The Jacksonville Jaguars are not going to London or Los Angeles or anywhere else anytime soon.
On Wednesday, the Jaguars and the city of Jacksonville announced more upgrades to EverBank Field that include the construction of a new video board that will be the largest in the NFL. The video board will be the most noticeable in a series of improvements that Jaguars owner Shad Khan has made since purchasing the team back in January of 2012 and should erase any doubt of his commitment to keeping the franchise in North Florida for the long haul.
Recently, the national media created a stir in Jacksonville by suggesting that the Jaguars would soon start playing more than one game a year in London as a precursor to an eventual relocation of the franchise abroad. The Jaguars are no strangers to relocation talk, however, as their name gets thrown in every time somebody mentions Los Angeles or London, but the speculation from the national media has never had any substance and almost always is nothing more than irresponsible speculation.
The truth is that the Jaguars are locked into one of the more solid leases that would make it almost impossible to leave Jacksonville before 2027 which gives the team a solid chance to take a foothold in the community. The truth is that the Jaguars have made major strides in growing the fan base since Khan has taken the helm and the final piece is for his new regime to put a consistent winner on the field.
If Khan wanted to move the team, he would let the stadium rot and continue to put a sub-par product out on the field without consequences. Everything he has done since acquiring the team suggests that this is not his plan.
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