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Jaguars owner Shahid Khan in talks to buy Fulham F.C.

Jaguars owner Shahid Khan could be looking to expand his portfolio of teams, but this time across the Atlantic.

Al Messerschmidt

Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shahid Khan is reportedly in negotiations to buy Premier League club Fulham F.C., according to The Daily Mail.

Khan would not be the first NFL owner to get his hands on a Premier League club. The Glazer family, who owns the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, also owns European giant Manchester United. St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke owns Arsenal, and Cleveland Browns owner Randy Lerner owns Aston Villa.

Perennial Premier League clubs are money-making machines, so it makes sense why an NFL owner would want to get in on the action. Fulham has never really challenged for the Premier League title, but they've stayed in England's top league for over a decade now, and have become a relatively steady and dependable presence in the middle of the pack.

The Jaguars have been the subject of silly relocation rumors since before Khan bought the team in late 2011, and this will certainly do nothing to quell those rumors. The Jags have also committed to playing several regular season games in London, and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has done little to hide his desire to eventually place a team there. However, let's talk about why this news doesn't mean the Jaguars are leaving Jacksonville for London.

1. The Daily Mail has a well-earned reputation for, let's say... specious reporting. It's entirely possible that this report is 100% false, and Khan hasn't talked to anyone.

2. The Jags get dinged (somewhat wrongly) for low attendance, but the Bucs, Rams, and Browns all have lower attendance than the Jags do. Doesn't that, plus their owners' connections to England, mean those teams are moving across the pond first?

3. If you thought people complained a lot about short weeks before Thursday night games, can you imagine how much teams will howl if they get stuck in a division including a team in London? The logistics aren't as far-fetched as they once were, but they're still a big issue.

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