Jacksonville Jaguars: Is Team Playing In London a Sign of Things to Come?

By Juan Pablo Aravena
Jacksonville Jaguars Shad Khan
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In a decision that was widely expected around the NFL, Commissioner Roger Goodell announced that the league will return to London next year with three games to be played at Wembley Stadium.

While browsing the schedule, the Jacksonville Jaguars appear listed to play in London for the second consecutive year. This season they lost their game against the San Francisco 49ers, and in 2014 the Jags will square off against Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys.

It’s not surprising to see the jaguars featured in London once again. The game against the 49ers was deemed as a total success according to the NFL standards, and with several rumors indicating that a franchise might move to the UK on a permanent basis, it doesn’t seem strange to think about the Jags as one of the candidates to make the move.

The team is not able to attract fans on a consistent basis, and there are usually a lot of empty seats for every game at the EverBank Field. The presence of the team in London, however, will probably change things in that sense as the league expects to see crowded stadiums on every London game.

If the Jaguars move permanently, the only way for the experiment to be a success is if the Jags are able to put a more watchable product on the field on a consistent basis. For now the move to the UK is only rumored, but the fact that Gus Bradley’s team will head to the UK next year could be a sign of things to come in the near future.

Juan Pablo Aravena is a sports writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @jparavenarant or add him to your network on Google

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