The NFL rumor of the Jacksonville Jaguars relocating in the NFL realm have been longstanding. The Jaguars have long been one of the league’s teams linked to a possible move to Los Angeles. A new rumors has surfaced regarding the Jaguars and this time it has the team moving East, not West. It seems, in certain circles, that the Jacksonville team might be destined to relocate in London, England.
This week, the NFL played it’s annual dreadful International Series game in London. The New England Patriots destroyed the St. Louis Rams. Patriots owner Robert Kraft made news by telling fans in England and reporters that it’s time to place a team in London. I think not.
According to NFL insider Jason LaCanfora, a move to London for the league could come sooner, rather than later and the Jacksonville Jaguars appear primed to be the team.
Eric Grubman, the league’s Executive Vice President of Business Ventures, addressed the teams as part of the International Committee presentation at the meeting less than two weeks ago, and spoke in certain terms about the desire to have a team in London, sources said, with numerous attendees leaving the meeting with the impression this initiative will result in a team moving to London more quickly than owners had previously imagined.
“Grubman pretty much flat-out said, ‘We want to have a team in London — our goal is to get a team there and make this happen,’” said one source who was present for the meeting. “It didn’t sound like an if, we took it as a when.”
Said another source at the meeting: “I don’t even know why they call it the International Committee. They should just call it the London Committee. It’s pretty obvious everything is geared to the U.K. and, really, Wembley Stadium. I left that meeting thinking this isn’t 20 years away, this is happening in five to 10 years. The league is really behind this.”
Now, I’ve written about the possibility of the Jaguars moving in the past, and I get a lot of response from Jaguars fans telling me I’m nuts. I happen to live in Florida and have been here for over 40 years. I have a pretty good idea what’s happening in this state.
Jaguars fans are blind when it comes to the reality of financial matters. Jacksonville should never have been awarded a NFL franchise. The market cannot support a team. Yes, Shahid Khan bought the team and promised to keep the team in Jacksonville. He’s been involved in local dealings in order to increase interest in the team, but in reality, this is a pretty bad team.
Khan did not spend hundreds of millions of dollars to purchase a franchise to keep it languishing in a poor economic market. The 32 owners of NFL franchises are not stupid business men, they did not amass their money by winning the lottery, they have made smart business decisions. I always considered the Jaguars to be a team poised to head to Los Angeles.
The Jaguars are replacing the St. Louis Rams as a team which will play “home” games in London through the 2016 season.
I am not a fan of playing NFL games overseas. I don’t like the International Series. I don’t like the idea Roger Goodell has floated that the league should have a Super Bowl played in London.
Despite the claims from the current owner, Jaguars fans need to be aware. Your team could be on the move. Mr. Khan could tell the fanbase that economic considerations have made this move inevitable. Then again, he might just call in the Mayflower trucks in the middle of the night and jump on a trans-Atlantic freighter.