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Source: NFL's Jaguars to play some home games in London

Team is expected to announce Tuesday its plan to play four home game in London, one each season starting in 2013.

August 21, 2012|From Wire Reports
  • Jacksonville Jaguars will play four home games in London, one each year between 2013 and 2016.
Jacksonville Jaguars will play four home games in London, one each year… (Bill Haber / Associated…)

A person familiar with the situation said Monday that the Jacksonville Jaguars will play multiple home games in London beginning in 2013.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the NFL and the team are waiting to announce the deal Tuesday in Jacksonville. The person said the Jaguars will play four home games in London, one each year between 2013 and 2016.

New owner Shad Khan has made it clear he wants to play games overseas in hopes of increasing the team's brand globally. He even mentioned it during his introductory news conference last year.

TheSt. Louis Ramshad been scheduled to play a home game in London in 2013 and 2014, but they pulled out last week, citing a need to focus on lease negotiations and ease fan discontent.

Jacksonville wasted little time scooping up the available games — plus some.

"The NFL is going to be developing an international fan base. Why shouldn't it be the Jaguars?" Khan said in December. "In all honesty, internationally, they don't know the difference between the Jaguars and the Steelers."

Khan said the reason former owner Wayne Weaver had been reluctant to play in London was because of "moveophobia," the fear that fans would take it as a sign that the franchise was in jeopardy of relocating. Khan is so confident things will work in Jacksonville that he has no concerns about playing overseas.

"I'm very open," he said last year. "I think it would serve Jacksonville well to play a game or two overseas, to get the name Jacksonville out. If you look at some of the international Premier League teams, they have a huge fan following overseas in the Middle East, India, Pakistan, Malaysia, etc.

"I think the NFL, in the long run, will probably be doing something like that. Why shouldn't we be one of the flag carriers?"

Although the Jaguars haven't blacked out a home game since 2009, they have struggled to fill EverBank Field the last two seasons, often needing to find creative ways to sell tickets to keep games on local television.

Playing in London or elsewhere would lower season-ticket prices and possibly improve the chances of enticing new fans in a tough economy.

Jake Locker to be Titans' starting quarterback

The Tennessee Titans have selected Jake Locker as starting quarterback over veteran Matt Hasselbeck, choosing to wait no further to play the quarterback they drafted with the eighth overall pick in 2011 for their future.

Coach Mike Munchak announced the decision, saying Locker's time is now in giving the Titans their best chance to win the AFC South.

The Titans had let the quarterbacks compete, with each starting an exhibition game. Munchak says Hasselbeck was way ahead of Locker last season. But Locker caught up and won the job this season with his ability to move the team and score points.

Ryan Tannehill is selected Dolphins' starting quarterback

With his NFL debut still more than two weeks away, Ryan Tannehill can already boast of an achievement unprecedented among Miami Dolphins quarterbacks: He won a starting job in his first training camp.

New Coach Joe Philbin gave Tannehill the job, meaning the Dolphins will have a rookie quarterback start a season opener for the first time when they play at Houston on Sept. 9. Tannehill beat out Matt Moore, who started the final 12 games last year.

"It was a close competition," Philbin said. "You're trusting your instincts in terms of what's in the best interests of the team. … We like a lot of things about Ryan. He has a chance to be a very good player."

Tannehill, who played at Texas A&M, was drafted with the eighth overall pick, which made him the first quarterback selected in the opening round by the Dolphins since Dan Marino in 1983.

Tannehill didn't talk to reporters after the announcement.

Colts' Austin Collie diagnosed with concussion

Indianapolis Colts receiver Austin Collie has been diagnosed with at least his third concussion in less than 22 months.

Coach Chuck Pagano said Collie returned to the team complex and "felt good," but the team would not use him again until he was cleared to play by the team's medical staff.

Collie sat out seven of the final eight regular-season games in 2010 season after suffering two concussions. He suffered the latest one in the team's 26-24 loss to Pittsburgh on Sunday.

Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks works out

New York Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks practiced for basically the first time since the Super Bowl champions opened training camp in late July.

Nicks was taken off the physically unable to perform list last week. The four-year veteran made a nice catch against cornerback Corey Webster in a seven-on-seven drill and caught a touchdown on a fade pattern during a late two-minute drill.

Neither Nicks nor Coach Tom Coughlin would speculate whether Nicks would play in either of the final two exhibition games.

Chiefs linebacker Tamba Hali is suspended

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