- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 4, 2020

The Jacksonville Jaguars announced they will play not one, but two home games in London in 2020 to become the first NFL team to play multiple games outside the U.S. in one season.

That leaves only six regular-season home games for local fans in north Florida. The team did not announce the opponents for the two London games, but did say the Pittsburgh Steelers and Chicago Bears, who are due to play the Jaguars next season, won’t be the London opponents.

In a statement to the team’s website, owner Shad Khan said he is “going to do whatever it takes to help the Jaguars and the City of Jacksonville to reach its full potential,” but emphasized the “importance” of playing home games in London.

“This isn’t about next season or the next few seasons in Jacksonville, but really about the next 10 years, 25 years and beyond,” Khan said. “There is no better time than now to capitalize on the opportunity to play two home games in London, where we will continue to develop our loyal and growing fan base there and throughout the UK, during a period in which I will be focused heavily on creating a new downtown experience (in Jacksonville) that we want, need and must have here.

“We have an exceptional opportunity right in front of us for Jacksonville to meet its potential and be the city I imagined we’d become when I arrived here in 2011. I am optimistic and believe it will happen.”

To account for the lost home games, the Jaguars announced ticket discounts that will result in “an overall average ticket price reduction of 5 percent.”

Reaction from Jaguars fans was swift and largely negative:

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