The Jacksonville Jaguars just got themselves a vacation home and a pretty nice one at that. From the year 2013 through 2016 the Jacksonville Jaguars will play a ‘home game’ in Wembley Stadium in London. In the press release the team confirmed that the NFL plans to have a second team to host a ‘home game’ in London as well. The
“We have had a tremendously positive reaction to our sport in the U.K. and we’re excited that the Jaguars are seizing this opportunity to raise the profile for the team as well as the Jacksonville community,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said. “The NFL is committed to working with Shad Khan and the Jaguars in every respect to help them grow their brand and fan base through the NFL International Series and the many opportunities these games will offer.”
The NFL has been hosting a game in the NFL every year for a while but adding a second game shows an attempt to grow the sport overseas. New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft feels that London deserves an NFL franchise. The St. Louis Rams have also talked about hosting games overseas as well, some say even using it as leverage to get a new stadium deal.
“The Jacksonville Jaguars will be a bold and ambitious NFL franchise,” Khan said in a press release.
“We’re appreciative of the support from the Jacksonville business community to make this a reality and winning proposition for everyone,” the Jacksonville Jaguars owner said. “This is a priceless opportunity to share the business, tourism and lifestyle story of Jacksonville with international audiences, and I know it will give the Jaguars a unique and powerful identity within the league and beyond.”