Jaguars' Khan Says Team Has Talked About Playing Second Regular-Season London Game
The Jaguars are in Year 5 of playing games in London, and the relationship is going "better than expected" -- to the point where adding a second regular-season game there "isn't out of the question," according to Eric Adelson of YAHOO SPORTS. Jags 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.” Khan said the team's one game in London account for "almost 20 percent of our revenue." Adelson notes the Jags "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 estimates that the London game has "brought 1,000 jobs to Duval County since the series began." He added 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” (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 9/12).
RETURNING HOME: In Jacksonville, John Reid notes the Jaguars today plan to return home after "remaining in Houston" following Sunday's win over the Texans due to Hurricane Irma. The storm "caused extreme surge levels on the St. John's River that led to flooding downtown and other parts of Jacksonville." The Jaguars still are slated to play Sunday against the Titans at EverBank Field (FLORIDA TIMES-UNION, 9/12). Jaguars coach Doug Marrone said that officials are "assessing damage" to the stadium and will then determine "whether the game will be played as scheduled" (AP, 9/11)