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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: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2011 2:41 pm

Jaguars sold to Shahid Khan, staying in Jax

I just came back to Jax from San Diego, SD is very nice. But if you're there, it's a shame, you'd bring any city down. Jax is my home, if the Jags leave oh well.

Since: Dec 29, 2009
Posted on: November 29, 2011 2:36 pm

Jaguars sold to Shahid Khan, staying in Jax

Sorry The Bison you are way off base on your LA views. I lived in Anaheim from 1992 to 1998 and quite frankly no one gave a damn about the Rams and whether they stayed or left. To fill the studium free tickets were given to schoolkids, company employees, as store promos, etc (I was offered them by my company, but declined each time the Cowboys were playing at the same time on TV).
The team was referred to as the LA Lambs. No one, repeat No one shed a tear when the Rams left (many didn't even notice that they had left!).
The only person who fought to keep the team in LA was football agent Leigh Stienburg, who tried to convince corporations to buy luxury boxes and blocks of tickets, no one paid any attention to him.

If a team does move to LA I am willing to bet that within 10-15 years that team will be playing elsewhere.


Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2011 2:36 pm

Jaguars sold to Shahid Khan, staying in Jax

Written assurances to keep the Jags in town for how long?     The article does not say.  What type of assurance.    &
nbsp; Maybe the answer is the Jags will stay in town until the Stadium in LA is completed.    I am Baltimore, we have hear it all before.  

Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2011 2:31 pm

Jaguars sold to Shahid Khan, staying in Jax


Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2011 2:29 pm

Jaguars sold to Shahid Khan, staying in Jax

They are on tv week after week maybe not on a national level but they are so therfore get your facts straight, i thought a forum was suppose to be peoples opnions on the subject not just blurting out random opnions on YOUR city. Yeah Jacksonville is a lower class city it's basically one of the largest small towns. If you want to talk about home towns the people in Jacksonville are humble for the most part unlike the smug of southern california which you are just so happening to be showing off. I don't care about your wanna be facts and how you think that you know how it is over here. LA has already failed to hold a team and they already have several other teams in other sports where as Jacksonville just has the Jaguars and a few farm teams in other sports. If y'all want a team so bad move oakland or san diego, that's my OPNION

Since: Jul 22, 2007
Posted on: November 29, 2011 2:22 pm

Jaguars sold to Shahid Khan, staying in Jax

Gatorfan just because you love a city that is at best a 5th class city and can't deal with the facts that I'm sharing don't ask me to leave the forum.
All you've given is opinion, you've not backed up anything you';ve said with certifiable facts whereas I have given a mixture of opinion and backed up facts.
The fact is Weaver sold because he knows NFL football in Jacksonville is a losing proposition, the team reduced capacity at the stadium so it would be easier to make sure they stay on TV and many other times they've had to buy up blocks of tickets to keep from ebing subject to blackout
Go ahead, read that article in particular the final paragraph and tell me that the Jags are long for Jacksonville, it also backs up what i've said that football fans in Jacksonville don't support the Jags because if they did the team wouldn't have to go to the measures it has to keep them on TV week after week. 

Since: Nov 3, 2011
Posted on: November 29, 2011 2:19 pm

Jaguars sold to Shahid Khan, staying in Jax

Thank You, Jesus=)!!! Our prayers were answered. I'm sorry Jack, but the team is not playing up to your expectations as well as the fan based expectations, and you're the head honcho who supposed to pull it altogether. You know what will be messed up; If defensive coordinator/interim coach Mel Tucker wins the last five games remaining on schedule. HA HA HA!!!!!! I hope that Wayne Weaver or new owner Shahid Khan gives Tony Dungy a chance to come here and make the necessary changes. If not Tony, then I look for a younger coach with years of coaching/playing experience. And that coach is none other than Jay Gruden, who's the offensive coordinator for the Cincinnati Bengals and younger brother of former Tampa Bay/Oakland coach, Jon Gruden. You see, Jay used to play QB and head coach the Arena Football League's Tampa Bay Storm, and he was an offensive assistant coach under his brother for the Tampa Bay Bucs. He also has head coaching experience for the soon to be defunct United Football league's Florida Tusk. He can work with Blaine Gabbert and help make our offense better if you seen what he's done with rookie QB Andy Dalton in Cincinnati. I wouldn't mind if they go after Canadian Football League's head coach Marc Trestman of the Montreal Alouettes. But whatever they decide to do, as long as they keep Mel Tucker and the defensive staff because that's the only bright spot that we've seen improvement on this year, being ranked the #4 defense in the NFL the past four weeks now. As for Shahid Khan becoming the new owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars next year, all I can say is congratulations. I'm sure you will help bring our franchise back to prominence, and it's good that you've become the first minority to own a football franchise. I'm sure Khan's expertise can help bring a better net worth to the Jags since we've been ranked last the past 4-5 years.

Since: Jul 22, 2007
Posted on: November 29, 2011 2:15 pm

Jaguars sold to Shahid Khan, staying in Jax

LA is the #2 TV market in the country, the league wants a franchise there and if you think for a minute that LA fans won't embrace an NFL team remember that the only reason the Rams moved was because Carroll Rosenbloom died and his wife - Georgia Frontiere wanted to bring an NFL team back to her hometown of St. Louis who had lost the Cardinals when the Bidwills moved to Arizona.
She was moving back to St. Louis after Mr. Rosenbloom died and wanted to take the team with her.
They were playing at Anaheim stadium at the time ,were drawing plenty of fans and were BELOVED in the community!
Then Al Davis came to town with the Raiders, played at the Coliseum thinking that if he played there e ventually he'd get a free stadium for the Raiders to play in when that didn't happen he moved them back to Oakland where he though he would get a free stadium or one he could share with the A's all paid for by the citizens of Oakland.
The Raiders always had great crowds - attendance #'s wise, the fans who showed up were less than desirable and yes I know I'm generalizing.
With Farmers Field being built in downtown LA with a convention center being attached and hotels all around it you KNOW the league is going to make sure a team is there for it's opening, a team that will call it home no less!
An NFL team in LA will do very well, they always have the teams that caleld it home were not moved because of fan apathy but because of personal reasons with each of the respective owners.
Do UCLA & USC command a great deal of attention for sports fans in LA? absolutely!
Would an NFL team do well in LA - ABSOLUTELY!
You also get a team in the #2 Tv market which means ad revenue goes up, you have a solid place in LA for future super bowls and I don't know what's going on with Khan and his finances but if AEG gets it's hands on the Jags then the NFL will have a HUGE promotional partner going forward.

Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2011 2:11 pm

Jaguars sold to Shahid Khan, staying in Jax

Bison you are completely missing the point, just leave this one alone and go get on another forum that doesnt have to do with Jacksonville

Since: Jul 22, 2007
Posted on: November 29, 2011 2:05 pm

Jaguars sold to Shahid Khan, staying in Jax

I still go back to the NFL security aparatus who I'm sure have vetted this guy and if they haven't and this is true he will NOT become the owner of the Jags and the league will have to look for a new buyer because they have to let Weaver out of the fiduciary responsibility of owning the franchise which means the league will own the team until a buyer is found.
If that happenes look for AEG to swoop in, I'm surprised they haven't already, buy the team and move it to LA which works out for Weaver because he can say "I sold the team to a guy who said he would keep the team here but the league sold it to someone who had intentions of moving it" then he's off the hook for doing the right thing for the city and the league looks like the bad guy. 

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