Jags May Start Looking to Play Some Home Games in Orlando

With the Jags having major issues selling out games and selling tickets, today’s Orlando Sentinel reports that the team may start playing home games in Orlando:

Wayne Weaver, the owner of the financially strapped Jacksonville Jaguars, can envision a day not too far down the road when Orlando could become his team’s second home. We’re not just talking about the current setup where Central Florida is designated as a “secondary” television market for the Jaguars. No, we’re talking about the Jags actually coming to Orlando to play football games — real live regular-season NFL games. In a recent interview with the Sentinel, Weaver said the NFL is likely to add two games and go to an 18-game regular season within the next three years.

If it happens, Weaver, whose team is already struggling mightily to sell tickets in Jacksonville, is keeping a watchful eye on football-starved Orlando as a place where he could play games and grow his fan base. “There’s certainly the possibility that we would play some out-of-market games,” Weaver said. “If it happened, Orlando would be the best option and most reasonable location. “In the past, we have reached out to try and cultivate that market and haven’t had as much success as we would have liked. We probably need to do a better job. That’s a given. We are looking at a long-term strategy and thinking out of the box on how we can build a fan base in Orlando.”

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