The Jaguars named Mark Lamping as their team president on Monday, another change in an organization that has seen plenty in recent months. The news was announced by owner Shahid Khan.
Lamping is the president and CEO of MetLife Stadium, home of the Giants and Jets, and was previously the president of the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team for 13 years.
"This is a very important and exciting development in the rebirth of the Jacksonville Jaguars," Khan said in a statement. "Mark will bring to the Jaguars and to the Jacksonville community a mix of sports and brand marketing, stadium management expertise and team front-office leadership that is very difficult to find in one person. Mark's résumé speaks for itself and I am very grateful to the Giants and Jets for making it possible for the Jaguars to present Mark with a new challenge and the prospect of success here in Jacksonville."
"The Jacksonville Jaguars have vast potential, and I'm honored that Shad Khan is asking me to play a leadership role in reaching that potential," Lamping said. "We have the opportunity to revitalize the franchise and build something special, memorable and hopefully historic for the league, our partners and especially Jaguars fans, who will be central to our mission. My wife, Cheryl, and I are ready to get started and excited to make Jacksonville our home."
The way we see it
There has been heavy speculation that Khan and the Jaguars will try to move from Jacksonville, and this hiring will only add to that speculation. Not only was Lamping at the forefront of the new stadium in New Jersey for the Giants and Jets, along with leading the bid for Super Bowl XLVIII, but he also helped the Cardinals build new Busch Stadium while in St. Louis. While both men have said they are committed to playing in North Florida, there will be constant talk that the Jaguars are positioning themselves to move on to a bigger city.