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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 CBSSports.com'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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Comments

Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2011 1:39 pm
 

Jaguars sold to Shahid Khan, staying in Jax

"he seems like a dirty business man"

racism 



Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2011 1:34 pm
 

Jaguars sold to Shahid Khan, staying in Jax

This dude will probably move the team, he seems like a dirty business man. It's gunna be sad to see the only thing North Florida has be taken away, and to all you people who think that Jacksonville is a "dump of a city" or never should have been given this team. I hope your car breaks down



Since: Nov 29, 2011
Posted on: November 29, 2011 1:33 pm
 

Jaguars sold to Shahid Khan, staying in Jax

Have you ever been to Jax??  Have you ever been to Los Angeles?? (Compton, Watts etc.)  Talk about a dump!  Try going to dogers stadium without getting shot at.  Nice city.  Oh, and San Diego, if you don't speak spanish you don't fit in.



Since: Jul 22, 2007
Posted on: November 29, 2011 1:29 pm
 

Jaguars sold to Shahid Khan, staying in Jax

Nothing was going to stop Modell from moving the Browns out of Cleveland.
He always had bad intentions from his firing of the man who the franchise was named for and who incidentally also happened to be one of the greatest coaches & Gm's in NFL history to his buying of Municipal stadium, trying to swindle it away from the city of Cleveland only to have it bite him on the backside when he didn't do an engineering study of the structure and built new construction on top of old and the satdium began to crumble.
He then wanted a new stadium with him paying nothing at all and the city stood up to him and said no, he moved the Browns claiming he wanted to make sure his family was set when he passed away well all he had to do was sell the team and that would have solved the problem right there.
What it was was him being angry at the city for not giving into his bullying tactics and also the state of Maryland & city of Baltimore handing over a free stadium to him so he moved the team.

 



Since: Oct 15, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2011 1:25 pm
 

Jaguars sold to Shahid Khan, staying in Jax

lol...sorry dude...your beloved bolts are blacked out way more than we are...last  year the league set a record for blackouts...the Jags had none. this year with double digit losses looming...still no blackouts. Try again.



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2011 1:24 pm
 

Jaguars sold to Shahid Khan, staying in Jax

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.
Actually, if he did, Freeman's report conflicts with the Florida Times-Union and other sources, which say Weaver did not receive it in writing that Kahn would keep the Jaguars in Jacksonville.

They're gone. As we saw with Seattle to Oklahoma City, you can't stop a move once you sell the team.



Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2011 1:16 pm
 

Jaguars sold to Shahid Khan, staying in Jax

Jacksonville hasn't had a blackout in two years so that's not accurate in your comment.  Also, their attendance has been up this year above 2010 which is a sign of improvement.  We shouldn't forget that Los Angeles is a city about 10 times the size in population of Jacksonville and they couldn't get people to their games when they had two teams to cheer for.  Not exactly an endearing sign to move. 




Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2011 1:15 pm
 

Jaguars sold to Shahid Khan, staying in Jax

Jacksonville never should've been awarded a franchise anyway. It was an experiment to see how well a small market other than Green Bay would handle an NFL team.

St. Louis should've been awarded the franchise. That means the Rams MIGHT have moved from Anaheim to Baltimore, preventing (or at least delaying) the Browns from leaving Cleveland.
And then the Browns would have moved to Los Angeles. It wouldn't have delayed a thing.



Since: Oct 15, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2011 1:15 pm
 

Jaguars sold to Shahid Khan, staying in Jax

Doing pretty well for a small market team...with no nation wide draw like the Packers....2009 was the only year we had scattered balckouts....economy + average team did us in....no blackouts since or before....despite this patetic team.



Since: Nov 29, 2011
Posted on: November 29, 2011 1:10 pm
 

Jaguars sold to Shahid Khan, staying in Jax

The Chargers are a healthy franchise and should stay where they are.  Florida doesn't need 3 teams and Jacksonville is the perfect candidate to eventually move to LA (since the NFL has stated they want a team there).  


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