In huge potential news for the future of the NFL in the UK, Jaguars owner Shahid Khan is reportedly set to buy Wembley stadium from the FA.
The deal is set to come close to £1 billion and could pave the way for the Jaguars to move to London in the future.
Khan, who also owns Fulham, is offering £600 million up front for the stadium and the FA could net up to £400 million in future match day revenue from the proposed deal.
The NFL's international series has seen games played at Wembley for a decade now, and rumours over a franchise permanently moving to London seemingly increase in volume year-by-year.
This significant deal is the largest indicator yet that an NFL franchise could move to the UK, and it's possibly the first time anything tangible has happened to suggest that an owner believes the time for a move is nearing.
It also means huge potential changes to England's national football games, with Khan stipulating that NFL games will take priority over the national team in some cases.
The plans will see the FA keeping Wembley as the main home for major matches and the FA Cup final, but autumn internationals may now be taken on the road around the country.
The offer from Khan was only received this morning and a long process of consideration is expected to be undertaken. Thus, nothing will change in the short term regarding fixtures.
Khan's plans to move the Jags over to London would need approval from all of the other 31 NFL owners in order to go ahead.
In response to the bid from the Fulham and Jaguars owner, NFL Executive VP of events and international Mark Waller released the following statement:
"We are very happy for Shad Khan and the Jacksonville Jaguars. The potential purchase of Wembley Stadium is a further powerful sign of their commitment to the UK and their vision to help us grow the sport. Having stadium options in London has always been critical to the NFL and, in tandem with our 10-year partnership with Tottenham Hotspur, this new relationship would allow for even greater flexibility in scheduling future NFL games in London."
The fan base in the UK has never been bigger, nor has the thirst for the game, and this is an enormous step in the right direction in terms of bringing the NFL to London on a permanent basis.
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