How the Florida Gators Are Keeping the Jacksonville Jaguars Down

May 17, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Sad but true—the Jacksonville Jaguars, a young and struggling NFL franchise, is playing second fiddle to the Florida Gators, a college football powerhouse of the last 20 years.
When the Jacksonville Jaguars joined the NFL as an expansion team in 1995, the Northeast Florida-Southeast Georgia area was thrilled to have an NFL team. 
Owner J. Wayne Weaver, who made his fortune in shoes with his creation Nine West, felt that the area could compete with the two other Florida NFL teams (Miami Dolphins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers) and the love and passion of college football fans, especially those of the Florida Gators.
Weaver may eventually be proven wrong, and here is why.
First, the World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party continues its annual play in Jacksonville, and this has enabled the Florida Gators to continue their lock on the passion, love, and excitement of football fans in Northeast Florida. 
Today, the Jaguars struggle to put 40,000 fans in the...

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