Report: Shad Khan to buy Wembley Stadium

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In a move that could precipitate an increased NFL presence in London, Jaguars owner Shad Khan is reportedly in talks to buy Wembley Stadium, England’s preeminent “football” field.

The Evening Standard reports that Khan has agreed to pay more than 500 million pounds ($700 million) for Wembley Stadium, which is known as the home of English soccer and has also hosted several NFL games.

The report indicates that Khan’s ownership would result in more American football games being played at Wembley, and possibly even an NFL franchise in London. Khan has repeatedly shot down talk that he wants to move the Jaguars to London, but talk persists that an NFL team could eventually be located there.

The NFL has also invested in the new stadium for English soccer team Tottenham Hotspur, with the league paying to have that stadium built with features including the larger locker rooms required for NFL teams, and a retractable playing surface that allows games to be played either on grass for soccer or field turf for football.

So it’s possible that there could soon be two iconic soccer stadiums in London with strong NFL ties, one which was built with NFL games in mind, and another that is owned by an NFL owner. The league is pouring serious resources into London.

53 responses to “Report: Shad Khan to buy Wembley Stadium

  1. “The NFL has also invested in the new stadium for English soccer team Tottenham Hotspur, with the league paying to have that stadium built with features including the larger locker rooms required for NFL teams, and a retractable playing surface that allows games to be played either on grass for soccer or field turf for football.

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    And they strong-arm American taxpayers out of BILLIONS for new stadiums, time and time again.

  2. Makes sense. With all the new rules, Football is turning into Soccer.

    The unraveling of the NFL continues.

  3. NFL football is not Soccer or Cricket or Polo…. or Bingo Halls.
    Different country, different sports and leisure.

  4. I live in Europe and Europeans don’t usually ignore the obvious facts. I’m not sure how well they’d support a barbaric sport with all the concussion evidence. Perhaps only to watch Americans bash each other’s brains in.

  5. I live in Europe and Europeans don’t usually ignore the obvious facts. I’m not sure how well they’d support a barbaric sport with all the concussion evidence. Perhaps only to watch Americans bash each other’s brains in.

  6. As it was built for somewhere between $1.2 and $15 Billion dollars, that’s a pretty sweet discount. This might just be a prudent business move, rather than a nefarious London franchise scheme.

  7. I always loved the signs outside of Wembley entrances which tell fans what “weapons” they cannot bring into the stadium. No ice picks, no pitchforks, no clubs, no razors, no hammers, no hatchets… No fun.

  8. Would it not hurt a team to be based inteh UK?
    They would have some serious jet lag and traveling time.

    I have an idea: Make the team with teh worst record play 1-2 games in Wembley.
    That will be a disincentive to the players who will want to leave the team.
    Taht will help curb tanking.

  9. As an NFL fan living in the UK i dont think its great if a franchise moves here. Whats happening at the moment with 4 or so regular season games is great, keep that going.

    But i still think a franchise moving is too far. UK fans would be in uproar if a premiership team moved to the US and wanted to keep playing in the league.

  10. Can you imagine the competitive advantage of playing against a west coast team that has to travel a 12hr plane ride and deal with jet lag and then play at what’s the equivalent of 5am on the west coast? Or the reverse?

  11. Why is Goodell insistent on a London team? plenty of issues here at home to deal with, please fix the league. The only games that should be played there are preseason games. Stop taking regular season home games from season ticket holders. We didn’t buy expensive seat license’s for just 7 games. One home game is 12.5% of the season. Just stop it please.

  12. Rate This
    Rodgers walks into A Barr says:
    April 26, 2018 at 8:24 am
    No one. Wants. London. Football.

    Especially Londoners.

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    Why does it keep selling out then? I get not liking the international series, fair enough but saying there isn’t a demand for it in the UK is just straight up incorrect

  13. There will likely be an NFL team in London someday. All of the signs are there. But it absolutely will not be the Jaguars. Khan’s investment in Jacksonville is too deep for him to just pull up stakes and walk out now.

  14. stipez says:
    April 26, 2018 at 8:26 am
    I live in Europe and Europeans don’t usually ignore the obvious facts. I’m not sure how well they’d support a barbaric sport with all the concussion evidence. Perhaps only to watch Americans bash each other’s brains in.
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    Statistics show otherwise. There are many more concussions in European football than American football.

  15. stipez says:
    April 26, 2018 at 8:26 am

    I live in Europe and Europeans don’t usually ignore the obvious facts. I’m not sure how well they’d support a barbaric sport with all the concussion evidence. Perhaps only to watch Americans bash each other’s brains in.

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    Yeah, and I suppose rugby is a concussion-free, non-barbaric sport over there in jolly old England.

  16. InoffensiveAccountName says:
    April 26, 2018 at 8:32 am
    London Shaguars baby yeah!

    Oh, behave!!!

  17. This is a guy who watches his home games from his giant yacht that he can park a stone’s through from EverBank Field. He isn’t moving his team anywhere.

  18. US taxpayers should never give another dime towards and NFL stadium no matter what extortion by the NFL is involved.

    They can afford to buy stadiums overseas yet not build them here. This disgusting level of greed should not be rewarded.

  19. Hey Jag fans…no use trying to win over the knucklehead jokester (who need to keep their day job) fans of other teams…they are never going to like your team. Quit trying to explain it to them.

    Just ignore them…it’s us against the world!

  20. the17thearlofoxford says:
    April 26, 2018 at 8:35 am
    It really isn’t right for one person to control that much money.“”
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    scary line of thinking … it’s called economic freedom. Stunned at the amount of thumbs up

  21. Wouldn’t it be more prudent to expand within North America before Europe? Start with Toronto or Vancouver and see how that goes first.

  22. I’ve figured it out! Now that LA has teams, the NFL needs another foil to threaten to move teams to. That explains London’s emergence into all of this.

    That’s why the league will ignore all the other more reasonable locations mentioned above.

  23. Wouldn’t it be more prudent to expand within North America before Europe? Start with Toronto or Vancouver and see how that goes first.
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    Toronto metro area population – < 6,500,000

    Vancouver metro area – < 2,900,000

    … Mexico City metro area – + 20,000,000

  24. mm556 says:
    April 26, 2018 at 8:59 am
    Rate This
    Rodgers walks into A Barr says:
    April 26, 2018 at 8:24 am
    No one. Wants. London. Football.

    Especially Londoners.

    2 0 Rate This
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    Why does it keep selling out then? I get not liking the international series, fair enough but saying there isn’t a demand for it in the UK is just straight up incorrect

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    Because it’s trendy and a gimmick. Why does the all star game in baseball sell out with falling attendance and ratings?

    They’re two different things. No way an NFL team succeeds in London or Europe with the soccer leagues that dominate the landscape. People are not going to put money into both.

    The sustainability of it is the big question and with people’s money and attention spans going elsewhere more and more.

    That’s why he IS buying the stadium, so if the Jags fail there, he has the property bought so he can get a return on the oft-used multi-purpose stadium itself.

  25. BDV says:
    April 26, 2018 at 9:01 am
    There will likely be an NFL team in London someday. All of the signs are there. But it absolutely will not be the Jaguars. Khan’s investment in Jacksonville is too deep for him to just pull up stakes and walk out now.

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    You people live in a world of outright delusion. I supposed Goodell tells the truth, Ray Rice was innocents, the Pats cheated, and there is a tooth fairy, too, huh?

    That stadium in Jax was built in the 1990s on the cheap. It’s completely outdated, the stadium rarely sells out and the tv market is horrible.

    Horrible.

    What color is the sky in your world?

  26. harrisonhits2 says:
    April 26, 2018 at 10:11 am
    US taxpayers should never give another dime towards and NFL stadium no matter what extortion by the NFL is involved.

    They can afford to buy stadiums overseas yet not build them here. This disgusting level of greed should not be rewarded.

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    Agreed.

    I would not be srurpised if some of the big money owners diverted some of their revenue sharing from the TV deals into Kahn’s pocket to help him secure buying that stadium, possibly as a loan, to move this move along faster.

    I would venture to guess the sluggish nature in which Jax has become “good” (finally), if they can truly hold onto to being “good” this year and beyond, has come a lot slower for Goodell and the owners’ liking.

    That Dion Lewis fake “fumble” in the AFC Title game was very suspicious to me, namely because it wasn’t a fumble after seeing the replay.

    So, Goodell tried to manipulate the Jags into the SB, and he certainly spotted Philly 2 TDs in the Super Bowl, ignoring one rule and literally changing another during the season to help the Pats’ opponent. Again, all very suspicious.

    Parity baby! Gotta have it to expand to Europe and beyond.

  27. As a Tottenham fan, I’m OK with this. The NFL already gave the money to add their modifications to the currently-under-construction new White Hart Lane with NFL sized locker rooms, an entire new turf field on rollers for NFL games, scoreboards, etc. If they move out to Wembley, we already got the money. If the greedy NFL thinks they can get the money back, they clearly haven’t dealt with the chairman of Spurs, Steve Levy. He’s known as the toughest and nastiest negotiator in London.

  28. I always loved the signs outside of Wembley entrances which tell fans what “weapons” they cannot bring into the stadium. No ice picks, no pitchforks, no clubs, no razors, no hammers, no hatchets… No fun.

    LOL, I thought he was talking about Oakland there for a second :D!

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