After experimenting with the idea of playing abroad over the past five years, the NFL will be taking their global game to new heights in 2013, according to The Associated Press.
The Jaguars, who have never played in an NFL game internationally, have apparently agreed to play multiple home games in London beginning with the 2013 season. This will be the first time that there will be two regular season games played overseas since international competition first came about in 2005.
Shad Khan, an automobile parts mogul who bought the Jags franchise in November 2011, has made it quite clear since taking over that he is interested in increasing the team's brand globally. This seems to be the first step in that process and if it goes off successfully could even lead to the Jaguars relocating to London on a more permanent basis.
This isn't the first time that the idea of an international franchise has been broached in the NFL. The idea has at least been tossed around by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in the past, and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft has vocally advocated for an NFL franchise in London.
The St. Louis Rams, who are set to take on the Patriots at Wembley Stadium on Oct. 28, were originally scheduled to play games in London in 2013 and 2014. But the Rams pulled out of that agreement last week to work on a lease agreement at the Edward Jones Dome — their St. Louis home — and to ease some discontent among fans.