We have reached draft day for the 32 clubs with the opening round of the 2018 NFL Draft starting at 8 p.m. Eastern tonight. However, other NFL and worldwide sports news is still breaking, fast and furious, and it is relevant to the NFL in our state.
Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan released a statement Thursday morning that he is attempting to purchase London’s Wembley Stadium, which is not only one of the premier facilities for soccer and all sports in England, but also all of Europe. It’s also been the home to the NFL “International Series” games, including the Jags’ ones, for over a decade.
Khan, who also owns the Fulham Football Club in the English Premier League, released a statement about his intent to try to purchase Wembley:
Owner Shad Khan issues a statement regarding Wembley Stadium.https://t.co/08s8D9qA4r
— #DUUUVAL (@Jaguars) April 26, 2018
There has long been speculation that the NFL wants to place a team permanently in London, and that the Jaguars with Khan’s connection to owning Fulham and also a long-term agreement to play Jaguars games there, would be the logical choice.
It is interesting the Khan makes direct reference in his statement that “the games the Jaguars play at Wembley are essential to the financial stability of the Jaguars in Jacksonville, which is one of the smallest markets in the NFL.” The Jags have played a home game at Wembley in each of the last five years, and will play the Superbowl champion Eagles there in October.
And another important is that Khan is bidding on Wembley, but has not successfully won the purchase of the stadium, as of yet.
Also, It’s curious timing that Khan would choose to publicize this information, when there is so much attention in and around the draft coming tonight.
Then again the argument to be made, that it’s the perfect time for maximum publicity.
We will find out if the billionaire owner of the can pull off the purchase of Wembley Stadium, and what will that mean for the future of the NFL in Jacksonville?
Right now we don’t know.
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