And here we thought we were going to London to play the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2016. Not so fast, says Green Bay Packers president Mark Murphy.
Or, more accurately, not so fast, says Jaguars owner Shad Khan to Mark Murphy.
“The challenge is that our fans travel so well to away games in the United States that teams are very reluctant to give up home games against the Packers,” Murphy said. “We would love to [play in London]. In fact, I talked to Shad, and he expressed to me that he would be very reluctant to move a Packers game away from Jacksonville.”
Here’s what’s going on.
The Jaguars, who can’t sell out their own stadium, want the Packers to play them in Jacksonville because then they would get a rare sell out. The NFL, on the other hand, wants the Packers to play a game overseas because they’re one of the league’s biggest draws and have an international fanbase.
The NFL can’t take a home game away from the Packers because season ticket holders would burn the Ginger Hammer alive in his goddam Park Ave. penthouse.
The problem for the Jaguars is, they have a deal to play one game in London through 2016 and they don’t make the schedule.
Some of the Ginger Hammer’s minions make the schedule.
So you can see how this one is going to play out.
Now, that being said, we still imagine the conversation between Murphy and Khan went something like this.