by Cole Pepper
Just six days after purchasing Fulham FC, Jaguars owner Shad Khan introduced the English Premier League soccer team to the city. The city has already shown a level of excitement for the move.
“I’m delighted to see the excitement to see the excitement in Jacksonville we saw over our Fulham announcement last week,” Khan said.
There are still questions about exactly how the two teams will work together, but all indications are that there will be a close relationship. Jaguars team president Mark Lamping has already been appointed to the board for Fulham.
“The link with the Jacksonville Jaguars is probably one of the most important things,” said Martin Jol, the manager of Fulham. “We would like to be successful hand in hand.”
Khan said that he believes that
“I think there is a lot of synergies for us. Specifically for Jacksonville, Fulham playing here,” Khan said. Next year around this time, we’re going to have a great venue. If you look at the eyeballs a typical Fulham game would have, three or four hundred million people watching. It really gives us a huge amount of upside to play [in Jacksonville], especially starting with the friendlies or the pre-season games.”
Khan sent out a letter to season ticket holders and sponsors reinforcing his plan and highlighting his commitment to Jacksonville.
“What happened with the London initiative last year, what happened with Fulham, everything is about revenue,” said Khan. “It applies to Fulham and its the same thing here.”
“I’ve been here a little over a year and I’ve talked to everybody–the mayor, city council, the man on the street and I think Jacksonville needs to have a higher profile to be successful long term,” Khan said. “Everything is about economic growth.”