Jags agree to yearly London 'home' game

Jacksonville to take over role from St. Louis beginning in 2013

Author: The Sports Xchange
Published On: Aug 21 2012 01:03:46 PM EDT   Updated On: Aug 22 2012 12:43:38 AM EDT
Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jaguars have agreed to play a yearly "home" game in London beginning in 2013, according to the Florida Times-Union.

The NFL had been seeking a replacement for the St. Louis Rams, who pulled out of the final two years of a three-year commitment to playing a home game in London beginning this season.

Jacksonville will take over that role beginning in 2013, with the annual game typically played in late October.

Former Jaguars owner Wayne Weaver resisted requests to play in London for fear of sparking rumors the franchise would move, but Shad Khan expressed an interest in the yearly overseas game upon purchasing the team last November.

Khan has stated his intention to keep the Jaguars in Jacksonville, while also trying to increase the franchise's profile.

"My message is you're not going to lose a home game," he told the Times-Union in July. "The home game is just going to be a little further away, across the water, across the pond."