Jaguars Still at the Top of the List for Teams Most Likely to Move?

There’s been a lot of chatter over the last year about the future of the Jaguars playing in Jacksonville. The team is struggling in ticket sales, and it seems like they are the focal point when it comes to when a city talks about relocation. Today over at, there’s another interesting piece about the Jags moving. Here’s a portion of the piece:

Operating a successful NFL franchise in a small market isn’t as easy as the Green Bay Packers would have you believe. Just ask the Buffalo Bills – or, better yet, the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Oddly, Jacksonville — located approximately 25 miles south of the Georgia border and 340 miles north of Miami — is Florida’s most populous city. In fact, it’s the twelfth-largest city in the US. Why, then, is it considered a small market?

In 1968, the city annexed virtually all of Duval – the county in which it’s situated. While Jacksonville wins the population race in a lot of head-to-head city matchups, comparing it to a metropolitan area is more apt – at which point it tumbles from twelfth to forty-second.

Despite its meager size, Jacksonville made the NFL’s short list when the league announced its intention to expand by two franchises in 1992. The city had a longstanding love affair with pigskin – and the NFL’s top dogs knew it. Every year it hosts the Gator Bowl and nearby college football teams — the University of Florida’s Gators and Florida State’s Seminoles — are followed avidly, almost obsessively.

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One Response to “Jaguars Still at the Top of the List for Teams Most Likely to Move?”

  1. Jeremy says:

    Whatever census report resources its info, I can tell you it’s misconstrued.
    Let’s take a look at the 3 football cities in Florida and tenure.
    The Fins were established 1966, have 5 SB appearances and 2 SB titles. Miami has the Hurricanes which are supported like the Jags, fair weather. They are surrounded by dozens of populated cities, too many to name, that are within 1 hr driving distance to Joe Robi.
    The Bucs were established 1976, sucked for a long time, won a SB in 2001. Tampa has the same competition as the Jags, but they are surrounded by large metro areas like St Pete, Sarasota, Orlando, Clearwater and are all within 1 ½ drive of Raymond James Stadium.
    The Jags established 1996, 2 AFC Championship games, early success. Unfortunately for the Jags they have had to compete with the Gators, Seminoles and Bulldogs.
    Jacksonville, FL FACTS: The city is the largest city in the US according to land area. The population for the city of Jacksonville is misleading because of city boundaries. We have 1.2 million people within the City of Jacksonville and the beaches area (Duval County) which stretches from Jacksonville Beach west 50 miles and North/South 60 miles. If you’re familiar with FL then you’ll know that radius in Tampa and Miami encompasses millions of people.
    It’s evident the people in Jacksonville do not support the Jaguars. I’ve had season tickets for 8 years and will continue to support our team until they pack up and leave. We have 1 of 32 NFL franchises which is arguably the best entertainment product in America. Why are we not selling tickets? Last year we went from the Penthouse to the Outhouse and had a very inept receiving corp. A few bad apples and our team went south. This year is shaping out to be very exciting!
    It’s obvious to the NFL community that we’re on short list for relocating. Although it looks bleak, winning will cure everything and put butts in the seat. We have a great team, owner and a foundation of young NFL fans. Most people my age, mid 30’s, were brought up watching and following college football. I believe if you love college football then you should really love the NFL. But some of these people around here only bleed Blue/Orange and it will take the drafting of Tim Tebow to maybe put some additional butts in the stadium.
    We covered over 10,000 seats because the stadium was too large for our market. I think that’s a poor excuse because it was damn sure sold out when we first started. I digress.
    This town will be pushed 20 years back if we lose this franchise. If we lose this franchise then I hope we lose the FL/GA game. What will these people do, go to the annual Monster Jam?
    Loyal Jag Fan!

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