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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell joined Khan for the announcement, which fittingly came on a gray, rain-soaked day in Jacksonville _ typical London weather. Goodell reaffirmed his commitment to expanding to multiple games in England and eventually establishing a franchise there.
“The big issue for us was finding a community that understood that this could be great for the community, wrap their arms around it and say this is a win-win situation,” Goodell said.
“I think if you make a commitment, you stick with it,” said Khan, who bought the team in November for $770 million. “To me, we’re all in.”
Khan added that he would consider playing more games overseas after the deal expires in 2016. He also acknowledged that the payoff probably won’t be seen immediately. He suggested that Londoners could fall in love with the Jaguars and decide to visit Jacksonville regularly. The ultimate goal, though, would be to have European companies spend millions in Jacksonville.
“If somebody builds a container port, if somebody makes an investment out of Germany or England or Netherlands and they chose Jacksonville, that would be a huge return from my viewpoint,” Khan said. “You could have people come here _ we’ve got beautiful golf, weather _ instead of vacationing in Miami or some place and they come up here and watch a game or two. That would be a huge return for me.”
Coach Mike Mularkey and cornerback Aaron Ross have made the trip before _ Ross with the New York Giants in 2007, and Mularkey with the Dolphins that year _ and both praised the fans and the experience they gained from making the trip.
“I know Shad’s been trying to have people recognize what’s going on here in this town,” Mularkey said. “I think this is a great opportunity to get it. Obviously going overseas, that’s making a statement.”
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