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Shahid Khan's four-year London plan for his team might not stop at four years
Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shahid Khan is trying to establish his team as an international brand, having already set his team up to play in the NFL's annual London game from 2013-'16. Now, Pro Football Talk writes that Khan's grand vision might coincide with the NFL's desire to play additional regular-season games internationally.
Khan, in an interview with British site the Mirror, said the Jaguars' next four games in London will help decide whether fans are ready for more than one London game:
"In the course of the next four years we'll see if the fans are ready for more than one game. Time will tell. We know the London fans are sophisticated and hardcore and they want the real sport."
PFT suggests, however, that the NFL won't wait four years before deciding whether to add a second overseas game, be it in England or Ireland, possibly as soon as next season. And Khan apparently has a plan in mind that would see the Jaguars playing multiple games internationally:
"If you think about it, London is no further from the East Coast teams that San Francisco is," Khan said. "There is no geographic issue. Teams used to get on trains to in the Midwest to play West Coast teams and that was a longer journey than London would be."