Jaguars Sold – The Jacksonville Jaguars have reached an agreement to sell the small-market franchise to Illinois businessman Shahid Khan.
Majority owner Wayne Weaver made the announcement Tuesday, hours after he fired coach Jack Del Rio and gave general manager Gene Smith a three-year contract extension.
Weaver said Khan will have 100 percent control of the team.
Weaver also called Khan “a great American success story” and said the Pakistan-born entrepreneur will keep the team in Jacksonville, Florida.
Khan is the owner and CEO of the Flex-N-Gate Group based in Urbana, Ill.
The new Jags owner was a candidate to buy controlling interest in the St. Louis Rams last year.
The sale of the Jaguars franchise and the firing of Del Rio are the city’s most significant news since the team’s inception in 1993.