Contrary to earlier reports, the Jacksonville Jaguars may not host next year's meeting with the Green Bay Packers at Wembley Stadium.
The Green Bay Packers might not be headed across the pond in 2016 after all.
Contrary to earlier reports that Jacksonville were expected to host next year's meeting with Green Bay at London's Wembley Stadium, Jaguars owner Shad Khan and Packers president and CEO Mark Murphy are fighting to keep the matchup in Jacksonville.
I talked to Shad, and he expressed to me that he would be very reluctant to move a Packers game away from Jacksonville, Murphy said Monday, via ESPN.
The Packers have yet to play in London since the NFL started exporting games in 2007.
And for good reason.
Green Bay's loyal fan base constitutes the desire to keep an almost certain sellout crowd in Jacksonville, or any team"s home field.
We would love to play an away game [in London]. We"ve made the league aware of that, Murphy said.
"The challenge is that our fans travel so well to away games in the United States that teams are very reluctant to give up home games against the Packers.
Jacksonville's current four-year deal to play one home game each season in United Kingdom is set to expire next year.