Jacksonville sends Jaguars lease default letter

Terry McCormick
May 30, 2012

The City of Jacksonville has charged the Jacksonville Jaguars with defaulting on their lease at Everbank Stadium, according to the Jacksonville Business Journal.

The default charge stems from the contract between the city and the team over deciding who runs the stadium. Two companies submitted bids, according to the Florida Times-Union, and the Jaguars chose SMG.

However, the city's general counsel, Cindy Laquidara, sent a letter to the team informing it that it was in default because no joint agreement or conversation had taken place.

“A joint selection requires people at a minimum to converse,” she said Friday.

Jaguars owner Shahid Khan said he was "shocked and perplexed" by the default notice and refuted the allegation. The move also comes at a critical time when the Jaguars need to be readying for ticket sales for the 2012 season.

“The Jaguars organization has followed exactly the process agreed to by the team and the City and as set forth in the RFP documents,” Khan said in his letter to Jacksonville mayor Alvin Brown. “Immediately upon our advising the city of our recommended selection, your lawyer delivered to the Jaguars organization a default letter putting in motion a termination of our lease.'

Khan, who purchased the team late last year, has steadfastly said he wants to keep the Jaguars in Jacksonville long-term, despite rumors that the team would move shortly after his purchase. This move certainly doesn't bode well for the team's long-term future in North Florida unless something can be resolved soon.

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