Shad Khan has ‘no plans’ to move Jaguars to London
Over the past few years, there have been constant rumors that an NFL team could make their way to London, but don’t expect the Jacksonville Jaguars to be that team. To shut down the rumors before they even began, Shad Khan has “no plans” to move the franchise to London.
Of course, the rumors were sparked when there were reports that the Los Angeles Chargers were considering making a move to London. Immediately, Dean Spanos, the Chargers’ owner, shot down those reports with an expletive-filled statement.
Therefore, the Chargers will stick to their commitment to joining the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium in 2020. On the other hand, Jacksonville will remain at TIAA Bank Field in Florida. At least for the time being.
The NFL has held a series of games in London for 13 years now and has continued to build a fan base overseas. Among all 32 teams, the Jaguars have definitely participated in the most games in London.
As a matter of fact, Jacksonville is the only team in the NFL to make a multi-year commitment to playing at least one game in London every season. At first, it was scheduled to go from 2013-16, but it was extended to 2020.
Khan is expected to expand the partnership beyond 2020 when the current contract expires.
Just last week, the Jaguars squared off against the Houston Texans at Wembley Stadium. With the number of games that the Jaguars have played in London, they would have the most seamless time relocating overseas.
However, Khan seems to be adamant about keeping the Jaguars in Florida while having London as a metaphorical vacation home during the season.