Brian France, the CEO of NASCAR, is reportedly transitioning his career to focus on a new sport. The unconfirmed reports suggest that France will finally be stepping down from his position in NASCAR after bungling late race cautions.
Shad Khan, the owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars, purchased the team just three years ago but in his quest to make the Jaguars appeal to a wider audience has agreed to bringing in Brian France.
"Mr. France is expected to help the Jaguars reach a wider community. As we focus on the London market and now on reaching out to less traditional football fans, it’s important to note that the Jaguars are still very much committed to Jacksonville and still very much committed to putting a winnable product on the field."
The move is shocking for many who see the Jaguars under Khan as really revitalizing the franchise and its commitment to the Jacksonville community. One unnamed and unconfirmed source is “excited about the possibility of at least one game per season played to over 100,000 fans in the middle of the Daytona International Speedway.”
For Khan, this new partnership with Brian France is a natural step in the right direction. Khan’s fortune was built on his auto parts business Flex-N-Gate and it is a logical step to building a partnership with the auto racing world. Jags fans may be dismayed to see less of the NFL action on the giant video boards adorning Everbank Field – especially with one “home” game a year already played in London – but building the Jaguars brand is seen as more important. “The fan experience is overrated anyway,” one fan told us via video chat. He went on to say that you see things better from the television anyway.
The new ownership partnership are now calling themselves the TIAJ Group, with the speculation being that it stands for This Is A Joke. Today is after all April Fool’s Day and like most ridiculous things, completely untrue. We Jags fans won’t be seeing Brian France and Shad Khan coming together to do anything in the near future (fortunately) and the Jaguars are most certainly staying put, no need to go buy a bigger TV for upcoming games that aren’t happening in Daytona.
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