Each year, the NFL has a number of regular season games which are played in London for the fans who love the game of professional American football. In the month of October, three games will be played in London. One game will also be played in Mexico City in November, showing that the NFL is becoming more of a global product. Now, it appears as if the appeal is really building up in London — and there is talk of the Jacksonville Jaguars calling Wembley Stadium their home.
While the team would still be based in Jacksonville, the Jaguars would play all of their home games — eight per year — in London. Shahid Khan, the owner of the Jaguars, could run into some tax issues if he were to try and make this move, but that’s something that he’s allegedly already looking into.
According to a report from the Daily Mail, there is the real possibility that Jaguars owner Shahid Khan will move his team there for all home games. His team of advisors is currently looking into how to limit the taxes that he will pay in the United Kingdom when the Jags play in Wembley Stadium.
While rectifying this problem could help Khan move the Jags, it could cause issues with future free agency periods. As detailed by Pro Football Talk, free agents would be subject to the higher taxes on large salaries in the U.K. — and that may make them think twice about signing.
Report: Khan exploring tax implications of playing in London, basing team in Jacksonville https://t.co/O5Z9VC7RwZ— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) October 11, 2018
Oddly enough, the Jaguars make more money for the games that they play at Wembley Stadium in London than those that they do in Jacksonville. Pro Football Talk reported that it wouldn’t make a ton of sense, though, to play all eight home games each year in London.
It would be feasible to split the home games between London and Jacksonville with four being played in each. This would help Khan bring in more revenue and also keep him from angering the Floridian fan base.
Jacksonville is already scheduled to play at least one of their home games in London each season for a number of years to come. It wouldn’t be out of the question for them to play two or even three more overseas each season — if it works out for the team and owner.
Shahid Khan is closing in on the purchase of Wembley Stadium, and it only makes sense that he would want his NFL team to play there more often. The Jacksonville Jaguars already regularly play one home game each season in London, and a couple more may encourage the growth of American football in the United Kingdom. While the idea of a full-time NFL team playing in London may be a bit of a stretch, it’s not out of the question.