Updating an earlier report on the Jacksonville Jaguars agreeing to play one "home" game per year in London, the Jags are committed there for the long-term. Four years in fact.
The team and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced Tuesday that beginning in 2013, the Jaguars will play one home game at Wembley Stadium in London per year through the 2016 NFL season.
“Our goal is to continue to grow the game, and this commitment by the Jacksonville Jaguars represents a major step forward in our international efforts,” Goodell said. “We have had a tremendously positive reaction to our sport in the U.K. and we’re excited that the Jaguars are seizing this opportunity to raise the profile for the team as well as the Jacksonville community. The NFL is committed to working with Shad Khan and the Jaguars in every respect to help them grow their brand and fan base through the NFL International Series and the many opportunities these games will offer.”
Khan added “The Jacksonville Jaguars will be a bold and ambitious NFL franchise. Playing a home game in London over four seasons is consistent with our vision to introduce and grow the Jaguars brand globally, and we're appreciative of the support from the Jacksonville business community to make this a reality and winning proposition for everyone. This is a priceless opportunity to share the business, tourism and lifestyle story of Jacksonville with international audiences, and I know it will give the Jaguars a unique and powerful identity within the league and beyond.”
The Jaguars are stepping in to fill the breach created when the St. Louis Rams backed out of their three-year commitment to London. The Rams travel there this year to play an Oct. 28 game against New England.
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