N/S Jaguars Moving To London A Possibility (1 Viewer)

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Doesn't change the fact he's English.
Doesn't change the fact that I feel no more likely to root for him or his team.

I root for Alex because I know him a little and was coaching at his first ever introduction to football. That's a connection.

Blindly following a team just because someone spent a small portion of their life in the same country as you isn't a connection. In my opinion.
 

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There is a way around the logistics. A team can work in London. I just don't like seeing teams move.
Don't worry Nene, the London franchise myth is a ticket sales drive, nothing more. Same PR every year.
 

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Honestly it kind of makes more sense.
There are only 3 London games.
The jags have 8 home games, 4 of which are division games. You could have 3 of the non-division games be in London and that would make it more of a stable thing.
If they did it this way, it wouldn't be that big of a deal. Jags would have a huge advantage in these games though, unless they were spaced out evenly throughout the season.
 

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Doesn't change the fact that I feel no more likely to root for him or his team.

I root for Alex because I know him a little and was coaching at his first ever introduction to football. That's a connection.

Blindly following a team just because someone spent a small portion of their life in the same country as you isn't a connection. In my opinion.
There's 32 teams, all based in America. 90% of fans who have picked a team have no "connection".
What difference does it make? People won't shun a potential London franchise because it doesn't have any English players.

Regardless, the question was about English players in the league, which I answered.
 
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Honestly, I think they'll just change the name to the London/Jacksonville Jaguars and just play two or three games in London.
 

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There is a way around the logistics. A team can work in London. I just don't like seeing teams move.
Even if they could figure out the tax issues, travel issues, etc. they'll still be at a big disadvantage. You will absolutely have draft picks refusing to go play for them. Then you've got other competitive disadvantages like attracting coaches, getting top UDFAs to go there, signing FAs (especially mid-range guys who can't demand inflated deals).

It's the combination of all those things that makes it unworkable. Well, unworkable if they care about ever winning games at least.

Honestly, I think they'll just change the name to the London/Jacksonville Jaguars and just play two or three games in London.
This.
 

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There's 32 teams, all based in America. 90% of fans who have picked a team have no "connection".
What difference does it make? People won't shun a potential London franchise because it doesn't have any English players.

Regardless, the question was about English players in the league, which I answered.
I'd say closer to 90% of US fans have a much stronger connection than you think or understand, that being the team in question is often in their home town or state.

And while I don't agree with the premise that a naturalised American is inherently British because the NFL wants us to buy more Wembley tickets, I do agree that the 'home town player' element would make little difference over here. What percentage of Premier League teams have players in from their town or county, for a start?
 

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I'd say closer to 90% of US fans have a much stronger connection than you think or understand, that being the team in question is often in their home town or state.

And while I don't agree with the premise that a naturalised American is inherently British because the NFL wants us to buy more Wembley tickets, I do agree that the 'home town player' element would make little difference over here. What percentage of Premier League teams have players in from their town or county, for a start?
Sorry I was referring to British fans and their chosen teams.

As for the last question. How many clubs have English players full stop. And you can start to include the Championship in that now too.
 

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Sorry I was referring to British fans and their chosen teams.

As for the last question. How many clubs have English players full stop. And you can start to include the Championship in that now too.
Ahhh, that makes more sense.
 

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That would be really terrible for that already crappy division. IT DOOMS THE DIVISION! No one in the NFL is going to want to go to any of those teams, knowing they got a big time traveling episode to play the Jags. And what about the Jags? Talk about living out of a suitcase. Suppose they have a two string of road game, then a week home, then another road game, then a bye, then a road game...?? I'd be tempted to phone it in quick.
 

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My thoughts too, yet I’ve been thinking if any team goes it will be them. The shield wants a team there, badly. International growth and all.

I think that will be a harder sell (to the players of the team that goes) than door to door vacuum cleaner sales. 😁
B/C NFL Europe worked out so well.
 

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Oh I agree. I’m not an advocate of the potential move, just pointing out that they will want a team there and have wanted that.
They want to sell tickets there. There's a distinct difference. They're happy stringing along the UK fans for now with dreams of their own franchise, as they've done for about 10 years now.
 

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They want to sell tickets there. There's a distinct difference. They're happy stringing along the UK fans for now with dreams of their own franchise, as they've done for about 10 years now.

I don't think a there is enough of an interest in the NFL in Europe. Many Europeans hate anything American. Not saying all, but there is a very large anti-american sentiment over there.
 

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