New owner out to change team's image
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Jacksonville Jaguars have one victory, the lowest-ranked offense and one of the worst run defenses in the NFL.
But they do have wenge-wood lockers and backlighted mirrors.
The Jaguars, who use tarps to cover empty stadium seats, spent more than $3 million to construct the NFL’s most luxurious locker room.
In the most visible attempt to overhaul their image — and they hope, their fortunes — under new owner Shahid Khan, the Jaguars have embraced their inner interior designer, replete with two waterfalls that splash into plunge pools, Euro-style toilets inside individual private stalls and leather chairs custom-built extra wide to accommodate even the heftiest linemen.
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“It’s first class, just to show that’s how he does things,” said Khan’s son, Tony, who is also a team executive. “It’s the best locker room in the NFL. He wants this to be the best organization in the NFL.”
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