Plenty of Jaguars fans have forwarded to PFT a new column from Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel regarding the possibility of a Florida NFL team not named the Jags moving to L.A.
Bianchi says that the Buccaneers, not the Jaguars, should be the team that moves out of its current town.
“When there is a discussion about moving a team to L.A., why aren’t the Tampa Bay Bucs ever brought up?” Bianchi writes.
Here’s why I never bring it up: I think the Bucs are more likely to move to London.
It’s no coincidence that the Bucs are playing two home games in London in three seasons. If the Bucs build a fan base abroad — and if the attendance issues in Tampa don’t improve soon — the Bucs could be bound for not just a new city, but a new continent.
We know, we know. Plenty of you think it’s inconceivable for a team to be headquartered in London. During their recent visit to Charlie Rose’s show, both Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and Panthers owner Jerry Richardson acknowledged that London remains a very viable market for the league.
The reasoning is simple. The new, post-HDTV NFL will be taking teams to where the people and the money are. One of the easiest ways to fill a stadium is to have the stadium in a place where there are so many people that there’s no way the stadium wouldn’t be filled.
So when it comes to the chronic struggles of the Jaguars and the Buccaneers to sell tickets, the question isn’t whether one or the other will go. The question is whether they both will.