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Jaguars sold to Shahid Khan, staying in Jax

Posted on: November 29, 2011 11:06 am
Edited on: November 29, 2011 11:58 pm
Posted by Will Brinson

It's just another run-of-the-mill NFL news day in Jacksonville, Florida on Tuesday. First, Jack Del Rio was fired this morning, and now's Mike Freeman is reporting that the Jaguars franchise are being recently sold (employees were informed on Tuesday morning) to auto-parts mogul Shahid Kahn ... but the team will reportedly remain in Jacksonville.

Oh, and Jags general manager Gene Smith received a three-year extension. So, yeah, nothing much going on in north Florida today.

Obviously the JDR news broke this morning, but before we could even put together a list of coaches who might replace Del Rio, word started swirling that the Jags were being sold.

Kahn, a Pakistani businessman and owner of Flex-N-Gate, will buy the Jaguars after an unsuccessful attempt to purchase the Rams in 2010 when minority shareholder Stan Kroenke exercised his right to match Kahn's bid for the team.

Previously, the Jags have been considered one of the top candidates for relocation to Los Angeles if/when an NFL stadium is ready to be filled, but Freeman reports that Weaver received written assurances from Kahn that he would keep the team in Jacksonville. Weaver wouldn't confirm those assurances in his press conference however and Kahn did not address them in his statement.

Jack Del Rio Fired

"I am honored to have recently signed an agreement with Wayne Weaver and his partners to purchase the Jacksonville Jaguars,” Khan said. “I have known Wayne for some time and have long admired his spirit, which nearly 20 years ago – against all odds – helped make the Jaguars and the National Football League a reality for Jacksonville and North Florida. Wayne’s legacy will be lasting, and I will always be grateful for Wayne’s trust and confidence in my commitment to the Jaguars, the NFL and the people of the Jacksonville community."

Shortly after chatter about the sale exploded, word broke that Smith received his extension this morning, and if you think about it, the timing of the whole shebang kind of makes sense.

Del Rio was canned by the regime (Weaver) that hired him, ensuring that the new owner's first act won't be to fire a head coach. Then the news leaks that the team's been sold and the employees have been informed. Whether or not the team will move is irrelevant for the moment, because it's important that the Jaguars maintain a semblance of stability to employees and fans.

The report that states the team will remain in Jacksonville does just that. And, finally, speaking of stability, Smith's presence over the next three years provides stability to an organization that will be looking for a head coach and determining whether or not Blaine Gabbert is the future of the franchise at quarterback.

And yes, since Smith drafted Gabbert in the 2011 NFL Draft, it's a safe bet he stays on as the franchise quarterback. Whether fans like him or not, that news probably comes as a little bit of relief, if only because it means there's some stability in Jacksonville on this hectic day.

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Since: Oct 17, 2009
Posted on: November 30, 2011 7:16 am

Jaguars sold to Shahid Khan, staying in Jax

LongIsland333 and Bulls4life....  You have no idea who or what I am.  I have spent 8yrs working overseas and currently am in Afghanistan.  The Pakistani people are two faced and backstabbers.  I don't give a RATS Butt if he came here when was 12.  Pakistani's have no loyalty and are two faced.  I have no doubt his goal is to ruin our sport.   As one poster put it.  If Rush Limbaugh cannot own a team.  Scumbags like this shouldn't either.

FYI, I said nothing about Muslims, I said Pakistani.  Just remember when one of your sons or daughters is killed over here by an IED know that over 80% of the Nitrous Oxide (fertilizer) that is used in making these bombs comes from Pakistan.  Though pressure to control from our government falls on deaf ears.  Or how about Bin Laden LIVING in Pakistan for years under the Pakistani protection all the while Pakistan accepts our money.  Why do you think we went in without letting them know.  Had we told them, they would have warned him. Sorry if you feel my hatred of Pakistani's falls because of the color of his skin.  It doesn't it has to do with Backstabbing NONE LOYAL,  ruthless people. Pakistani's show NO LOYALTY and I don't trust him. 

If you don't like it... Join the Military, come to Afghanistan and when one of your buddies gets tore up because of an IED made from material from Pakistan.  Maybe you will change your tone.

Since: Oct 3, 2007
Posted on: November 30, 2011 3:32 am

Jaguars sold to Shahid Khan, staying in Jax

Offensive racist comments aside, I will not defend some billionaire who 'worked hard to get there' and who may or may not be doing all he can to benefit his fellow American (1/2 his mfg plants are outside America). He certainly has not benefitted them with his latest 'investment'! This guy should be putting more Americans to work with his billions - and I don't mean as popcorn vendors ...

Cities should own professional sports teams. Players should play for a given city because they are drafted or want to live in that city and play with the other members of that team - not because somebody is willing to offer them a few million more. Citizens/fans of that city/team should be able to attend games affordably - not at a rate that is the equivalent of a week's vacation ...

To continue to support a culture that rapes the public blind and rewards juvenille mal-contents with CEO salaries is insanity! If the American Dream is to become a better billionaire than the rest of the billionaires than something has gone far astray ...

And don't believe for a minute that Mr. Khan will keep the Jags in J-Ville if 'the right offer' comes along ... and I'm also presuming that the new Mr. Jacksonville has been to Jacksonville at least once prior to puchasing the team (St Louis was his last 'fling' .. hmmm) ...

This out of control greed and absurd amounts of monies involved regarding 'people playing games' makes it a real challenge to continue to be a fan and love sports for its heart & soul!

Since: Oct 13, 2007
Posted on: November 30, 2011 1:00 am

Jaguars sold to Shahid Khan, staying in Jax

Even in the photo, the upper deck has sections tarped off.  That team needs to move pronto!  No sellouts, and a team without a rich history anyway.  make the move!!  Change name to "Stars" ... the LA Stars.  or "The Hollywood Stars. " 


Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: November 30, 2011 12:07 am

Jaguars sold to Shahid Khan, staying in Jax

Kinda surprised by this news considering that a lot of insiders consider them a good candidate for moving to LA. I guess LA will just have to continue to wait.

Your crazy if you think the Jags will stay there just because that is what the ownership says. See 1984 Colts or Wayne Weaver just a few months ago. I bet this would really stir up the Jag fanbase if it had one. 

Since: Apr 23, 2010
Posted on: November 29, 2011 11:59 pm

Jaguars sold to Shahid Khan, staying in Jax

Shahid Khan's ownership will help the Jaguars, but will hurt the NFL and football in general. He'll pump millions into the team and will likely make them a strong contendor, scooping up big name free agents with ridiculous contracts. He'll basically buy their success, which I don't think Jaguars fans will mind considering their lack of success. Maurice Jones-Drew will likely be getting a BIG contract extension soon, which is really good for the Jags.

This will hurt the NFL in the same way foreign tycoon ownership is hurting English soccer. Teams like Chelsea, Manchester City, Fulham (to name a few) have been purchased by foreign tycoons with money to burn. They poach some of the world's best players and give them huge contracts. These teams, typically (not always Fulham), tend to stay in the Premiership and win most of their games, which helps them poach fans of smaller clubs, particularly lower-league or non-league sides. English soccer is quickly becoming defined by a handful of teams with loads of money, and less about an all-around competitive system where the game is enjoyed for fun, not billions of pounds in profit.

My two cents. 

Since: Nov 3, 2011
Posted on: November 29, 2011 11:39 pm

Jaguars sold to Shahid Khan, staying in Jax

Kinda surprised by this news considering that a lot of insiders consider them a good candidate for moving to LA. I guess LA will just have to continue to wait.

Since: Oct 2, 2007
Posted on: November 29, 2011 11:11 pm

Jaguars sold to Shahid Khan, staying in Jax

Thank you bulls4life, your response to davethepanther was well said and much nicer then what i had in mind!  People such as davethepanther, chopshop,WORLd, mowse and nonya disgust me and many others around this country and the world!  Nothing but ignorant diatribe spewed forth by people who hate with ignorance. Just because a person is Muslim doesn't make them bad.  Look what the Catholic church has done and we know not all Catholics are bad or evil! It's sad to think that in todays times people still can't be judged for their accomplishments and what they stand for but instead are judged for their skin color and religion!  Just know not everyone out there is as stupid as those I have mentioned above(based on what they wrote here)!

Since: Jul 5, 2011
Posted on: November 29, 2011 10:51 pm

Jaguars sold to Shahid Khan, staying in Jax

If the NFL approves this Jags sale, I will boycott the NFL!!!! If Limbaugh can't own a team, neither can this tax cheating Muslim!!!

Since: Oct 18, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2011 10:35 pm

Jaguars sold to Shahid Khan, staying in Jax

You are a true idiot.

Since: Nov 29, 2011
Posted on: November 29, 2011 10:30 pm

Jaguars sold to Shahid Khan, staying in Jax

This was directed at davethepanther by the way....

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