A recent report from Jacksonville.com highlights a bevy of topics that the Jaguars' President, Mark Lamping, recently spoke on.
For die-hard Jaguars' fans, three points will certainly come with some contention.
According to the report, Lamping said the possibility of two games in London after the current agreement expires after the 2020 season is real. And it could be two home games. If the Jaguars end up playing two home games across the pond, that would give local fans just six regular-season games in Jacksonville per year.
Lamping also talked about the Lot J project, which could begin groundbreaking as soon as this spring, but it will be a multi-year effort to complete the full vision. The issue here is that the Jaguars will look to complete Lot J before focusing attention on creating some sort of cover to provide shade for fans during the ultra-hot games in August, September, and October.
His final comment that is sure to draw the ire of the fans here in Jacksonville:
"To sit back and say winning is going to cure everything — not in this market."
I would point to the fan attendance periods of somewhat sustained winning (few and far between) in the franchise's history as evidence that Lamping is a bit off base with that comment.
While much of this news is undoubtedly alarming for the local fan base, some of Lamping's thoughts should provide peace of mind for fans.
"I can tell you there's no way the organization can sit here today and look at their fans and say we've delivered the type of product on the field you'd expect."
At least Lamping can recognize the team's failures on the field.
And in reference to some franchises that have relocated in recent years:
"They took actions that devastated fan bases. They took actions that devastated communities. Not on our watch, OK."
I'll leave you with this. Lamping believes that Lot J and other projects that are in the works will lead to a sustainable franchise in Jacksonville.
"to make sure we have a stable NFL franchise in Jacksonville for as long as you can imagine. That's the primary reason behind it. That's tied to the goal to have a vibrant downtown Jacksonville."
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