Feb 5, 2020 - Sports

Jaguars to play back-to-back London games

Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Michael Walker (13) during the NFL game between the Houston Texans and the Jacksonville Jaguars on Nov. 3, 2019 at Wembley Stadium, London. Photo: Martin Leitch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Jacksonville Jaguars announced yesterday that they will play two back-to-back games at London's Wembley Stadium next season.

What they're saying: The news reignited speculation that the team could eventually move to London, but owner Shahid Khan fired back, saying this is intended to do the opposite: maximize revenue to help keep the Jaguars in Jacksonville long term.

  • "London games bring in twice the revenue of regular home games. This is NOT a first step toward relocation. It's the opposite: making sure the Jags stay in Jacksonville long term," a team source told ESPN's Trey Wingo.

My take: While I believe Khan wants to keep the Jags in J'Ville (why build a $500 million development if you're planning to leave?), I have a hard time believing the extra revenue from a second London game will be worth the damaged relationship with a fan base that just lost another home game.

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Why it matters: This home-and-away format represents a giant leap in the maturation of an esports league that eventually wants to look like the NFL, except on an international scale, according to Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision Blizzard, which developed the game and operates the league.

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NFL playoffs could expand to 14 teams under new labor agreement

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Why it matters: If finalized as part of the NFL's new collective bargaining agreement, this format change would mark the first playoff expansion since 1990, when the league went from 10 teams to 12.

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