SBD/October 29, 2012/People and Pop Culture

The Cat's Out Of The Bag: Jaguars Owner Shahid Khan Profiled On "60 Minutes"

Jaguars Owner SHAHID KHAN was profiled last night on CBS’ "60 Minutes," with CBS’ Byron Pitts noting that with his acquisition of the team, Khan became the “first ethnic minority to own a team in the NFL, and that may be the least interesting thing about him.” With his “engaging personality and unflagging optimism, Khan has taken the city of Jacksonville, Florida, by storm. He's become the town's leading cheerleader and has plans to turn the Jaguars into an international brand.” The Jaguars are “short on big-name players and that's put Shahid Khan in a unique position for a rookie owner.” Pitts: “He is the face of the franchise. … Less than a year into his tenure, Shahid Khan is a phenomenon. His rakish mustache has become a must-have accessory for any self-respecting Jags fan. He has an approval rating any politician would envy: 78%. He's his team's advertising spokesman.” Pitts noted while Khan “enjoys rock star status today, news that a Muslim from Pakistan had bought the Jaguars did not go over well with everyone in this conservative corner of Northeast Florida.” Khan said he reacted to seeing derogatory and racist comments posted online about him “the way I reacted most of my life, which is it's not really my problem, it's their problem.” Khan: “It was not Jacksonville's finest moment.” Pitts asked if it was true former Jaguars Owner WAYNE WEAVER "was so embarrassed” by the fan backlash “that he offered you a chance to get out of the deal.” Khan: “I wouldn't characterize it that way. I think he was surprised and he wanted to just make sure that it wasn't giving me pause.” Pitts: “It gave you none at all?” Khan: “None whatsoever. As a matter of fact, if it was possible for me to be more determined, it gave me more determination” (“60 Minutes,” CBS, 10/28).
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