Jaguars Leaving For Orlando? The Rumors Have Started!

  • turtleneckjoc...

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    May 11, 2014 6:10 PM GMT
    It didn't take long....only a few hours after our local guy, UCF quarterback Blake Bortles was drafted by the Jaguars, rumors are starting about prodding the team out of Jacksonville and having them relocate to Orlando.

    Makes sense--even to this Orlando resident! Here's some food for thought:

    The Jags play in empty Everbank Field (Gator Bowl). It's so bad, they have tarps covering the seats in the upper deck...

    jacksonville-jaguars_tarps-on-upper-deck

    On the other hand, the Citrus Bowl near downtown Orlando is undergoing a 200+ million dollar renovation and will look like this when complete before the end of 2014...

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    Also, the Orlando/Daytona Beach/Melbourne TV market is the largest (with LA being the exception) that does not have an NFL franchise. Orlando is ranked 19th, where Jax is number 47! Better TV revenues! Money talks.

    http://www.stationindex.com/tv/tv-markets

    Of course, if the Jags drafted someone other than Bortles, this conversation wouldn't even take place. Blake is the key figure in all this as he is a true local guy--he grew up in the Orlando area (Oviedo) and played here at UCF. We really love this kid!

    And there is something else to consider...sad as it may seem...Shahid Kahn, the Jags owner is a native of Pakistan--and Jacksonville is in a rather narrow-minded, conservative, slow-accepting part of our state. You do the math....

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shahid_Khan

    Jacksonville used to be a huge business hub for the insurance and banking industry in Florida, however, that all ended before the year 2000 with mergers and acquisitions. Now that book of business had fled out of state or to Orlando, Miami or Tampa. There just ain't much there anymore. They did not do a great job of replacing what was lost.

    Not long ago, Orlando would have to be content with with just an NBA franchise. Now we have one of the top arenas in the US and are also impressing the NHL brass for a hockey team here too. Our new soccer-only stadium will break ground soon and the city is just on fire these days and we'll also have a state-of-the-art venue for concerts, Broadway productions and more when the new Dr. P. Phillips Center For The Arts opens later this year.

    Now it's time for their football team to go--and we have the facilities here in Orlando. Let's do it. The Orlando Jaguars.

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    May 12, 2014 2:49 AM GMT
    You make many logical arguments for Orlando. But Jacksonville Jaguars has that nice double "J" sound in their name. Should they rename the team for Orlando? The Orlando Opossums? A fine native Florida animal. The Oranges? There's still lots of orange groves up there, and they'd be playing in the Citrus Bowl. Orlando Old Timers? Florida is famous for that demographic, of which I've sadly become a part. But might draw some new (old) fans to the team.
  • turtleneckjoc...

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    May 12, 2014 11:38 PM GMT
    Art_Deco saidYou make many logical arguments for Orlando. But Jacksonville Jaguars has that nice double "J" sound in their name. Should they rename the team for Orlando? The Orlando Opossums? A fine native Florida animal. The Oranges? There's still lots of orange groves up there, and they'd be playing in the Citrus Bowl. Orlando Old Timers? Florida is famous for that demographic, of which I've sadly become a part. But might draw some new (old) fans to the team.


    I would suppose if this were to come to pass, they will be the Orlando Jaguars and no need for them to change the team name. However, stranger things have happened (Cleveland Browns to the Baltimore Ravens).

    Lots of orange groves? Uhhhh....no! There are far more citrus growers in southwest Florida now than here. The freezes we had in the late 1980's killed tens of thousands of acres of citrus. Used to be when you drove north on the Florida Turnpike and entered into the rolling hills of Lake County, you could see groves for miles. Now all you see are subdivisions galore. Also, there used to be two orange juice processing plants north of Orlando in the town of Apopka. Now they are empty, rusting and crumbling buildings. The citrus industry is nothing here anymore as if it doesn't come from southwest Florida, it arrives from South America or California.

    Historically, there have been some real movers and shakers within the Central Florida Sports Commission (I would LOVE to serve on their Board of Directors one day) and these people have the push, pull and guts to make things happen. Art, you need to make a return visit here sometime just to feel the electricity of what is going on here.