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Jaguars sold to Shahid Khan, staying in Jax

Posted on: November 29, 2011 11:06 am
Edited on: November 29, 2011 11:58 pm
Posted by Will Brinson

It's just another run-of-the-mill NFL news day in Jacksonville, Florida on Tuesday. First, Jack Del Rio was fired this morning, and now's Mike Freeman is reporting that the Jaguars franchise are being recently sold (employees were informed on Tuesday morning) to auto-parts mogul Shahid Kahn ... but the team will reportedly remain in Jacksonville.

Oh, and Jags general manager Gene Smith received a three-year extension. So, yeah, nothing much going on in north Florida today.

Obviously the JDR news broke this morning, but before we could even put together a list of coaches who might replace Del Rio, word started swirling that the Jags were being sold.

Kahn, a Pakistani businessman and owner of Flex-N-Gate, will buy the Jaguars after an unsuccessful attempt to purchase the Rams in 2010 when minority shareholder Stan Kroenke exercised his right to match Kahn's bid for the team.

Previously, the Jags have been considered one of the top candidates for relocation to Los Angeles if/when an NFL stadium is ready to be filled, but Freeman reports that Weaver received written assurances from Kahn that he would keep the team in Jacksonville. Weaver wouldn't confirm those assurances in his press conference however and Kahn did not address them in his statement.

Jack Del Rio Fired

"I am honored to have recently signed an agreement with Wayne Weaver and his partners to purchase the Jacksonville Jaguars,” Khan said. “I have known Wayne for some time and have long admired his spirit, which nearly 20 years ago – against all odds – helped make the Jaguars and the National Football League a reality for Jacksonville and North Florida. Wayne’s legacy will be lasting, and I will always be grateful for Wayne’s trust and confidence in my commitment to the Jaguars, the NFL and the people of the Jacksonville community."

Shortly after chatter about the sale exploded, word broke that Smith received his extension this morning, and if you think about it, the timing of the whole shebang kind of makes sense.

Del Rio was canned by the regime (Weaver) that hired him, ensuring that the new owner's first act won't be to fire a head coach. Then the news leaks that the team's been sold and the employees have been informed. Whether or not the team will move is irrelevant for the moment, because it's important that the Jaguars maintain a semblance of stability to employees and fans.

The report that states the team will remain in Jacksonville does just that. And, finally, speaking of stability, Smith's presence over the next three years provides stability to an organization that will be looking for a head coach and determining whether or not Blaine Gabbert is the future of the franchise at quarterback.

And yes, since Smith drafted Gabbert in the 2011 NFL Draft, it's a safe bet he stays on as the franchise quarterback. Whether fans like him or not, that news probably comes as a little bit of relief, if only because it means there's some stability in Jacksonville on this hectic day.

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Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: December 1, 2011 3:40 pm

Jaguars sold to Shahid Khan, staying in Jax

Again, I think unless this cat stabs you in the back and moves them right away, either San Diego or Oakland go first.  Both have had recent blackout problems, both WERE already in LA at one time or another, and both have old stadiums.

Keep your fingers crossed.

Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: December 1, 2011 8:24 am

Jaguars sold to Shahid Khan, staying in Jax

Classy post.  I hope you keep your team and I hope ours stays put as well.  Good luck!

Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: November 30, 2011 4:15 pm

Jaguars sold to Shahid Khan, staying in Jax


Just stating the facts, sir...

The Bills aren't going anywhere.  They're going to do another refurb of the Ralph, the state will pay for it, and the team is willing to tie a new lease deal in with a no-move clause if it gets done, and it will...$100 million to redo a stadium is a lot cheaper than the team asking for a new $1-billion playpen, so they state's going to help them.

The Bills have intangibles Jacksonville doesn't.  The market size may be comparable on it's face...but it isn't.  Buffalo can't count Canada in their metro area, but a two-hour drive from Buffalo in either direction includes Toronto, Hamilton, St. Catherines, Rochester, Erie, and Syracuse.  Two hours is not an unreasonable drive for a football weekend, and that's 16 million people, all told.

Fifity miles outside of Jacksonville is swampland.

Plus, if the Jags leave, there's still two more teams in Florida.

Because the Jets and Giants play in New Jersey, the Bills are the only team with a new York State address.

You look at any study of sports team loyalty, and the Bills always rate in the Top 10 for ALL 4 sports combined.  No new owner is going to cash in on that and being 90 minutes away from Toronto.

Plus, Commissioner Goodell is from Jamestown, NY-- an hour outside of Buffalo.

Your Jags are in much greater peril, my friend.

Since: Jan 31, 2011
Posted on: November 30, 2011 11:38 am

Jaguars sold to Shahid Khan, staying in Jax

2 teams in l.a would be pretty cool. and a shit ton of money for the city.

Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: November 30, 2011 9:44 am

Jaguars sold to Shahid Khan, staying in Jax

Stability and Blaine Gabbert in the same sentence: now that's something you don't get to read every day.

Since: Nov 27, 2011
Posted on: November 30, 2011 9:02 am

Jaguars sold to Shahid Khan, staying in Jax

I'm glad the sale went through. Not because I am a fan of Khan, but because Weaver has too much loyalty to Jacksonville and its remaining fan base (I know, I lived there for a while). With the sale, the Jags are essentially free to roam and once we get our act together out here in L.A. and produce a billion dollar stadium, we will attract several "inquisitive" teams. Heck, don't be suprised if we get TWO teams back, aka like he Giants and Jets sharing of same stadium. In any case, I look forward to football out here in L.A. and hopefully this Jag fan will be pleasantly surprised.

Since: Dec 7, 2007
Posted on: November 30, 2011 8:43 am

Jaguars sold to Shahid Khan, staying in Jax

Khan is a St. Louis guy and already tried to purchase the Rams and Kronke (currert owner of Rams)  knows the developers of the new stadium in LA and is on the NFL's relocation committee.  Rams lease also expires next year. I'm sure Khan and Kronke and the rest of the plotters in the NFL have already discussed this, but expect the Rams to move back to LA and the Jags to move to St. Louis.  A long time owner like Kronke will not allow a newcomer like Khan to grab the more lucrative LA market ahead of him-NO WAY!

Since: Sep 5, 2010
Posted on: November 30, 2011 8:42 am

Jaguars sold to Shahid Khan, staying in Jax

Holy Crap!  The stupid bus is loading up on this blog!

Two things:

1.) Most of you that talk about the Jacksonville organization, their horrible fan base, the lack of history/winning, blackouts, etc. are simply either confused, receiving (and spreading) inaccurate information or just plain ignorant.  Over the past 5, 10 and 15 (and 16) years the Jags have the best record of any NFL team located in Florida.  As for the fan base and game attendance, outside of 2009 it has the highest of all the Florida NFL franchises (on average) and is always at the top of that list for stadium capacity (see link below).  On a tangent note, the franchise hasn't had a blackout since 2009 while 22 of the other 31 NFL teams only wish they could say the same not to mention Tampa hasn't televised but a few home games over the past few years.  AND they've done all of this with only a 16 year existence versus that of Tampa (35 years) and Miami (45 years).
Now I know we don't like to talk about stats, facts, etc on this site (unless we can skew them) but that's all I have for this topic. That being said, and I'm not saying it would be impossible for the Jags to move, but the candidates more likely would be the Vikings, Chargers, Raiders, Buccaneers or Rams. All/Most have losing records as of recent and/or poor attendance and/or unpalatable relationships with their marketplaces.

2.) For some of you ignorant enough to judge a person based strictly on his country of origin - a country he left before puberty and that you have somehow broad-stroked even though it contains more than 175 million people - well, you're a moron. Hopefully other people don't use idiots like you to judge all Americans. Seriously, how dumb can you be?  That sort of Limbaugh, Palin, Beck and Bachman rhetoric is so old (and stupid).  The Tea Party - Where Politics Meets NASCAR.

Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: November 30, 2011 7:52 am

Jaguars sold to Shahid Khan, staying in Jax

 Join the Military, come to Afghanistan and when one of your buddies gets tore up because of an IED made from material from Pakistan. 
So what about the under the table sale of AR-15s to the IRA in the Seventies? What about the US made weapons in the hands of Bahrain's military while they kill their own people? I served with 3rd Bn. the Royal Welsh in Iraq on Telic and then with the Grenadier Guards in Afghanistan. Not the US military but an allied nation nonetheless.

Is it really a shock that most of the fertilizer comes from a neighbouring country that produces a lot of it? Ever think that maybe those farmers just want to sell their fertilizer so they can buy food/clothes/send their kids to school? Should I judge the entire population of a nation based on their actions supporting a terrorist/guerrilla movement?

Like perhaps funding and supplying the Mujahideen (sp?) which splintered into the Taliban? We all know that the US did that while Afghan was at war with the USSR.

Since: Sep 25, 2007
Posted on: November 30, 2011 7:36 am

Jaguars sold to Shahid Khan, staying in Jax

Using your logic, then that also means the entire world can blame us for senseless deaths caused by bullets and weapons mass produced in the United States which get in the wrong hands. These war's have touched many around the world but it doesn't mean that some random person who came to the U.S. 45 years ago and worked his tail off to be successful had any idea that a lunatic, who hadn't even been born yet or was maybe a child, would mastermind a plot to attack the U.S. and then go hide in his country of origin for 10 years.

Just because this guy wasn't born in America does not mean he doesn't share the same American values this country was founded upon.  Please remember that only 400 years ago, our ancestors who founded this nation were all immigrants.  We appreciate the service you provide to this country, if you are indeed in the military, but let's try and keep quiet the hatred talk about those you've never met.

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