Former employee claims Shad Khan plans to move Jaguars to London

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A former employee of Jaguars owner Shad Khan’s English soccer team claims that Khan’s impending purchase of Wembley Stadium is part of a plan to move the Jaguars to London.

Craig Kline, who served as assistant director of Khan’s Fulham Football Club, has made a number of allegations against Khan as Khan attempts to complete the Wembley deal. One of those allegations is that Khan, who publicly says he’s committed to keeping the Jaguars in Jacksonville, is privately planning to turn Wembley into his NFL team’s regular home field.

Kline claimed Khan told him to stay quiet about his plans to buy Wembley and move the Jaguars to London in 2022, the Telegraph reports. The Independent reports that Kline has said of Khan that “moving the Jags from Florida to the UK remains his priority.”

Jim Woodcock, spokesman for Khan, said, “This is nothing more than the same ongoing nonsense and bogus claims made by a former employee who left the club in 2017. Nothing here merits a further response.”

Although it hasn’t been discussed much in the American media, the British media have had several stories suggesting that Khan wants to make Wembley the Jaguars’ permanent home.

If Khan wants to move the Jaguars to London, he’ll need the support of at least 24 of the 32 owners, and it’s unclear whether he’ll have that. It’s also unclear how the NFL would handle some of the logistical challenges of basing a team in London for eight games a year.

Right now, a permanent NFL team in London seems unrealistic. But it’s possible the atmosphere could change in the coming years. Perhaps by 2022, the league and London will be ready to do business on a full-time basis. For now the first of three 2018 games at Wembley Stadium is set for this Sunday when the Raiders play the Seahawks. A week later the Chargers play the Titans, and the week after that is the annual Jaguars’ home game at Wembley, with the Eagles as their opponents.

43 responses to “Former employee claims Shad Khan plans to move Jaguars to London

  1. I guess that’s why Khan is spending millions on stadium upgrades and the surrounding area in Jacksonville. Seems like something a wildly successful business would do.

  2. And Stan Kroenke was REALLY trying hard to keep the Rams in St. Louis, right? No plans to move the team to L.A. AT ALL…

    The writing’s been on the wall for years for a team to move to London– some just choose to ignore all the signs.

  3. From what I know Khan is clearly a very intelligent brilliant guy (go ahead and google him, I can wait) …. But this idea is beyond moronic. It’s so dumb I expect Roger will give his approval any day now.

  4. Eagles play Giants on Thursday night this week…I think that would be a little much to then have to play in London on Sunday against the Raiders…

  5. I had this one nailed with Goodell’s cheating years and years ago. TV ratings are down, people. Parity is the only way to make them go up and to sell the game internationally, which is why that dion lewis “fumble” which so clearly was not a fumble was called a fumble in the afc title game.

    The jig is up, Roger.

  6. BDV says:
    October 10, 2018 at 12:33 pm
    I guess that’s why Khan is spending millions on stadium upgrades and the surrounding area in Jacksonville. Seems like something a wildly successful business would do.

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    Right. To sell it. Always happens before a sale. You Millennials are so naive.

  7. He’s buying Wembley Stadium and owns Fulham Soccer team so
    Nothing would be a surprise. Good luck Jaguar fans . 8 hr flight to London 🏈🇬🇧

  8. only people outside of Jacksonville believe this garbage…look there is an entire development plan in the stadium area…financed by Khan. he just built a multi-million dollar practice field and outdoor event venue. His purchase of Wembley DOES ensure the Jags can continue to play in London-1 game per year. We are used to that and FINE with that. The stadium is packed every week, etc etc….uninformed media plus a jilted former employee…nothing to see here folks

  9. OldTime Football says:
    October 10, 2018 at 12:31 pm
    …and former employees are always truthful and have no ax to grind!
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    And yet some have an ax to grind and are truthful.

  10. How many players would be willing to move their families to London for 7 month? How many draft choices will simply say ‘don’t draft me’, because I won’t sign. This is far from a done deal!

  11. BIGGSHAUN says:
    October 10, 2018 at 12:51 pm
    The fact that water is wet is slightly more shocking than finding out that Khan is trying to move them to London.

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    Look at the comments. Some people still don’t believe it.

  12. tylawspick6 says:
    October 10, 2018 at 12:54 pm
    I had this one nailed with Goodell’s cheating years and years ago. TV ratings are down, people. Parity is the only way to make them go up and to sell the game internationally, which is why that dion lewis “fumble” which so clearly was not a fumble was called a fumble in the afc title game.
    The jig is up, Roger.

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    TV ratings as a whole are actually up. I also renember the Jags stripping the ball in the AFC Championship game and the refs blowing the play dead on what would have been a sure TD. If you’re going to rant at least have it be accurate.

  13. Everytime it gets mentioned of a team in London they always talk about the issue of teams having to travel and needing a bye week. So when a team has to travel to London to play in the wild card round and wins, then they have to travel back to their next road game. I sure that won’t get complaints from owners and the team.

  14. look there is an entire development plan in the stadium area…financed by Khan. he just built a multi-million dollar practice field and outdoor event venue.
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    He may be investing in the stadium and surrounding areas NOW…but he’s a businessman…when he has to, he’ll sell what he needs to sell, and ship those giant scoreboards off to London. In this day and age, the NFL WILL put a team in Europe….maybe two (Chargers) It’s just a matter of time.

  15. “We knew this years ago…Yawn.

    Actually, we didn’t, and you certainly didn’t. So you’re trying to tell us that you knew years ago that Khan would make a bid for Wembley Stadium? You knew years ago that Khan would have a former employee named Craig Kline who who release this information?

    Your clairvoyant powers are amazing.

  16. “It’s a slippery slope to a Super Bowl in London. That’s what people want right. A Superbowl in London?”

    Who cares if the Super Bowl is in London, Paris, Sydney, or Timbuktu? Everyone is watching it on TV other than the approximately 80,000 that are in the stadium. So you have 100+ million people who don’t (or shouldn’t) care where the game is played, as opposed to less than 100,000 who may care.

    In other words, as long the Super Bowl is on TV no one would care if it was played in the middle of the Mojave Desert.

  17. The TAXES are insane. So they would have to get an adjusted salary cap.

    Not to mention, those drafted and certain free agents might not want to leave this country. I have no desire to ever leave this country. We’re all different but it only takes a few ‘No’s’ to change the landscape of a football team.

  18. Are you sure this isn’t a miscommunication and he said they just want to “ship Blake Bortles to London”?

  19. It’s his team. He’s the owner. If he doesn’t want his players to kneel, they should do as the owner says. If he wants to move his team to his privately owned stadium in London, that’s his prerogative. Right? Right???

  20. badboysgetspanked says:
    October 10, 2018 at 1:34 pm
    I hate the Raiders but having them to fly from CA to London is just wrong. Honest question to the owners. How much is enough $?

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    Excessive greed usually destroys everything and this will not be an exception.

  21. Khan & the Jags will be addressed in the upcoming CBA. It appears the league is going to double down on itself and make a huge investment. Less pre season, less contact, streamlined drug policy, higher caps, longer season. It will be a windfall for the players.

  22. cardinealsfan20 says:
    October 10, 2018 at 2:18 pm
    “It’s a slippery slope to a Super Bowl in London. That’s what people want right. A Superbowl in London?”
    Who cares if the Super Bowl is in London, Paris, Sydney, or Timbuktu? Everyone is watching it on TV other than the approximately 80,000 that are in the stadium. So you have 100+ million people who don’t (or shouldn’t) care where the game is played, as opposed to less than 100,000 who may care.
    In other words, as long the Super Bowl is on TV no one would care if it was played in the middle of the Mojave Desert.

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    I think some people might have an issue with the game being played at in the middle of the night or at noon. Advertisers won’t go for it, therefore the league won’t either

  23. If they want the ratings to continue to drop just keep having games in London! Guaranteed to fail! Nobody is getting up at dawn to watch a game there the next three weeks!

  24. “I think some people might have an issue with the game being played at in the middle of the night or at noon.”

    London is five hours ahead of Eastern time. The game could easily start at 11:30pm London time, therefore keeping the current start time for US television. Londoners would pack the stadium regardless of when the game started there.

  25. backintheday99 says: “Not to mention, those drafted and certain free agents might not want to leave this country. I have no desire to ever leave this country.

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    Really? I have a hard time understanding this. To each their own, of course, but I find it strange that someone wouldn’t want to experience some of the amazing places that are outside of this country.

  26. Have heard the Jags are moving to LA for 25 years. Now they’re moving to London. The clueless remain even more clueless.

  27. NEVER EVER trust an NFL owner. StanK-roenke and his minion Kevin DUMoff are the best example of that. NEVER take what they say at face value. The NFL is run by nothing more than a bunch of greedy, money-hungry geezers looking to line their pockets for their heirs. Goodell is in on everything. His only goal in life is for the NFL to reach his lofty revenue goals, even if that means he has to trash loyal fanbases in the process.
    That is why I hope the NLL- NO LOYALTY LEAGUE goes under in 20 years due to their terrible PR staff and the concussion/head injury issues. They reap what they sow. Unfortunately, most of the greedy owners will be long gone when the league folds or is a shell of itself. Jags fans better beware.

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