Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan confirmed on Friday that he purchased the English football club Fulham. This comes about one year after Khan bought the Jaguars.
This isn’t the first owner already affiliated with an American sports team to buy a Premier team in England. In fact, Khan is the sixth owner to do so out of the 20 teams in the Premier League.
The Premier League approved the deal between previous owner Mohamed Al Fayed and Khan for the football club on the southwest side of London on Friday, but the official announcement will be made Saturday. The financial details of the sale have not been released.
“I do not view myself so much as the owner of Fulham, but a custodian of the club on behalf of its fans,” Khan said according to NBC Sports. “Fulham is the perfect club at the perfect time for me.”
Perfect for what?
Many Jacksonville and NFL fans will begin to speculate on whether Khan plans to move the Jaguars to London. The team is already playing one home game a season in London for the next four years.
Also within the last week, the city of St. Louis announced they would not publicly fund a $700 million upgrade to the Rams’ dome. This will allow the Rams to break their lease with the stadium after the 2014 season.
Interestingly, Rams owner, Stan Kroenke, also owns a Premier League team in London: Arsenal. The Rams have also been mentioned in the discussion of teams that could move to London.
Perhaps, it is just a coincidence that both these men own teams in London and the NFL. John Henry owns the Red Sox and Liverpool, and he is not going to move the beloved Sox to England. But the Jaguars and Rams are certainly not the Red Sox.
The London media has also already begun speculating on whether Khan plans to move the Jaguars to London.
Not only does it seem more and more likely that London will get an NFL team, it appears there will be a race to be the team that moves across the pond.