The NFL is determined to expand its reach across overseas, mainly in London. In order to do this, they had requested that the Jacksonville Jaguars play one game a year for the next four years in England.
And Jaguars owner Shad Khan was fine with that set-up. He was ready for play four games in London like originally planned. But now it is being reported that Roger Goodell may request that the Jags play two games a year in Europe, rather than one like before.
That is not official, but Goodell essentially said that they could do so if they felt it necessary. Despite that report, Khan seems to be planning on the original four games as was discussed before, saying:
“What we’re focused on right now as a team is four games in London for the next four years. That’s very important to us. I think everyone needs to understand playing games in London is very, very important for Jacksonville, it’s very important to this franchise. We need fans, we need more corporate sponsors. Jacksonville is excellent in fan support, great facilities that we’re going to have. We don’t have enough corporate sponsors.”
What could present a problem are the massive renovations being done in Jacksonville that the team will not be able to enjoy as much should they play two games a year in London. While Khan is still planning on one a year, he said that he may be open to two, if he feels it will be beneficial to both the team, and the league as a whole.
With the team putting close to $20 million up for a new scoreboard and other stadium changes, they may not be pleased if they are losing time playing in the stadium they are so excited about.
More information should surface when we find out whether Goodell wants to double the amount of games in London as he continues his plot to bring football, not “futbol,” to Europe.