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Jaguars owner Shad Khan maintains they’re staying put

Shad Khan AP

Jaguars owner Shad Khan is conducting a “state of the franchise” address today, and he got things rolling by assuring his customers he wasn’t looking to changes his address.

“I think it bears repeating, we plan to be in Jacksonville,” Khan said as he began his remarks.

Of course, NFL International’s Mark Waller was in the crowd to hear that, as  the Jaguars have committed to play a game in London once a year. That’s made many wonder about their long-term future.

Team president Mark Lamping took the podium next, and immediately began talking about local revenue, which they need to improve because they’re in one of the league’s smallest markets.

But he also pointed out that they’re rooted in North Florida, saying: “Wasn’t it wonderful for this community not to be one of those franchises rumored to be moving to Los Angeles.”

He also pointed to the revenue boost they got from London games, saying “Our involvement in London makes us more stable in Jacksonville.”

As to the product on the field, Khan admitted “agonizing” over each loss last year, but said he was looking for a sense of stability when he decided to extend coach Gus Bradley this offseason despite a 12-36 record.

“We need to be better on the field, I get that,” he said.

Lamping also spoke of a ticket price increase, but at least Jaguars fans have a sense that they’re going to have games to go to.

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27 Responses to “Jaguars owner Shad Khan maintains they’re staying put”
  1. chillyball says: Jan 29, 2016 11:25 AM

    We have no plans to trade Percy Harvin.

    Vikings GM, Rick Spielman

  2. floratiotime says: Jan 29, 2016 11:26 AM

    Did Little Nell ever get her mortgage back from him?

  3. tridecagon says: Jan 29, 2016 11:30 AM

    Mark Lamping? Former president of the St. Louis Cardinals?

    Interesting.

  4. daramsman says: Jan 29, 2016 11:31 AM

    Stan Kroenke in 2010: “I am not here to lead the charge out of St. Louis. I was instrumental in bringing the franchise here…” People in this state no me”. I am from this state…yada yada yada..

    HEY ST. LOUIS! LOOK! OVER THERE…(as he hightailed the franchise to LA)

  5. shackdelrio says: Jan 29, 2016 11:31 AM

    This is not news in Jacksonville. We already knew this.

  6. puntonfirstdown says: Jan 29, 2016 11:34 AM

    How Jacksonville ever got a franchise in the first place is an endless mystery…

  7. jonathankrobinson424 says: Jan 29, 2016 11:36 AM

    ….Khan is showing a great deal of patience with the players and Bradley……I hope it pays off. If the players can CLOSE out games I could see them having a winning season. Love their WR’s they have but I don’t see any players stepping up and being a leader…who are their team captains?

  8. phluffyclouds says: Jan 29, 2016 11:36 AM

    In a perfect NFL world, San Diego and Oakland would stay put and Jacksonville would move somewhere else.

    Jacksonville can’t even put butts in the seats they have to tarp off upper level sections.

    Florida is not a good sports State and is over saturated with NFL teams. 3 is too many for FLA …Jacksonville should be the next team to move and then the NFL would be set.

  9. rcali says: Jan 29, 2016 11:36 AM

    “We plan to be in Jacksonville but will be playing our games in London.”

  10. jagsfanugh says: Jan 29, 2016 11:42 AM

    You don’t spend 10’s of millions of your own money to just up and move. They are not going anywhere.

  11. spiffybiff says: Jan 29, 2016 11:56 AM

    “you don’t spend 0s of millions of dollars of your own money to just up and move. They are not going anywhere.”

    That is until your initial investment doubles or triples by moving to a apex world city

  12. mjzaky says: Jan 29, 2016 12:02 PM

    Shad Khan’s a smart guy. He’s patient and has the pulse of his fan base. It’s obvious that while a bunch of other teams continue to tread water, the Jaguars are putting pieces in place to become more competitive each year. That offensive nucleus is second-to-none; if the defense can be even mediocre, this team can make noise as soon as next year.

  13. jpaq68 says: Jan 29, 2016 12:09 PM

    phluffyclouds says:

    Jacksonville can’t even put butts in the seats they have to tarp off upper level sections.
    _______________________
    Stop living in 2008. You don’t know what your talking about.

  14. jimmyt says: Jan 29, 2016 12:21 PM

    “We plan to be” is not “we will be”. My friends in Jacksonville, like the Rams to LA, the Jags move in a few years may already be planned (and it does look that way) and may be unstoppable no matter what you do. That said, wake up and start working an a plan to keep them.

  15. tylawspick6 says: Jan 29, 2016 12:27 PM

    What a terrible liar. Yeah, I suppose Jax is just contractually tied to London by accident, after having played the most games there.

    They stink, but they get games in London?

    Does this moron think we were all born last night?

    JAx will be playing in London by 2020. It’s Goodell’s main “measurable”.

    And, this is why Spygate and Deflategate exist. Can’t have NE in the title game every year if there is parity, folks.

    There is your reason.

    Whoops! Did I just let a big secret out of the bag?!

  16. aricial says: Jan 29, 2016 12:28 PM

    I get tired of people living in old Rust belt cities saying that Florida shouldn’t have 3 teams.
    Florida is one of the fastest growing states and has gained population every census for 50 years.
    Florida is also a BIG state geographically.
    For example, I lived in Columbus Ohio for awhile. I had 4 NFL teams 3 hours from me Cleveland, Cincy, Pittsburgh, & Indy. Meanwhile Jacksonville is 6 hours from Miami & Atlanta and 5 hours from Tampa.
    Jacksonville is a growing city that supports its team. There hasn’t been a blackout in years and the tarps were replaced with swimming pools. -)

  17. allencooley says: Jan 29, 2016 1:08 PM

    Not sure why this continues to be news. He is not leaving anytime soon. he has poured his own money into that stadium and that community. no way he leaves, and is in no way a comparison to Kreonke who outright refused to fund work on the Stadium in STL

  18. cafetero1075 says: Jan 29, 2016 1:20 PM

    now that LA has a team, NFL can’t use them anymore to blackmail teams to build stadiums. London will be the new LA.

  19. jonathankrobinson424 says: Jan 29, 2016 1:24 PM

    …..I don’t know, I could see Khan taking his 20 million dollar scoreboards and big screen displaya to England……….

  20. purpleguy says: Jan 29, 2016 1:48 PM

    Someone above said the Jaguars “offensive nucleus is second to none”. Look there’s promise there, but that statement really makes me wonder what “none” looks like.

  21. jaxbeachsurfshop says: Jan 29, 2016 2:21 PM

    jPac,

    Time to update from Windows 95 to snow Lion bro. Jax has the 19th best attendance in NFL, at 94% capacity. There are no more tarps. But so you will learn something, the reason there were tarps to start was to bring down the capacity level from 83k to 67 (the NFL avg) And since then they haven’t had a black out. And now we have new updated stadium.

    Mark Lamping was with the Jaguars since it’s inception. And why would St Louis have a team? Didn’t they lose the cardinals? And now the Rams? Stop trying to prove you deserve a team when the next team you want actually does support the team.

  22. jpaq68 says: Jan 29, 2016 3:01 PM

    __________________
    jaxbeachsurfshop says:

    Mark Lamping was with the Jaguars since it’s inception. And why would St Louis have a team? Didn’t they lose the cardinals? And now the Rams? Stop trying to prove you deserve a team when the next team you want actually does support the team.
    _____________________
    Mark Lamping has not been with the Jags since their inception, Mr. Khan hired him in 2012 and before that he was in change of building MetLife Stadium and President of the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team before that.

  23. bobt10505 says: Jan 29, 2016 5:24 PM

    Jags passed on the one player that could have filled the stadium, and created piles of support.

  24. jagsfan1979 says: Jan 29, 2016 7:01 PM

    To all the fatalists above who are certain that the Jaguars are moving to London. What this article fails to mention is the second half of the presentation, which included detailed plans for $90 million in club seat upgrades, a covered practice facility, and an amphitheater connecting it to the stadium. It’s not simply Shad’s words, he’s following up with significant dollars.

  25. warren89 says: Jan 29, 2016 11:16 PM

    I wish they can leave Jacksonville.You can’t even watch the news without hearing about these losers.

  26. rollteal says: Feb 2, 2016 11:49 AM

    Good, Good, let the hate flow through you.
    Go Jags !!

  27. jomo56 says: Feb 7, 2016 3:31 PM

    Jacksonville/London. Jacksonville/London.
    Sorry Jags fans, for NFL owners, it’s all about the $$$$.

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