Goodell Assures Jaguars Fans Team Will Stay In Jacksonville If Support Continues
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Thursday night prior to the Colts-Jaguars game conducted a fan forum with a group of Jaguars season-ticket holders and “assured the fans the team will remain in Jacksonville as long as the fans support it,” according to Vito Stellino of the FLORIDA TIMES-UNION. Goodell said when fans support their team, they "take that (possibility of a move) out of play." Goodell: "You guys do (support the team). A very passionate fan base. That’s the critical thing. You’re always going to have those rumors. People say we’re going back to Los Angeles. It’s been 17 years. There are a lot of things out there. You guys do your part. We've got to do our part. The business community has got to do their part. We've all got to do our part to make sure this team stays here and stays successful here.” Jaguars Owner Shahid Khan on Wednesday said that the team has “moved up to 21st in ticket sales." Additionally, team President Mark Lamping "told the fans the Jaguars have the lowest ticket prices in the league.” Goodell said of the Jaguars' commitment to participate in the NFL Int'l Series for the next four years, "We don’t want to make them a London team. What we’re doing is our international people want to look and evaluate would it be more popular and easier to sell tickets if there was a team that was looked at as being the home team” (FLORIDA TIMES-UNION, 11/9). In Jacksonville, Gene Frenette wrote, “Say this much for the Jaguars: When it comes to delivering a bad season, they do it up right.” The Jaguars have “no playmakers, no win in two months, and no foreseeable light at the end of the tunnel” (FLORIDA TIMES-UNION, 11/9).
THURSDAY'S CHILD: Goodell said that the NFL is “looking at whether home teams have too much of an advantage on Thursday night games.” The home teams are 6-2 this year, and "are 29-14 on Thursday night games" since the NFL Network started televising them in '06 (FLORIDA TIMES-UNION, 11/9).