Mark Murphy: Jaguars “very reluctant” to move 2016 game vs. Packers to London

Last week, Jaguars owner Shad Khan strongly denied a report that he was looking to buy Tottenham in the English Premier League, which will host NFL games at its new stadium, and move the Jaguars to London.

That denial doesn’t appear to be getting in the way of the Jaguars continuing to be a regular visitor to London. Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union reported that Khan is expected to announce this year that the Jags will extend their agreement to play one game in London each season for another four years and that the team would play its 2016 game against the Packers in the United Kingdom.

On Monday, Packers president Mark Murphy made it sound like the Packers portion of that report wasn’t a done deal.

“The challenge is that our fans travel so well to away games in the United States that teams are very reluctant to give up home games against the Packers,” Murphy said, via ESPN.com. “We would love to [play in London]. In fact, I talked to Shad, and he expressed to me that he would be very reluctant to move a Packers game away from Jacksonville.”

The desire to keep a nearly certain sellout at the team’s home field is a natural one. The same could be said of the NFL’s desire to have one of their marquee franchises contribute to their attempts to grow the game overseas and we’ll find out in a few months which of those desires winds up carrying the day.

48 responses to “Mark Murphy: Jaguars “very reluctant” to move 2016 game vs. Packers to London

  1. This isn’t about revenue. Revenue is shared in the NFL. It’s about pleasing the home fans. Play the Titans in London and the Pack at home.

  2. The NFL should schedule a Vikings game against the Jags in Jacksonville. That way, the Jags get a win but the away fans will still fill the stadi……oh, never mind.

  3. The Vikings are the obvious choice here since they are also on the schedule. Vikings fans are the worst traveling fanbase in the NFCN, so it will be a no-brainer. Heck, they can’t even sell out season tickets in their own stadium, except after the 15-1 season in 1998. That lasted one year.

  4. Mark Murphy went on to say “I am so glad we get Packer stock money that helps to pay my exorbitant salary or I would not be making nearly as much money as I do right now.”

  5. Never get tired of hearing my little hometown team called one of the NFLs marquee franchises.

  6. Open up another round of stocks just for Shad. That way he is vested in the Packers which should result in monetary returns of…oh wait…did I say monetary?

  7. Open up another round of stocks just for Shad. That way he is vested in the Packers which should result in monetary returns of…oh wait…did I say monetary?
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    $250/13 championships = $19.23 per championship

    As a huge Vikings fan, I’d gladly pay $250 to see my Vikes win just 1 championship for a change.

  8. Theres nothing to do in WI and theres nothing to do in Jacksonville, with this one everybody loses. Except Shad Khan who is moving the team to London. It’s obvious.

  9. Screw the English. Why does the NFL need to bend over backwards for those up tight Euro trash? They already had NFL Europe and what happened? So we send regular season games to England and they send back preseason BPL soccer games that half the time aren’t even a full dm squad or have all the marquee players since it’s preseason training camp basically. So they want games send em the preseason games no one really wants to pay $$ to preseason games here so let English do it and they get to see same as we do , star qbs play 1 st quarters , 3-4 th string backups play 3-4th quarters oh so exciting … NFL gets a lot more money than they would playing preseason games in US as season ticket holders always complain about being forced to buy preseason games too .. Problem solved

  10. ariana1985 says:
    Jul 20, 2015 5:44 PM

    The Vikings are the obvious choice here since they are also on the schedule. Vikings fans are the worst traveling fanbase in the NFCN, so it will be a no-brainer. Heck, they can’t even sell out season tickets in their own stadium, except after the 15-1 season in 1998. That lasted one year.

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    Want to check your facts first. The last time the Vikings didn’t sell out a home game was all the way back in 1997. That’s a better home sellout streak than a lot of teams. In fact, the Redskins, Broncos, Steelers & 49er’s all have longer sellout streaks than your Packers. In fact, that decade called the 70’s that the Packer fans like to try and forget happened saw a lot of non-sellout Packer games.

  11. Theres nothing to do in WI and theres nothing to do in Jacksonville, with this one everybody loses. Except Shad Khan who is moving the team to London. It’s obvious.
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    But there’s nothing to do in Minnesota and we can’t even sell out a Vikings or a Twins game. They at least have a legitimate lake to enjoy for recreation. The only thing we have on Wisconsin from a sports perspective is the Wild. But they have way more championships and sporting success between their pro teams and their college teams.

  12. I see still no ammo with bragging rights and you bring up a stock donation like its an insult? The posters are about as weak as the team they root for.

    Regarding attendance you should fully understand purple trolls. The only game you consistently sell out is a Packer game and that’s with our fans taking over. Viking management went to the pathetic step to make Packer fans buy a 2nd worthless game the Vikings would barely be able to sell 50% of the tickets to and that’s a 50,000 seat stadium. No wonder with the new one going up it will be one of the smallest in the NFL. If that doesn’t scream bandwagon fans nothing does.

    Even the Jags owner knows how precious a home game is with Green Bay.

  13. LEAVE THE GAME HERE IN THE STATES!!! Every year 3 teams LOSE a home game & I say it’s CRAP!!! If the NFL wants to play in Europe make a summer league & watch it FAIL A THIRD TIME!!!

  14. I’m a Packers fan and I bet that tune would change if the Packers were asked to give away one of their home games at Lambeau to play in London.

  15. upnorthvikesfan says:
    Jul 20, 2015 6:15 PM
    ariana1985 says:
    Jul 20, 2015 5:44 PM

    The Vikings are the obvious choice here since they are also on the schedule. Vikings fans are the worst traveling fanbase in the NFCN, so it will be a no-brainer. Heck, they can’t even sell out season tickets in their own stadium, except after the 15-1 season in 1998. That lasted one year.

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    Want to check your facts first. The last time the Vikings didn’t sell out a home game was all the way back in 1997. That’s a better home sellout streak than a lot of teams. In fact, the Redskins, Broncos, Steelers & 49er’s all have longer sellout streaks than your Packers. In fact, that decade called the 70’s that the Packer fans like to try and forget happened saw a lot of non-sellout Packer games.

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    Facts, you say. Okay, here are some facts for you. If you want to hang your funny little horned hat on “sellouts” that only ever occurred because local businesses bought up all the empty seats to foil the NFL blackout rule and garner some goodwill with the “fan” base, go right ahead.

    I especially love the ones where the furniture store buys the tickets and then offers them for free with qualifying purchase… and can’t even GIVE the tickets away.

  16. Gotta love Packer fans trolling the Vikings on this thread. They truly are an insecure bunch…and obese.

  17. Teams want the revenue that comes from the overseas debacle, but few actually want to give up a home game. They should make a rule that ALL teams must give up a home game or you receive no money. That includes teams with shady rules (Steelers) about having a minimum number of games at their stadium.

    Or… they ditch NFL London for good. Cities/counties are forced to pay taxpayer money for stadiums yet, they lose the gameday revenue (minimum wage salaries, concessions, bars, restaurants, hotels, etc). The stadium sits there empty. Greeeeeeeat use of taxpayer money there.

  18. Fun facts: While this past Super Bowl had awesome ratings here in the US it was behind The Simpsons and a host of other shows in the UK ratings. There also was basically zero coverage in the UK on the NFL draft. But English people really love American football and would go simply crazy over an NFL team there. Really. Because that is what Roger Goodell keeps saying so it must be so.

  19. I have always been a Packer fan and was at both games Green Bay played in Florida this past year. Just ask Miami and Tampa Bay fans that were at those games how well Packer fans travel. Please leave the game in Jacksonville, I will buy all the seats under the tarp. 🙂

  20. As a Packers fan, I’d rather the Packers forfeit that game rather than travel to England to play it.

    This is another of Goodell’s brainless ideas to make more money for the owners. Robbing Packers and Bucs fans of seeing their teams play a game so that the British can see it, is criminal.

    Between all the nitwit players getting in trouble with the law and the nitwit owners and Commissioner sticking it to the fans, the NFL is heading for a time when the popularity will drop like a lead balloon.
    It’s hard to imagine that happening as popular as the game is now, but think about boxing. Boxing at one time was one of the top sports in America and heavyweight championship fights were like the Super Bowl.
    Now, boxing is all but dead. If you think it can’t happen to football, I think you’re wrong. Remember — many kids are no longer playing it because their parents think it’s unsafe. If kids don’t grow up playing it, that will mean they most likely won’t like it.
    Playing NFL games anywhere but the United States stinks.

  21. Can’t wait until they force a team to move to London and it’s fan base abandons it after two bad seasons forcing them to move it back. There’s a reason why NFL Europe only worked well in Germany.

  22. They have television sets in the UK. Let ’em watch the games played in the US…just like we do when there’s a game in London. Because…well, we all can’t just get up and do a 3-hour drive to London on Sunday mornings.

  23. Instead of infighting and slamming other teams fan bases, everybody should be fighting together against the NFL to stop this playing in London garbage. It’s a slap in the face against all the fans here.

  24. This is another of Goodell’s brainless ideas to make more money for the owners.

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    Umm, no. The NFL’s plans for playing games in London began well before Goodell was commissioner.

  25. The Green Bay Packers: selling out home games and filling up opposing stadiums since 1960.

  26. Well the ticket agencies are pissed because it would have been a high priced game for them to sell. Teams will do whatever makes the most money for them not worry about the fans.

  27. The Packers are a big draw, just notice how the Viking’s front office make the ticket buyers for their home game vs. the Packers buy an additional game.

    3 M and General Mills greatly appreciate that strategy because then the Vikings aren’t leaning on them to buy up extra seats to avoid the black out rule.

  28. revelation123 says:
    Jul 20, 2015 8:25 PM

    The Green Bay Packers: selling out home games and filling up opposing stadiums since 1960.

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    Wrong. The Packers last non-sell out home game was against the Cardinals in January of 1983. A first round playoff game even!

  29. upnorthvikesfan says:
    Jul 20, 2015 6:15 PM

    Want to check your facts first. The last time the Vikings didn’t sell out a home game was all the way back in 1997. That’s a better home sellout streak than a lot of teams. In fact, the Redskins, Broncos, Steelers & 49er’s all have longer sellout streaks than your Packers. In fact, that decade called the 70’s that the Packer fans like to try and forget happened saw a lot of non-sellout Packer games.
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    The Green Bay Packers have sold out every single regular season game (Excluding replacement games of ’87.) since 1960.
    Longer than the Vikings have been a franchise.

  30. Actually, a quick internet search reveals that the last time the Vikings failed to sellout a home game was against Jacksonville in September 2012.

    Upnorthvikesfan, where do you come up with all of your stellar facts?
    Just curious.

  31. So tired of Packer fans claiming how great they are. I remember a couple of seasons ago when the Packers had to have a corporation buyout the remaining tickets to avoid a local blackout….FOR A PLAYOFF GAME!

  32. diveleft says:
    Jul 21, 2015 12:22 AM
    So tired of Packer fans claiming how great they are. I remember a couple of seasons ago when the Packers had to have a corporation buyout the remaining tickets to avoid a local blackout….FOR A PLAYOFF GAME!
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    You have a very selective memory, and a poor one.

    At that time the Packers would only apply purchased postseason tickets to the following season, and would not reimburse if they failed to qualify for the postseason. They have since changed that policy.

    It did not appear the Packers would make it and a huge snowstorm was forecast. People sat back and waited. Some waited too long.

    The few tickets picked up by a corporate sponsor had NOTHING to do with lack of interest. Walk up sales would’ve easily covered the seats the sponsor purchased. People were outside in the snow asking for tickets.

    I was there. Full house. Like always.

  33. diveleft says:
    Jul 21, 2015 12:22 AM
    So tired of Packer fans claiming how great they are.
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    It is not necessary to make any claims whatsoever of our greatness. The incessant and obsessive trolling by the likes of you dictates the level to which you wish you were us.

    That explains it all by itself.

  34. If the Vikings were asked to play in London against the Jaguars, they would have to offer free air fare for each ticket purchased.

    Imagine the influx of the “hey der,” crowd wearing Bermuda shorts, black socks and oxfords, and T-shirts reading: “I’m With Stupid!”

  35. My Packers are the model franchise of the NFL.

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    LOL. Plus all the criminal elements.

  36. the packers may be dubbed “one of the NFL’s marquee franchises” but packer fans on the other hand…well that’s a different story…

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