“The Horse’s Mouth” – The Future for the Jaguars

Welcome to “The Horse’s Mouth” with Tom McManus, a cool, unique talk show where guests belly up to the bar to discuss business, marketing, and life. No gossip, no hearsay, no BS, just the straight-up truth, right from the source.

Tom’s longtime love of bartending has come full circle since his days as a linebacker on the inaugural Jacksonville Jaguars football team—slinging drinks and talking shop with everyone from high-profile sports figures and entertainers to business leaders, journalists, and community leaders. Tom and guests trade insight and anecdotes, explore day-to-day topics and tackle the hard subjects, all with equal measures of energy, honesty, and laughter. Get the skinny on the real people behind the headlines, straight from the horse’s mouth.

This week, Tom spoke with Joe Stelma from BluHorn, Lonnie Marts III from LonniellV, Lonnie Marts from the Jaguars, Pat Sitkins from Adaptive Jax, and Alan Vinson from JT Vinson Clothiers.

What do you think about the Jaguars having another game in London?

Pat Sitkins

Looking at the sentiment around town, it’s not connecting. I think he’s put up a pretty big wall between himself and the fans. I’m a Jags fan. I’ve been a fan since ’99, and while I understand the economics of business, I can’t deny that continuing to move from the city hurts the fans.

Lonnie Marts

The Jaguars are this city’s, it’s Jacksonville’s lifeblood. Of course, no one is ok with it. The fans have come, they’ve been here, and they just want to see good product on the field.

Alan Vinson

I think Shahid Khan is responsible for putting a winning product out, and it is a huge loss for us to lose a whole home game. It’s rough on the city. Everybody makes more money that day, it’s a big event but that’s also a whole day built around the home game in Jacksonville that we are losing. He has to put more emphasis on us winning here in Jacksonville.

Joe Stelma

You need to ask the question, is it a business entertainment or is it an entertainment business? There’s got to be that happy medium, it’s got to work out for both sides. Fans are going to lose a game, but they are still going to be out there. It’s a very strong community. I’ve got some best friends who have been season ticket holders since day one.

Lonnie Marts III

The sentiment I get from my friends is that they want to go to the games and hang out, have a good time. The Jags probably aren’t going to win at this point in time, but that doesn’t keep me from wanting to go, have fun and just see some football happen on a Sunday. There’s an opportunity for the Jaguars to get in front of the younger crowd, one of the main things they’ve been able to hang their hat on is the game-day experience. We don’t know we’re going to win today, but if nothing else, we can go to the stadium to have a good time.

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