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Jaguars could be playing one home game a year in the United Kingdom for another 4 years
There is a report out of Florida that the Jacksonville Jaguars could be playing at least one game a year in London. According to Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union, he “expects” Khan to announce a second four-year deal with the league to play one home game per year in England.
The current deal expires in 2016, and by all accounts it has been a good one for the Jaguars financially.
- When the Jaguars are in London for their Week 7 game against Buffalo, I expect owner Shad Khan to make two announcements: A second four-year agreement with the NFL to play one “home” game per year in the U.K. (the current deal ends in 2016) and next year’s game will be against the Green Bay Packers.
- Because of his commitment to the NFL’s international efforts, Khan should get first dibs on playing the opening game at Tottenham’s new stadium in London (2018). The only rub — Tottenham’s capacity is 61,000; Wembley Stadium drew 83,559 and 83,603 for the two Jaguars games. That’s a big revenue difference.
- Tottenham’s stadium design to have an artificial playing surface under a retractable grass field will solve a big issue. The Wembley playing surface (natural grass) hasn’t held up well in the NFL games.