but the eyeballs on it spend more money. Goodell is probably rather okay with bringing in 3 TIMES the revenue at this point.

  20. koolaidcircusbeast says: Jul 12, 2013 9:17 PM

    Mario got a 1-UP in that photo.

  21. annes22 says: Jul 12, 2013 9:21 PM

    Good for Mr Kahn, British soccer fans here in the US appreciate the ownership of soccer clubs in England. We watch the games every weekend here on Fox Soccer, and nothing is going to change. Once a soccer fan always one. The NFL is not the only thing going on in the world.

  22. vicnocal says: Jul 12, 2013 10:16 PM

    KHAAAAANNN!!!!!

  23. waitstop says: Jul 12, 2013 10:21 PM

    I’m a Chiefs fan, but Khan seems like a franchise owner who really gets it. Great personal story and I believe he is going to be a great owner.

  24. liontuss says: Jul 12, 2013 10:43 PM

    Dude came to the US with a couple bucks in his pocket. He is the kind of owner all teams should have.

  25. harrycanyon says: Jul 12, 2013 11:08 PM

    Who cares about Soccer? Wussies care about soccer. Sad to see it’s becoming more popular in the US.

  26. fumblenuts says: Jul 12, 2013 11:42 PM

    KHAAAANNNNN!!!

  27. jagsandliquor says: Jul 13, 2013 12:03 AM

    I can’t help but think kahn has this team (jaguars) going in the right direction….

  28. sc49ers says: Jul 13, 2013 12:54 AM

    Instead of spending money on soccer a club they should of have spent the money on upgradeing his nfl team he just has money to spend not for love of the games…..1 more invester….not good for the sports…

  29. nonjaghater says: Jul 13, 2013 3:08 AM

    Look out Yankees

  30. cdan374 says: Jul 13, 2013 4:07 AM

    I know most of you don’t follow association football but Fulham FC is a decent club…

    The Lilywhites play at a higher level in the EPL than the Jags do in the NFL…

  31. floratiotime says: Jul 13, 2013 5:45 AM

    Rich people and their toys … why do we find this so fascinating ?

  32. jagsonville32 says: Jul 13, 2013 9:38 AM

    official game – you need an education before you post uninformed information. The city of Jacksonville owns the stadium. The fact Khan has put 50 million of his own money into the stadium already is a pretty classy move for an owner. You wish your teams owner had the cash this man has! Hate on haters.

  33. wittenisgod says: Jul 13, 2013 11:36 AM

    I’m English and it baffles me how people can think Fulham might move to Jacksonville!! You obviously don’t understand the structure but teams don’t move!! You have 32 professional nfl teams we have hundreds of football teams.

  34. jaxasc84 says: Jul 13, 2013 2:03 PM

    @wittenisgod – Relax buddy, it’s tongue in cheek. To us Jags fans, moving Fulham to Jacksonville is as ridiculous as all the stuff we have to hear about our team moving to London.

  35. studio26seattle says: Jul 13, 2013 2:08 PM

    Buying a soccer team too! This doesn’t work out well. See Randy Lerner.

  36. wittenisgod says: Jul 13, 2013 2:19 PM

    jaxasc84 ha I know everyone seems to hate on the jags but they are my second team behind the cowboys!! Put it this way I will be at wembley cheering them on

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