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  • NFL Jacksonville Jaguars Owner Says Team Could Add Second London Game

    The Jacksonville Jaguars will play in London for the fifth time this year.

    The NFL Jacksonville Jaguars are in year five of playing games in London, and the relationship is going "better than expected" -- to the point where adding a second regular season game there is not "out of the question," according to Eric Adelson of YAHOO SPORTS. Team Owner Shahid Khan said, "We've talked about that. There might be a time where it would make sense to play more than one game." He added, "That one game is almost 20 percent of our revenue." That is because the Jaguars "keep the gate from the London game," and Wembley Stadium at capacity brings in "a lot more revenue" for a "home" date than Everbank Field. Khan: "You have 80,000 tickets paying a higher price." The London series has had a "ripple effect not only for Khan and the team, but for the city of Jacksonville." Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Daniel Davis estimated that the London game has "brought 1,000 jobs to Duval County since the series began." He added that the city's relationship with Deutsche Bank, which has its U.K. HQ in London, has "catapulted" over the last several years. Davis: "Khan and the Jags have helped us in a way we could not have done without. Walking down Regent Street (in London) and seeing 'Jacksonville' on the signs is pretty incredible and I don't think you can put a price tag on that" (YAHOO SPORTS, 9/12).

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  • Franchise Notes: McLaren's Future Expected To Be Unveiled In Singapore

    McLaren’s split from Honda, and new partnership with Renault, "looks imminent and the rumor mill is grinding faster" as Formula 1 embarks on an Asian swing of races starting in Singapore this weekend. Sources said that negotiations had "progressed as expected and official confirmation was likely within days" (REUTERS, 9/11).

    An appeal to raise £75,000 ($99,615) to introduce safe standing at League One side Shrewsbury Town was extended. A crowdfunding scheme launched in August reached its deadline of Tuesday, with £48,000 raised. Fan group the Supporters' Parliament "wants the money to install about 400 rail seats in one area of the ground" (BBC, 9/12).

    League Championship side Sunderland’s women’s team will "no longer share training facilities" with the men’s first team at the Academy of Light and is set to move grounds. Stadium of Light execs "implemented the shift in response" to the Women’s Super League moving from a summer to a winter game and the women’s side "recently switching from full-time to part-time status" (London GUARDIAN, 9/12).

    Northern Ireland Football League Premiership side Crusaders' clubhouse has been searched by the Police Service of Northern Ireland amid an investigation into Ulster Volunteer Force criminality in North Belfast, with the club saying that it "cannot comprehend the actions of the police." The PSNI carried out seven searches on Monday (RTÉ, 9/12).

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