While it appears that Shahid Khan has a battle on his hands with workers alleging Occupational Health and Safety violations at their Flex N Gate work facilities, he is also facing some problems as the owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Soon after buying the team, Khan was asked to define a fan. Khan said, “For me, a fan is somebody who is a season ticket holder for the Jaguars. So, that is a key definition we need to get out.”
This comes after Jacksonville taxpayers paid for the majority of the hundreds of millions spent on refurbishing the stadium, the city chose not to enforce its getting of 25% of the money guaranteed for the naming rights of the stadium, fans were expected to pay an increasing average ticket price of $92.74 (per game) in 2011-2012 and also expected to pay for parking and overpriced food/merchandise. Simply put, many fans have been priced out of the stadium that their tax money helped build.
After the public rightfully attacked these ridiculous comments, he later walked the statement back and noted, “All it takes to be a Jaguars fan is to love the Jaguars.”
For a team that had a 5-11 record and has been the recipient of so much corporate welfare from Florida taxpayers, Shahid Khan would be best served to work for the interests of regular working people – be they Flex N Gate employees or Jaguars fans.