The talk about a future NFL franchise in London has gained steam ever since the increased influx of regular season games held in England. However, British media believe that a recent occurrence might indicate a team could be going across the pond.
Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan is attempting to finalize a deal to purchase Wembley Stadium. According to the Financial Times, the belief is that Khan, "
As Shad Khan tries to complete Wembley deal, British media suggest a Jaguars move https://t.co/O6xcVgAH7e— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) September 26, 2018
But there are still plenty of obstacles to overcome before this actually happens. In order to facilitate such a move, the league would have to agree on the premise of playing eight regular season games in London, as well as coming up with a travel schedule for potential opponents.
There's also the question if the team will keep their headquarters in Jacksonville, or if they'll move to London as well. Would the team hold training camp in London? Or will they keep it in Jacksonville?
In wake of the Shad Khan-Wembley news, here's my story from last week on why the #Jaguars say their dealings in London are not indicative of a desire to move the #Jaguars out of Jacksonville. https://t.co/3qYzg7NlmJ— Daniel Popper (@danielrpopper) September 26, 2018
And how would the Jaguars convince free agents to move to England, rather than play for a team in the United States? There are just more questions than answers.
This is all speculation, as the Football Association will meet on Thursday to discuss whether or not they will approve of Khan's $800 million purchase bid.
Until then, the London Jaguars are more fantasy than reality.