Dallas Cowboys: Shad Khan

Jags' owner happy to play Dallas in London

December, 12, 2013
IRVING, Texas -- Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan is “delighted” the Dallas Cowboys will be playing his team Nov. 9, 2014, at London’s Wembley Stadium.

“Jerry (Jones) was one of the first people I met in the league,” Khan said, “and they’re 'America’s Team,' so I think it’s going to be wonderful.”

Jones, the Cowboys' owner and general manager, had long said his team would not give up a home game to play in the NFL’s international series. Because the Cowboys are among the NFL’s best draws, teams would be reluctant to give up a guaranteed sellout at their stadium.

Khan acknowledged it was difficult to take that game away from Jacksonville.

“But that’s part of the commitment to what we’re doing as the home team in London,” Khan said. “We knew that from Day 1 that there will be some of those, but I think overall for Jacksonville and for the Jaguars, this is a very, very important thing, and frankly it’s been good for us ... A great example is before last year surveys in London asking which is your favorite team, the Jaguars were No. 31. After last year, we’re No. 9, so I mean the needle has moved, and that’s not only good for Jacksonville and the Jaguars, it’s good for the league.”

The Cowboys have played two preseason games in London. The last came on Aug. 8, 1993 against the Detroit Lions.

The largest crowd for the eight regular-season games played in London so far was 84,254 for the New England Patriots vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers game on Oct. 24, 2009. The Jaguars and San Francisco 49ers drew 83,559 this year.

“Wembley was sold out this year,” Khan said, “so we expect to sellout again.”

Could Cowboys play a game in London?

August, 16, 2013
OXNARD, Calif. -- The Dallas Cowboys have yet to play in one of the International Series games in London, but given the worldwide attention given to the team, they would seem to be a natural fit.

Jerry Jones said extending Sean Lee's contract is a priority. Former Cowboys scout and assistant coach Glen "Stretch" Smith says that the Cowboys should wait a while and see if Lee stays healthy.

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Owner and general manager Jerry Jones said the NFL has asked the Cowboys to be a part of the game in the past, but “they have had other teams that wanted to go.”

Jones would like the Cowboys to be involved, but it will not be at the expense of a game at AT&T Stadium, which is the rub when it comes to the Cowboys playing a game overseas. Because they are a virtual guaranteed sellout as a road team, the opponents do not want to give up that home date.

"We know we are an interesting draw and the games that we played over there are great memories for everybody involved in them,” Jones said, alluding to a 1993 preseason game in London against Detroit.

Dallas is scheduled to play at Jacksonville next year, and Jaguars owner Shad Khan has agreed to play one game in London through 2016. Khan recently purchased Fulham of the English Premier League as well.

“Recently at an NFL meeting we gave the league the right to draft teams that go over there, so they can ask you to go … nicely,” Jones said.