As Shad Khan tries to complete Wembley deal, British media suggest a Jaguars move

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Jaguars owner Shad Khan is attempting to finalize his purchase of Wembley Stadium, England’s premier soccer stadium, and there are suggestions in the British media that he’d move the Jaguars there if he gets the deal done.

The Jaguars are already committed to playing one home game a year in London, but Khan has always insisted that he’s keeping the team in Jacksonville. However, British media outlets don’t seem to buy it.

The Financial Times writes that if Khan is able to complete the Wembley purchase, England’s Football Association “will vacate the premises over the autumn months when the Jaguars play NFL games, with Mr Khan harbouring ambitious plans to bring his US American football franchise to London.” The Daily Mail writes that “Khan made it clear that owning Wembley would ‘protect the Jaguars’ position in London’. He will need approval from the NFL to make that happen.”

But the logistics of having a team based in London may be a greater obstacle than the British media are suggesting. To name just a few issues, the NFL hasn’t figured out how it would manage the travel schedule of a team playing in London eight times a year, whether the team would also stay in London for training camp and offseason work, and how free agents could be persuaded to move to another country.

And although Khan has an agreement in principle to buy Wembley for about $800 million, it’s no lock that the deal will be approved by the Football Association’s 10-member board. That board will take a vote on Thursday, and there’s talk that they’ll deny the sale.

So while Khan might be just a day away from buying Wembley, and might have aspirations to own the first overseas NFL team, the reality is there are still big obstacles in his way. Combine all those obstacles with the fact that Jacksonville fans have been supporting the Jaguars in large numbers this year, and it seems unlikely that we’ll see the Jacksonville Jaguars become the London Jaguars any time soon.

103 responses to “As Shad Khan tries to complete Wembley deal, British media suggest a Jaguars move

  1. Moving the Jags to London would be a stupid thing to do. The Jags are winning, their fan base is growing and supportive, and the NFL would lose (even more) credibility if it allowed a winning team to pull up stakes and move out of the country. If the NFL wants a team in London, it should simply start one from scratch. Maybe put one in Germany or Italy, too. We had NFL Europe at one point, but this would be a step up. However, moving the Jags to London just because Khan will soon own Wembley would be a bad move.

  2. If they put a team in London, look for the schedule to be expanded to allow for extra bye weeks to allow for West Coast-to-Europe travel/acclimation. Once the schedule is expanded, look for the NFLPA to make demands for additional compensation for the greater stress on the athletes/greater share of the increased pie. Strikes/more player holdouts would certainly result.

    Bottom line, this is a move that would completely change the NFL schedule as we know it. Is the long term pain worth shaking a lot of the current fanbase, who are already looking for excuses to explain away having been priced out? I seriously doubt it.

  3. They would have to create an entirely new division with three other European-based teams to cut down on travel.
    They’d have to cross the pond only 2-3 times a season.

  4. Move the Ravens there, they love God Save the Queen, along with Britain’s famously welcoming social structure and squeaky clean history of racial tolerance and integration.

  5. Don’t worry it’s just the media over here bigging it up. The increase in fans in the UK has been quite a surprise and this is just something to dangle to try and keep the increased numbers trending up, the Jags won’t be moving.

  6. Go ahead Shad. Field a team in London who has to travel to the US for half of their games. See how many FAs even consider coming to that team. Or how bad they will be. I’m sure the soccer loving crowd in Jolly Ol’ England will come in droves leaving a trail of cash behind them to watch that mess.

  7. “…how free agents could be persuaded to move to another country.”

    Or, if they would even be allowed in, given the many run-ins with the law NFL players seem to enjoy.

    Good to see British media is as much about the hype as it is here in the US.

  8. This is the NFL, National Football League…NOT the INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE!!! Don’t sell out our fansbase(s)!!!
    If this happens, all fans should boycott the NFL and make Owners/Goodell appreciate who actually make their lives so cushy!
    While Trump continues to insult Englands Prime Minister and Royalty, as well as our other European allies, Americans may find they aren’t all that welcome as immigrants either.

  9. The Jaguars are not moving to London. They have a near air-tight lease in Jacksonville for at least another decade.

    This is more of an uninformed British media than them having any actual information.

  10. Salt Lake Stallions play in the US, guys can hit, tickets will be much cheaper. And there probably won’t be a line to get a beer. This AAF thing is starting to sound pretty good.

  11. Khan’s putting money in and winning now to show Londoners the potential. Close the stadium deal, get mediocre for a few years, and move the team. The world is only getting smaller. If you think NFL owners don’t want their teams in the world’s largest and wealthiest cities you’re only fooling yourselves. Plane trips? Please, they’ll get a plane or planes with sleeper berths for every team flying transatlantic. This is a tens of billion dollar industry. These men have figured out far bigger challenges in their other businesses. Don’t like it? Don’t watch don’t buy. Now. This is the time, if you really want to make a statement. But it’s easier not too, I understand.

  12. LOL!

    Gotta get that parity cranked up!

    Take down the Pats! Take down the Pats to make it happen! Oh, that Goodell.

    lmao

    Had this one called YEARS ago, long before it became obvious. Can’t sell parity without it being a real thing, where as long as NE wins the division every year and plays in conf title games, every year, in SBs every year, there is no parity, hence Goodell’s framejobs of the Pats.

    They would have already been there by now if not for NE’s domination.

  13. From a pure business perspective – moving the team to London is a smart move for Khan (and the NFL). It would instantly become the “European Team” with millions of fans. The home games would sell out easily, forever. Not just from new Jags fans – but the fans of the other teams when their favorite team comes to play the Jags in London. Also just Europeans who love the NFL and will pay to go see a game live regardless of the teams playing.

    Jacksonville could never, even if the entire city were Jags fans, compare to the ticket and merch sales that who happen in London if the team moved there. I would hate for my team to have to go play in London and totally mess with their schedule, but I understand business, and that’s about making money.

  14. My guess is most guys would have no interest in playing in London. It’s a great place to visit but relocating there–or flying there eight times a year–would be enough for most guys to not want to play for the Jags. It’s a stupid idea anyway. The only thing I figure is he thinks he can make enough money by being the “home” team that it’ll make it worth it. I’m not so sure about that…especially how bad they were for most of the past decade.

  15. The usual snowflake xenophobes complaining about NFL games being played outside of the US. Tell us, how does a team being located in London effect your life in any way? What possible difference could it make to you?

  16. Another owner flipping off its fan base. Yup… keep buying those tickets, buying the merch and fighting in the stands over team loyalty ya suckas.

  17. The NFL will do what-ever they have to to keep the money pouring in. Why should we care? It’s a GLOBAL economy..LOTS and LOTs of money out there. The real NFL had been expired for many of us for awhile. I suspect if it wasnt for fantasy football and now legal betting, the NFL would’nt have the die-heart base it does now.

  18. This would be amazing for the sport and the Jaguars franchise. They can legitimately be sponsored by Jaguar cars. Khan has been playing the long game like a genius.

  19. Talk about Stupid! There are plenty of UNITED States cities that really could use a NFL team! The NFL in a city gives jobs to locals AMERICANS and money for the areas. While I was in the Military I was stationed in Norfolk V.A. That area (Hampton Roads) has over a million people from all over the country. They would support a team better then most cities that already have a team. Plus, provide jobs ect. Other areas like Oklahoma City, San Antonio, Houston, ect need a team before a different country. The NFL us losing their fanbase. Thus would tip the scales.

    Now factor in players not wanting to move their families out if the country, Free Agents not wanting to play there ect. It’s just a bad idea. I’m actually against games being played in Mexico, London ect. Let’s make America great again!! Keep football here!!

  20. The NFL never ceases to amaze me. They killed NFL Europa, then want to increase their presence in Europe. /smh

  21. If the NFL wants to expand to Europe, wouldn’t the most logical expansion idea involve a new European division, or even a new conference, that only plays existing NFC/AFC teams a few times per year? I feel like having just one team a continent away will create a logistical nightmare and give that team a huge home field advantage (and equally huge road disadvantage).

  22. I could see them tippin the toe in the water a bit and playing 4 of the 8 home games in London before a full fledged move. Maybe 4 consecutive home London games, then a bye week to travel back. Also any team that would travel to London for a game should have a bye week either before the game or after it.

  23. Logistically it’d be incredibly hard, free agents wouldn’t want to go there and if you polled average Londoners on what “NFL” meant you’d get blank stares. Thus, it’s a certainty that Goodell will try it.

  24. cardinealsfan20 says:

    September 26, 2018 at 9:51 am

    The usual snowflake xenophobes complaining about NFL games being played outside of the US. Tell us, how does a team being located in London effect your life in any way? What possible difference could it make to you?
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    The Jags moving won’t impact our personal lives. But it will impact the league and game that we follow. So, from that perspective it’s not a minor thing. Logistically, you can’t have a team traveling 6-12 hours every road game. The team would have difficulty attracting and keeping players. Travel time to & from London would be a huge issue. Player safety issues due lack of rehab and practice planning around long flights. Thursday night games won’t work. It’s an issue. And the NFL should stop pushing the edges of the balloon before it pops. How much is enough?

  25. Kahn has probably spent somewhere on the order of $100 million on stadium improvements alone in Jacksonville. Cant imagine him picking up and leaving that behind.

  26. Now supporting the team? 1000s of empty seats at their last home game. Not that surprising though really, they were playing the Titans so why turn up to watch them lose 3 in a row to them?

  27. 3/4 of the NFL owners (24) have to agree to the move and based off the logistics, they’ll decline. Putting a team in Vegas or LA was no big deal, but having to travel to Europe at least once a season is daunting. Many had money in NFL Europe and we know how that turned out. No free agent will want to play there due to the extensive travel, having to settle their families in a different country, and the way higher tax rate. Shad Khan would have to go full Kroenke and massively overpay on signing bonuses to get any skilled player. Bad idea for so many reasons.

  28. Definitely a lot more crazy logistic issues that just travel — how does the cap work with a foreign currency fluctuation? ‘

    But at least the SuperBowl winner can really claim “World Champion” vs. Today’s “I’m-really-just-USA-Champ-but-who-cares”

  29. It would be an absolutely horrific decision to move a franchise that’s finally finding success with a fanbase that’s buying in and growing on a consistent basis, all the way across an ocean to a continent that doesn’t care about American football, and in doing so forcing massive schedule changes due to travel time of up to 11 hours for west coast teams.

    The one and only reason to make this move is if you have delusional billionaires who live in a bubble and operate with total disregard for logic and reason whenever they see the opportunity of a new stadium and potential new revenue.

    In other words, this is just dumb enough to be a real possibility for the NFL under Goodell. It’s perfectly in line for all the other ridiculously idiotic short-term decisions they’ve been making.

  30. “Tell us, how does a team being located in London effect your life in any way? What possible difference could it make to you?”
    _________________

    It’s late in the season and next week’s game will likely determine if your team makes the playoffs or not. Your rival is at home this week but your guys have to hop the pond to play in London. I guess there’s always next season…

  31. ninetysixer says:

    September 26, 2018 at 9:27 am

    hasnt Kahn also dumped tens of millions into the area surrounding the Jaguars stadium in Jacksonville?

    _____________________________________

    Sssshhhhh dont point that out it ruins the media agenda to get the Jaguars moved.

  32. The “London Jaguars” would be #1 in the the least logical team name category.
    There are more lakes in Los Angeles, more jazz in Utah, and more warriors in Sacramento than Jaguars in London. Unless they changed it from the cat to the car…

  33. No one is talking about the tax implications. The British government taxes any and all income earned while in the UK. This is not limited to game checks, but also extends to endorsements, commercials, etc.

  34. Mr. Khan has not lied to us yet. If he says the team is staying, then it is.

    Yes, he has put a ton of money into stadium renovations. Side note: the video boards are enormous and we absolutely love them.

    Yes, he is pouring additional tons of money into the surrounding area.

    That all being said, if attendance drops (it will, once they start losing again and all teams do), then it’s a different game. But…why the Jaguars to London? Take a hard look at Tampa Bay’s attendance issues, maybe Mr. Khan divests the Jags to a holding company and buys the Bucs from that family that owns them. The Great Britain Buccaneers? The London Fog?

  35. So, first he wants to move his team. Let’s say, for the sake of argument, that he does it.
    Then London, or any future European team, wants to host a Super Bowl.
    Then what?
    Europeans want American FB, subscribe to NFL Ticket. I would, the seats are better in my living room anyway.

  36. The “London Jaguars” would be #1 in the the least logical team name category.
    There are more lakes in Los Angeles, more jazz in Utah, and more warriors in Sacramento than Jaguars in London. Unless they changed it from the cat to the car…

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    There aren’t any Jaguars in Jacksonville either. There are Panthers in Florida but that name was awarded to Carolina, where there aren’t any Panthers.

  37. “September 26, 2018 at 10:47 am
    No one is talking about the tax implications. The British government taxes any and all income earned while in the UK. This is not limited to game checks, but also extends to endorsements, commercials, etc”

    Uh. We do that here in the US too. The government taxes any and all income you make, including income made off of income.

  38. Add another bye week to the season for “player safety”. Then the “The Jacksonville Jaguars of London” play a road heavy first 8 weeks in the US, maybe 6 road games, 2 Jacksonville games. They travel to London and get their bye week, then play 4 visiting teams in a row. They travel back to the US and get another bye, then finish out the season with 2 away and 2 home. They’re in the US for the playoffs. There is significant endorsement money to be made by star players in England, so I don’t think free agents are going to be crying about spending 5 weeks overseas. Jacksonville fans won’t like it, but if they can figure out a decent starting time, they’ll still watch on TV.

  39. Will the NFL continue to give out free jerseys to the people attending the game to make it look like there are a ton of NFL fans over there, or will they stop that practice once the jags are permanent?

  40. It doesn’t make sense to move an NFL team overseas. Then again, this is the NFL we’re talking about. Sense is optional for them.

  41. cardinealsfan20 says:
    September 26, 2018 at 9:51 am
    The usual snowflake xenophobes complaining about NFL games being played outside of the US. Tell us, how does a team being located in London effect your life in any way? What possible difference could it make to you?
    ———————————

    It must be a sad frustrating existence when the only arguments you have consists of name calling and anger.

  42. What no one’s mentioned is Tottenham Hotspur have just built a brand new billion dollar stadium with all the facilities to accommodate NFL games including a retractable field. London couldn’t support a franchise and keep having international series games at the same time, which must have been promised to Tottenham with the massive investment they’ve made.

    The games will keep coming to London but the franchise won’t, unless of course it eventually goes to Tottenham.

  43. Wow, a “tarps” comment. Wake up, man, Jaguars were top 20 in NFL attendance last year and moving higher this year as thousands of people/week are moving to Florida.

  44. @Liberalsruineverything says:

    The usual snowflake xenophobes complaining about NFL games being played outside of the US. Tell us, how does a team being located in London effect your life in any way? What possible difference could it make to you?
    =====================================================================
    Well, for those in Pacific Time Zone, it means games would be televised at 5:30/6:30 am. Why doesn’t it a difference to you?

  45. Just as the Jaguars become a legit threat again–move them to London. Brilliant move. I bet Goddell is salivating. And of course Khan really needs the money yall. These 2 clowns likely think “in the NFL history books, it will be I who was known to expand the NFL, it was ME”…while everyone who loves the game shakes their heads.

  46. OK, I am confused.

    If-big if- Khan owns Wembley and the Jaguars move, the football association vacates in the fall as per the article.

    Where would they play the matches for the Carabao Cup and the other football association? Are those games not the reason Wembley (the new one) was built?

  47. The NFL has a 10 year contract to play at Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium. Unless Khan pays off the NFL and also Spur’s owner, Daniel Levy, the Jags aren’t playing Wembley any time soon.

  48. gotitan says:

    September 26, 2018 at 9:16 am

    It was a full stadium on Sunday and very loud, even in their loss to the Titans.

    ================================

    Until the 3rd quarter when all the fans leave. They have been that way for years. Any sign of defeat and the fans are gone. Pathetic.

  49. Right. The Titans, Colts, and Texans would just love to make trips to London every year. But if they realign the divisions, it will work. Move the London Jag-u-ars to the AFC East and put Miami in the AFC South. Now the Jets, Bills and Pats won’t mind going to London every year since, one, the Bills like to play in Toronto, Canada, the Jets have to share a stadium with the Giants, and the Pats play in Mexico and other places…see, all three of those teams are “international,” kinda. I’d love to see Tom Brady paying tax to the Crown…And, oh yeah, you can keep Tottenham Hotspurs…I’d rather have Arsenal…just kidding.

  50. Someone’s reading far too into quotes and possibilities.

    The British press would LOVE for a US football team to DEFECT to London.
    So many stories to write about, op-ed pieces and more.
    For example, The Glazers already own Manchester United and went thru the same rumor mill, albeit on a much smaller scale.

    Khan’s statement about “protecting the Jaguars’ position in London” is just that – the Jags would be assured a game there every year instead of it being a rotational choice of teams. Expanding the fan base there helps jersey and merch sales, and don’t forget Florida is a huge vacation spot for British tourists. Taking a short drive to see a game during a trip to Disney World only helps the Jags bottom line.

    For Khan, AND the NFL to remove the Jaguars from Jacksonville NOW – when the fan base is the largest and most involved its been in years would surely cause rioting and chaos in the football-hungry SEC/ACC country.

  51. “Will the NFL continue to give out free jerseys to the people attending the game to make it look like there are a ton of fans over there?”

    Where in the world did you hear that? Or do you people just make this stuff up?

    Look at the different team jerseys sprinkled throughout the London crowds. Do you really think that the NFL has 30 different boxes containing various sizes of jerseys outside of each entrance?

  52. It’s a pretty shoddy idea overall, but the notion that logistics are some sort of insurmountable hurdle are laughable. Super Rugby, the world’s top rugby union competition, has teams in South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Argentina and Japan. The distances involved make LA-to-London look silly by comparison, yet despite each team being much, much poorer than any NFL squad, they manage to travel these distances and play the games. It’s hardly rocket science.

  53. jimbo75025 says:
    September 26, 2018 at 11:46 am
    OK, I am confused.

    If-big if- Khan owns Wembley and the Jaguars move, the football association vacates in the fall as per the article.

    Where would they play the matches for the Carabao Cup and the other football association? Are those games not the reason Wembley (the new one) was built?
    __________________________________

    There seems to be a big list of “red lines” in the conditions of the sale. Khan would still have to let all the soccer matches take place apart from in the fall when they would be moved around the country. All the biggest soccer games at Wembley take place in the spring/summer by the way.

  54. Brits live in this delusional dream world where they are still an Imperial power and can get whatever they want by merely snapping their fingers. Well that ship has sailed and turns out they’re just a little island in Europe that has seen it’s best days pass by. No way Khan ever moves the Jags to England, but don’t try to tell the Brits that they simply don’t matter anymore.

  55. jman967 says:
    September 26, 2018 at 10:59 am


    Uh. We do that here in the US too. The government taxes any and all income you make, including income made off of income.

    _____________________

    Sure we do, but if you play in the UK and are a US Citizen you will also pay income taxes in the US

  56. What no one’s mentioned is Tottenham Hotspur have just built a brand new billion dollar stadium with all the facilities to accommodate NFL games including a retractable field. London couldn’t support a franchise and keep having international series games at the same time, which must have been promised to Tottenham with the massive investment they’ve made.

    The games will keep coming to London but the franchise won’t, unless of course it eventually goes to Tottenham.
    —-
    Tottenham is a district within London, in the northern part of the city 🙂

  57. Wow… the fake news never ends lol

    Khan is absolutely NOT moving his NFL American Football franchise to London.

    He wants to buy Wembley so as to make more money.
    Period.
    Having it as a home team stadium doesn’t maximize the profits. Renting it to the NFL to use for all the games so as to profit off the other 2-3 games played there per NFL season does maximize.
    Also… Soccer and his club.
    Also… he wanted to buy the Rams. And keep them in St Louis. The buy was blocked because the NFL wanted the team in LA.
    So… yeah, he ain’t trying to move. This is silly.

  58. Jags ditched the Stadium tarps this season to raise capacity to nearly 70K for NFL games.. What makes money for Jags are the premium seats and lower bowl which were all full for Titans game. The empty areas were the cheaper seats.. Oh it was mid 90’s again and those upper deck seats are steamy.. Jets game this weekend will probably be about the same…

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