The Jacksonville Jaguars might not be the best team in the NFL, heck they’re not even the second best team in their division. However, the Jags have one thing a lot of NFL franchises don’t, a good owner. For years, the Jaguars were one of the most inept franchises in the NFL, but since Shahid Khan bought the team in 2012, the fortune of the franchise has been trending in a positive direction. If you plan on betting on the Jags this season, check out our NFL betting odds for all Jaguars games.
Even though the Jaguars haven’t had a winning season since 2007, fans and NFL experts believe the franchise is on the cusp of making its return to the playoffs, thanks to Khan.
Since taking over the franchise, Khan has shown that he is willing to do anything to get the team back into the playoffs. The Jaguars owner has shown that he isn’t worried about spending money to improve the franchise.
After he bought the franchise, the biggest knock on the Jaguars was that their defense wasn’t very good. During the offseason, Khan spent money on free agents like Chris Clemons, Ziggy Hood and Red Bryant. Even though the moves didn’t pan out as hoped, it showed the rest of the league that the Jaguars have an owner that is willing to spend money to improve the team.
Spending on free agents isn’t the only thing Khan has done since buying the Jaguars. He also spent money renovating the stadium instead of complaining about how old the stadium was and trying to relocate the team, which several owners have done in recent years.
Khan could have been like other franchise owners like Paul Brown of the Cincinnati Bengals or former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, who used to be content with losing as long as their franchises were still profitable. Instead, he decided to do his best to make Jaguars fans want to watch their team play on Sundays.
At any point between the time he bought the team and now, Khan could have used poor attendance figures or the fact that EverBank Field was over 20 years old as an excuse to relocate the team. At one point, some NFL insiders believed he would move the team to London. But he stayed true to his word and kept the team in Jacksonville.
Khan’s investment in the team is already paying dividends. In Forbes’ recently released “Top 50 Most Valuable Teams,” Jacksonville was ranked 42, and was valued at $1.95 billion. What makes it more impressive is the fact that the Jaguars, who won only three games last season and haven’t made the playoffs in a decade, are worth more than Arsenal and Chelsea, two of the biggest soccer clubs in the world.
Even more impressive is the fact that Khan purchased the team for $770 back in 2012. Since he bought it, the team hasn’t won more than five games in a season, but he has managed to keep fans interested and grow the franchise’s fan base by agreeing to play at least one game in London every year.
Shahid Khan has made all the right moves since he bought the Jaguars, it’s just a matter of time before his efforts are rewarded on the field.