For foreseeable future, NFL’s London team will be Jaguars — or no one

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With the league periodically talking about placing a team in London, and with some thinking that it’s just talk aimed at keeping the London fans fascinated by the potential of a full-time team of their own, it was time to dust off the hat with the card that says “PRESS” and start poking around a little.

Per a league source with knowledge of the dynamics at play, ownership most likely would support a move of the Jaguars to London, if owner Shad Khan wants to do it. It’s unknown whether he actually wants to do it.

There’s a chance Khan simply wants to have a split schedule between Jacksonville and London, playing more games in England and making more money than he makes playing games in Florida. The league would likely support that approach as well, because the thinking is that, if the Jaguars don’t move to London, there’s no other current candidate to relocate to a location outside the U.S.

Khan has denied that he intends to move the team, but that’s what plenty of sports owners say before a move happens. The circumstantial evidence points to a potential departure from Jacksonville, what with the Jags playing in London once per year and Khan recently trying to buy Wembley Stadium.

It’s enough circumstantial evidence to get the league thinking about the possibility, even though the move would (as Commissioner Roger Goodell recently admitted) entail competitive issues for the team that plays there on a full-time basis and the teams that play road games on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean.

21 responses to “For foreseeable future, NFL’s London team will be Jaguars — or no one

  1. It will never work to put a team there..
    I bet a lot of player do not want to play there and not sign when drafted because of the location.

  2. Yawn. You do realize a team outside the US turns the NFL into IFL. That is, the National Football League is no longer just National.

    So it doesn’t make sense without changing the entire basis which the league was founded upon.

  3. What a roller-coaster ride for Jags fans the past 10 months. Back in January you were a mere 15 minutes away from a trip to the Super Bowl and now your essentially splitting the team with a city nearly 3,000 miles away that the owner clearly prefers over you. How long before Shad ‘promises’ London a playoff game? I’m betting he already has.

  4. For foreseeable future, Jags are going to have a hard time (re-)signing players when they have to spend half the season traveling back and forth to London.

  5. The fact that it defies basic logic and is opposed by over 90% of the paying fans of the sport means there are better than even odds that Goodell goes for it.

  6. All these changes to the schedule need to cease. We as NFL fans couldn’t care less about these games in London, Mexico or Canada, nor do we care about Thursday night football, back in the day an occasional Thursday night game was a treat, but the teams playing were coming off a bye, go back to it. If the Jags want to go to London, then let them and cut them from the NFL, plenty of other cities would love to have a pro team. The NFL is approving teams to relocate, the Chargers will never survive in LA and the Raiders will probably up and move again, probably back to Oakland. The league should have told the Raiders San Antonio or Portland or stay in Oakland, The Chargers should have been told to stay in San Diego or go to St Louis.

  7. amaf21 says:
    October 31, 2018 at 12:14 pm
    For foreseeable future, Jags are going to have a hard time (re-)signing players when they have to spend half the season traveling back and forth to London.
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    Or drawing fans in Jacksonville.

  8. The NFL and it’s owners need a new ‘re-location’ policy. Franchise owners are betraying their fan base for more money. The LA Charger ‘re-location is a clear failure and Goodell and the NFL can’t do anything about it! Long term contracts with the Costa Mesa practice facility, the rental of the LA Charger HQ and the long term contract between Kroenke and Spanos for ‘rental’ of Kroenke’s new stadium are set in stone. Spanos has a massive $650,000,000 ‘re-location’ fee he must pay off in the next 8 years. He’s had to dramatically cut PSL and game tickets at Kroenke stadium in 2020 to lure and build some
    kind of fan base. It won’t happen. The Rams own LA. Spanos can’t move ’cause he can’t afford another $650,000,000 re-location fee. A new owner won’t purchase the team in LA and price in still another $650,000,000 re-location fee to NFL owners. It’s a disaster. The Las Vegas Raiders situation will be interesting. They will also compete with many other consumer attractions in LV. But he has a better chance to survive than Sanos’s blunder. Now, the Jaguars owner may try the same thing down the line. Will Buffalo move to San Antonio and desert their solid fan base? Could be.The weather in Buffalo N.Y. is very harsh and the relatively new owners don’t like being stuck there. No state taxes in Texas. High state taxes in N.Y. State…and going higher. Don’t be surprised at these ‘relocations’ on the horizon. Sad.

  9. For some reason that makes no sense because I trust billionaire truth-telling about as much as I trust the sun coming up in the west and setting in the east, I find Shad Khan believable when he says he will keep the Jaguars in Jacksonville and has no intention of moving them to London. I suspect the split schedule approach is more likely what he has in mind. That’s a win-win for London and for Jacksonville and for Shad’s pocketbook.

  10. No one sounds like the better option.

    This London experiment has ZERO enthusiasm stateside. Seems like a mixed bag from the response across the pond.

    As a fan of an AFC South team, we would really prefer to NOT get caught in that trap every year so please don’t. If the Jags get pushed to London they have to switch to one of the East divisions.

  11. I wonder what the tax implications would be for players.

    None of them will want to pay more, especially with no state income tax in Florida.

  12. allsyntax says:
    October 31, 2018 at 11:57 am
    Yawn. You do realize a team outside the US turns the NFL into IFL. That is, the National Football League is no longer just National.

    So it doesn’t make sense without changing the entire basis which the league was founded upon.

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    In that case you can’t call the superbowl winners world champions each time the

  13. If I was a player I don’t think I would be on that team. Playing over seas when you home base is the U.S. You will start to lose you fan base even more! 8 games at home would probably be reduced to what maybe 6 games?

  14. “the long term contract between Kroenke and Spanos for ‘rental’ of Kroenke’s new stadium are set in stone”
    “A new owner won’t purchase the team in LA and price in still another $650,000,000 re-location fee to NFL owners”

    The contract is only set in stone until the parties change their tune, and the relocation fee can be revised way down if the owners choose to do so.
    I think there is a chance that it’s the Chargers who go to London, based on the prediction that they will not be able to develop a profitable fan base in LA. If the cost of moving the Chargers to London becomes less than the cost of moving the Jaguars, it will be the Chargers. Money is the deciding factor.

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