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Few events are more American than the Super Bowl, but the big game will be moved overseas if one NFL owner has his way.

Last week, Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shahid Khan made an offer to buy London’s iconic Wembley Stadium. The BBC put the bid at $1.26 billion ($837 million for the stadium and $419 million for Wembley’s hospitality business).

The stadium, considered England’s premier soccer field, has hosted 18 NFL international games, and the Jaguars have played there five times.

Khan tried to reassure Jacksonville fans who fear the purchase is a step toward making Wembley the Jags’ full-time home.

He said in a statement that buying the stadium would “protect the Jaguars’ position in London at a time when other NFL teams are understandably becoming more interested in this great city. … And the stronger the Jaguars are in London, the more stable and promising the Jaguars’ future will be in Jacksonville.”

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While Khan denies he plans to relocate his NFL team to Wembley, he’s open about his wish to move the Super Bowl there.

“Wembley is a great stadium and you want to get it configured to hold Super Bowl and World Cup finals,” he told the BBC on Monday.

Many American fans don’t like the idea of a Super Bowl in London.

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Khan, who also owns the soccer club Fulham, said his purchase of Wembley, if approved, would give the Football Association of England “a pool of money of about £600m that can be invested into the core mission of the FA, which is English football and their ultimate goal of winning a World Cup.”

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“Our role would be to provide a world-class venue,” he said.

When the BBC mentioned that some FA council members were opposed to the deal, Khan said, “If you love English football, you want this deal to go ahead.”

But what if you love American football and want its premier event to stay in this country?

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Todd Windsor is a senior story editor at The Western Journal. He has worked as an editor or reporter in news and sports for more than 30 years.
Todd Windsor is a senior story editor at The Western Journal. He was born in Baltimore and grew up in Maryland. He graduated from the University of Miami (he dreams of wearing the turnover chain) and has worked as an editor and reporter in news and sports for more than 30 years. Todd started at The Miami News (defunct) and went on to work at The News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C., the St. Petersburg (now Tampa Bay) Times, The Baltimore Sun and Space News before joining Liftable Media in 2016. He and his beautiful wife have two amazing daughters and a very old Beagle.
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