The Jaguars are back in London.
On Sunday, Jacksonville will face the Broncos for the third NFL game played in London this season. Tottenham Hotspur Stadium hosted the first two games, where the Vikings defeated the Saints and the Giants defeated the Packers.
For this Sunday’s game, American football will return to Wembley Stadium, which has hosted 23 NFL games in London since the league’s international series began in 2007.
The Jaguars are no strangers to playing across the pond, taking part in a league-leading eight games in London ahead of Sunday’s contest.
But why are the Jaguars always the team that plays in London? Let’s take a closer look.
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In 2012, Jaguars owner Shahid Khan signed a deal with the English Football Association to play in London for four consecutive seasons.
The Jaguars played at Wembley Stadium in 2013, 2014 and 2015, after which Khan re-signed the team’s partnership to continue playing in London until 2020.
“This is great news for the Jaguars and the stability of the Jacksonville squad, which has come to accept London as our home away from home,” Khan said in 2015 after signing an extension with the FA of football.
Jacksonville played one game in London from 2016 to 2019, but the coronavirus pandemic prevented the Jaguars from completing their contract, as no games were played overseas in 2020.
There is no new contract in place but the Jaguars will return to Wembley Stadium on Sunday to continue their long relationship with their UK fans.
There were rumors that the Jaguars might move to London when their owner, Khan, tried to buy Wembley Stadium in 2018. Khan eventually withdrew his bid for the stadium and the Jaguars in London rumor went be crushed after Chris Halpin, the boss of the league. strategy and growth officer, told Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer that the NFL is moving away from the idea of moving a franchise there.
In addition to the logistical difficulties of playing eight home games in London and eight road games in the United States, the Jaguars also have a lease with their stadium in Jacksonville, EverBank Field, through 2030.
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