TheSportingNews- The Jaguars are looking to expand their footprint in London by building a permanent practice facility in the UK's capital city.
According to London news site City A.M., Jaguars officials have informally discussed with local representatives proposals to build the facility near Wembley Stadium, which would make it easier for the team to prepare and travel to the site for future games.
The Jaguars have played in London every year since 2013 and are committed to playing there at least once a year through the 2020 NFL season. It's possible the facility could serve more than just the Jaguars: Jacksonville owner Shahid Khan could also make use of it for his London-based Fulham Football Club, a soccer team that is currently playing in England's Championship League.
The proposed facility also makes sense for the NFL, considering the league not only wants more games in the UK but is also considering creating a permanent London franchise. The league has a slate of four London games in 2017 alone, with the Jaguars set to take on the Ravens in Week 3 or 4 next season.
Do we think that the Jacksonville Jaguars know they are being prepped to Unite the Kingdom with one NFL rooting interest? Do they just think they are in an ongoing fling with London? I got to be honest, building a training facility overseas feels like the equivalent of the classic "I'll just leave an outfit or two here because it's more convenient". I don't know how long it's going to take, but I get the impression that one day they are going to wake up to the distinct smell of tea and crumpets and come to the "oh shit, I live here now, don't I?" realization.
It's like they are being eased into eventual deportation. I've never been through it, but you know there's always that one guy at the office that is increasingly asked to do work off-site until the new site has basically become his full time work space and it somehow happened in such a way that it doesn't even feel like a huge change. Assuming they would rather remain in South Florida rather than moving due North of France, the Jacksonville Jaguars are basically getting the 'Milton' treatment. I hope no one takes their metaphorical red stapler, because that moment of clarity could result in some fireworks. I don't know if this means anything more than the Jaguars wanting to have a piece of home away from home, but it does seem like they are being groomed to play in a new home with grass that's as moist and unreliable as the grey skies that frown down upon it at 9AM Eastern Standard Time.