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Written By: Kyle Newton (@KNewt22)
Shahid Khan and Roger Goodell announced Tuesday afternoon in Jacksonville that the Jaguars would be playing one of their home games in London from 2013-2016.
First of all this move is an obvious home run for the National Football League, and their quest to expand the popularity of football. By putting the league least popular team over seas they are maximizing the potential for the English to embrace the team, since Jacksonville does not have a strong American identity yet. However the biggest positive is that the NFL was able to find a team that was willing to play in London for four straight seasons. This should give the London fans a sense that the Jags are their team and enhance their football experience. I think that by the end of the 2016 season the NFL will have a much stronger presence in England and be ready to seriously talk about expanding, if that is truly something that they want to pursue.
Look for Everbank Field to be packed yet again in Jacksonville in the near future (Courtesy ballparks.com)
The big winner in all of this is the city of Jacksonville and the Jaguars organization. The city of Jacksonville will without a doubt be on showcase to the world. The Jaguars have been promised that their London games will be broadcasted Internationally, giving the team some much-needed exposure. This exposure will also put the city on showcase and will make the business community in Jacksonville grow immensely. With larger businesses in the city, the team can sell more premium tickets to corporate accounts and better the teams image when it comes to filling the stadium. The city right now is looked at as the least popular team in the NFL, but by 2016 they should be looked at as the NFL’s favorite international team. Jacksonville will without a doubt get another bid for a Super Bowl very soon as a result of their International popularity from playing the London games. Also Jags fans should rest easy knowing that as long as the team is playing in London they will not move to L.A. I expect that by the end of the 2016 season the city of Jacksonville will no longer be looked at as a city unsuited to have an NFL team and the Jaguars will fluoresce for years to come.
Written By: Kyle Newton
Producer at ESPN Tampa Bay and a senior at the University of South Florida. Huge NBA and NFL follower. Catch me on facebook.com/kcnewton or on twitter @KNewt22
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