JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Jaguars owner Shad Khan said he expects to sign a long-term deal to continue playing annually in London.
If Khan gets his way, it will be a 14-year commitment.
Speaking at a kickoff luncheon Tuesday, Khan said he’s “optimistic, obviously, that we’ll have a renewal on (London) and it will go for a long time.”
Khan added he would like to see the contract extended until 2030.
The Jaguars are entering the third year of a four-year deal to play one game annually at Wembley Stadium.
“It’s been probably the No. 1 element to stabilizing the Jacksonville Jaguars,” Khan said. “Hard to believe it’s over, the four-year deal now. But I think it’s a critical part of our franchise to be able to play games there, get the recognition, build the fan base and get sponsors.”
‘DEFLATEGATE’ DECISION COMING SOON — REALLY: A New York judge reiterated that he’ll rule by Friday whether Patriots quarterback Tom Brady must serve a four-game suspension for “Deflategate.”
Judge Richard Berman issued a one-sentence order Tuesday saying he planned to rule by Friday whether the NFL properly followed its collective bargaining agreement with players when it suspended Brady for his role in using underinflated footballs in a playoff game.
OT MATTHEWS, LB REED TO SIT: Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn has ruled out left tackle Jake Matthews and linebacker Brooks Reed for this week’s preseason finale.
Matthews, the No. 6 overall draft choice last year, is sidelined with an injured back.
Reed, Atlanta’s top free agent signee with $9 million guaranteed, is nursing a groin injury and will get a second medical opinion.
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