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Tim Tebow Going To N.Y. Seen As Missed Opportunity For Jaguars
Published March 22, 2012
SMALL POTATOES: In Orlando, Mike Bianchi wrote Tebow is "going to the Big Apple and, sadly, the Jacksonville Jaguars remain small potatoes." The Jets made an offer for Tebow "because they wanted to," while the Jaguars "made an offer to Tebow because they had to." The Jaguars, who have had "trouble selling tickets and creating interest in their franchise, had a chance to make a deal for the most popular player in the NFL." They had a chance to "make a deal for a cultural icon" (ORLANDOSENTINEL.com, 3/21). In Ft. Lauderdale, Dave Hyde writes Tebow "chose right," as he "picked football over marketing." That the Dolphins "didn't chase him," is "smart for the franchise." It said that "important football decisions aren't made by the ticket department" (South Florida SUN-SENTINEL, 3/22).
MR. FIX IT? SPORTING NEWS' Matt Crossman noted Khan’s friends and family feel that he has a "unique ability to fix ailing companies," which is what he is "trying to do with the Jaguars." Khan has hired former MLB Cardinals President Mark Lamping to "run the business side of the team." Lamping "sees parallels between the Cardinals and Jaguars because they are both in relatively small and regional markets." The Jaguars will "focus on strengthening their ties to Jacksonville while reaching out to the surrounding areas." Khan also "wants the Jaguars to lead the NFL’s push into the international market." Crossman noted none of those initiatives "will be easy or cheap, and Khan is expected to invest heavily in the team" (SPORTINGNEWS.com, 3/20).