JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Jacksonville owner Shad Khan says the Jaguars are only focused on the one game a year the NFL wants his team to play in London the next four years.
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However, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell recently said the league could ask the Jaguars to play two games a year in London. Khan said Wednesday in first public comments since Goodell suggested possible multiple London games that he is “going to cross that bridge when we get to it.”
Last August, Khan and the NFL announced that the Jaguars would play one home game a year in London for four consecutive years starting in 2013.
Khan was on hand for the Jaguars announcement that the team and the city of Jacksonville would combine on a $63 million project to put new massive video scoreboards in each end zone for the 2014 season. Each would scoreboard will be 55 feet high and 301 feet wide, making them the largest of their kind in the world, according to the Jaguars.
The scoreboard in Cowboys Stadium is 71 feet high and 159 feet wide, and is currently the largest of its kind.
Khan was asked after the scoreboard announcement if he was disappointed to hear Goodell’s statement about the Jaguars possibly playing two games a year in London.
“What we’re focused on right now as a team is four games in London for the next four years,” Khan said. “That’s very important to us. I think everyone needs to understand playing games in London is very, very important for Jacksonville, it’s very important to this franchise. We need fans, we need more corporate sponsors. Jacksonville is excellent in fan support, great facilities that we’re going to have. We don’t have enough corporate sponsors.
“London is the missing piece but right now, our focus is the next four years with one game.”
When pressed on the issue of Goodell making his statement, Khan praised the NFL commissioner.
“Roger is absolutely a great commissioner. I think he’s doing a fabulous job and I would do anything and everything to support him,” Khan added.
But Khan wouldn’t provide an answer as to whether he would turn down a Goodell request to play a second game in London.
“Whether it makes sense, there are a number of constituencies,” Khan said. “We want to do the right thing for everybody.”