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SBD/October 8, 2012/Franchises
Khan Heads To England This Week To Promote Jaguars To British Audience
Published October 8, 2012
GETTING COMFY: In N.Y., Judy Battista noted the Jaguars spent more than $3M "to construct the NFL’s most luxurious locker room” at EverBank Field. The locker room “looks like a cross between a high-end nightclub (a 41,600-watt sound system) and a five-star hotel (stacked stone wall tile) and is so deluxe that the team recently used it to host a dinner for sponsors.” In the “most visible attempt to overhaul their image” under Khan, the Jaguars have “embraced their inner interior designer, replete with two waterfalls that splash into plunge pools, Euro-style toilets inside individual private stalls and leather chairs custom-built extra wide to accommodate even the heftiest linemen.” There are “ventilation systems built into each locker to dry equipment, helping the Jaguars to pull off the unimaginable: the locker room smells like a new car instead of a sweaty sock.” Jaguars Senior VP/Football Technology & Analytics Tony Khan, Shahid's son, said, “It’s first class, just to show that’s how he does things. It’s the best locker room in the NFL. He wants this to be the best organization in the NFL.” Battista noted Shahid Khan “personally met with the designers and approved the details” of the locker room (N.Y. TIMES, 10/7).
RIDING THE STORM OUT: Khan yesterday said he plans to “stay the course” with GM Gene Smith and coach Mike Mularkey despite the team’s lackluster start. When told there are “questions about what his style will be as an owner and how patient he will be,” Khan said that he is “still figuring out his style as an owner.” Khan also said that the Jaguars “need the support of the fans.” In Jacksonville, Vito Stellino notes the Jaguars “announced they distributed 67,012 tickets” for yesterday’s game against the Bears (FLORIDA TIMES-UNION, 10/8). In Jacksonville, Gene Frenette notes being “outscored 95-20 at EverBank Field in 180 minutes of football is far more embarrassing than any tarps over seats or having one playoff win in the past 12 years.” The Jaguars are a “game-day disaster.” A change to black jerseys did “nothing against the Bears to alter a train heading in a bad direction” (FLORIDA TIMES-UNION, 10/8).
ROLE MODEL: Khan said that he “respects and looks up to” Bears Owner the McCaskey family because he "intends to keep the Jaguars in his family.” He said, “It is a great family business. I can say that now with a greater amount of certainty. It’s small enough and passionate enough that it’s the ideal family business” (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 10/7).