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Goodell Makes ‘MNF’ Visit To Help Jaguars in $2B Stadium Talks

  • The Jacksonville Jaguars are hoping to secure funding for a $2 billion stadium deal.
  • NFL commissioner Roger Goodell recently met with city leaders to discuss the move.
Bob Self/Florida Times-Union

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell attended this week’s Monday Night Football matchup between the Jacksonville Jaguars and Cincinnati Bengals. The visiting Bengals’ upset win  provided some better-than-expected drama — but that’s likely not why Goodell was in town.

Jacksonville mayor Donna Deegan and city council president Ron Salem met with Goodell before the game, according to the Florida Times-Union, to discuss the city’s ongoing talks with the Jaguars about partnering to fund $2 billion worth of construction for a future stadium.

Earlier this year, the team impressed fans with a bold vision for a reimagined stadium in downtown Jacksonville that would take its current home, EverBank Stadium, to an entirely new level. Renderings showed off upgrades like a canopy to enhance the gameday experience.

Under one proposal, the NFL team and city would split the costs, amounting to $1 billion each, but securing a deal has proved to be difficult. Jaguars president Mark Lamping had to walk back comments he made that many characterized as a threat to relocate the franchise without a deal for the stadium funding.

Bringing Goodell to Jacksonville could be a savvy negotiating ploy from the Jaguars to speed up city leaders’ thinking. A mayoral spokesperson told the Times-Union that the city still is months away from having a deal in place.

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