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Crisis for the Jaguars in Jacksonville

Posted on: June 22, 2010 12:01 pm

Could the Jacksonville Jaguars be relocating? They seem to be on life support in Duval County. Vic Ketchman of wrote last Friday about the team’s decision to open training camp not to all fans, but only to season ticket holders. Ketchman’s words were approved by the Jaguars in some fashion (he write for the team website).

"At this time, I would like to speak to everyone from my heart. I ask that you, please, read my words carefully and embrace them. Here goes: Folks, this is it. This is save the whale. Forget, for the moment, about kids and growing the fan base for the future. We've been doing that since 1995. Back then, it was about the future. In 2010, it's about the present….

"Ticket sales, not the futures of David Garrard and Jack Del Rio, is the number one issue confronting this team, and it's not about next year's ticket sales or growing the fan base for 2020, it's about selling tickets for this year. This is it….

"This is save the whale and, from my perch on the beach, the whale is struggling to live. I think everyone would do well to understand that the radical nature of this decision underscores the team's desperation to sell tickets. The team knew this decision would be harshly criticized, yet, it went forward with it. Why do you think it did? If your answer is that we have reached the tipping point, then you are a logical person."

There have been rumors in recent years about the Jaguars being for sale and/or being a candidate for relocation. (The NFL would still love to have a team return to Los Angeles.) With the Great Recession hitting Florida especially hard, the Jaguars lost 17,000 season ticket holders in ’09 and averaged under 50,000 fans per home game.

--Andy Benoit

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