Jaguars Owner Pulls Wembley Stadium Bid

Jaguars owner Shad Khan withdrew his bid to buy Wembley Stadium in England, according to a press release from the site’s owners. Evidently, Khan pulled the offer due to criticism he received in Europe.

Earlier this year, The FA received an unsolicited official offer from Shahid Khan to buy Wembley Stadium. It was a very credible offer and was given very serious consideration. Shahid Khan has informed us today that he will be withdrawing his offer to buy the stadium – and we fully respect his decision,” the FA said in a statement. “Mr. Khan believed that his offer to buy Wembley Stadium would release funds to help improve community football facilities in England and that it would be well received by all football stakeholders. At a recent meeting with Mr. Khan he expressed to us that, without stronger support from within the game, his offer is being seen as more divisive than it was anticipated to be and has decided to withdraw his proposal.”

Of course, the plan to buy Wembley Stadium also stirred up a bit of controversy here in the United States. Some reports claimed that Khan was planning to move the Jaguars from Jacksonville, Florida to London, England. The team has denied those types of claims for years, but Khan’s decision to pull out of the Wembley bidding may finally put those rumors to rest.

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    • Freddy H

      The current format of 3 games a year over there is fine as is, they dont need a team let alone players wouldnt want to be forced to live in England, let alone sign there.

      • Polish Hammer

        The current format of 3 games a year is 3 games too many. They don’t care about our sport and sucks for any fan base to lose a home game to a foreign venue. They had NFL Europe and didn’t care, so I see no need to give them NFL games.

        • jeb39999

          Getting drunk and watching some arsehole Americans play “football” for a laugh is probably a trend that won’t last in England. If they wanted a team they would have started their own by now.

  1. connfyoozed

    Any NFL owner who thinks that free agent players will want to sign with and play half of their games in London is delusional. I truly don’t think Khan ever intended to move the Jags there; the only testimony we’ve ever had that Khan planned to move them is from a disgruntled ex-employee.

    • JJB0811

      Khan has put in millions into the stadium. They have added a brand new amphitheater in front of the stadium and have live music before every home game. A stones throw from the stadium, Khan and Jax have been in long term talks to remove old docks from the ST Johns river and make a entire community including schools.

      Point being the Jags were an entry into a much bigger deal which really is developing Jacksonville w/ his name on it. Maybe he moves them, but outside of the Jaguars, he has shown his commitment and wallet to the city.

  2. Ashotswell

    How was fan attendance when the NFL played some in Mexico city? Could that be a possible move?

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