JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - As a persistent rumor that the Jaguars are done with Jacksonville and will head west seems to grow, the team's owner reiterated Wednesday that won't happen.
The company that is building a new stadium 25 miles east of Los Angeles has said it is targeting one of seven NFL franchieses and named the Jaguars and the Buffalo Bills as the most likely teams to move because they are in small markets with little earning potential.
The Jaguars have struggled for years to fill Jacksonville Municipal Stadium and had all but one of this season's home game blacked out on local television.
The Bills, meanwhile, have been playing some home games in Toronto in an effort to expand their market.
"Jacksonville and Buffalo are two teams in very, very small markets," said John Semcken, managing partner of Majestic Realty Co. "They are teams that have either outdated stadiums or are having trouble filling their stadiums or both."
Jaguars majority owner Wayne Weaver and Bills owner Ralph Wilson have steadfastly dismissed any suggestion they will sell or move their teams.
On Wednesday, Weaver's office told Channel 4's Jim Piggott that "The team's not for sale. This news doesn't change anthing. There's nothing more to say."
Semcken said the other teams they might pursue also include the San Francisco 49ers, San Diego Chargers, Minnesota Vikings, St. Louis Rams and Oakland Raiders.
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