The second NFL game in London this season will be a showdown between the Jaguars and the Dolphins.
The first London game was played in 2007 between the Giants and the Dolphins. Since 2013, the NFL has brought at least two games per season to London, excluding the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Despite their 20 losses in a row and lost seasons since 2010 (excluding 2017), the Jaguars have played in London to the most of any team with seven appearances. They are 3-4 in their London history.
But why do the Jaguars play across the pond so many times, especially when the Packers still have to play London in one go? Here’s everything you need to know about the history of the Jaguars in London.
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Why do the Jaguars always play in London?
In 2012, Jaguars owner Shahid Khan signed a partnership with the English Football Association to play in London consecutively for four seasons. Wembley Stadium became their playing field when they played matches in London.
In 2015, Khan re-signed the agreement to extend their partnership until the 2020 season. Since neither team played in London in 2020, that contract expired without completion. There is no new contract as of now.
This year’s matchups will be played at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. While this is not the first time the NFL has played at this stadium, it will be the first time the Jaguars have not played at Wembley.
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Will the Jaguars play in London after 2021?
In April 2021, Khan and the Jaguars had not closed a deal with Wembley. When Khan signed the extension in 2015, he originally agreed to a 10-year contract until 2025. When that was shortened to five years, there was uncertainty about what would happen when the contract ended.
The English Football Association spoke to Sky Sports in April and admitted that the deal was still in the works.
“We remain in positive and ongoing discussions with the Jacksonville Jaguars regarding future games at Wembley Stadium, so we are not in a position to comment further. The FA maintains good relations with the NFL and the Jacksonville Jaguars having enjoyed more than a decade of hosting games at Wembley Stadium, “the statement said.
The NFL signed a new agreement before the 2021 season in which all 32 teams will play internationally at least once every eight years.
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Could the Jaguars eventually move to London?
Before last year’s pandemic, there was talk of the Jaguars permanently moving to London. The Jaguars openly rejected this rumor, but there is more speculation as his contract expired.
However, there are a few reasons that would make this move extremely difficult. For one thing, traveling for away games would be a nightmare for the Jaguars and any team that plays them in London. Also, fans attending the London games show up in every imaginable shirt. They are not likely to support any specific team; it’s pretty much for the experience of attending an NFL game. The Jaguars would take years to build a solid fan base overseas.
Additionally, the Jaguars have a lease with their Jacksonville stadium, EverBank Field, until 2030.
All-time results for the Jaguars in London
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.