Attendance at Jacksonville Jaguars' home games continues to be a concern for the NFL.
Commissioner Roger Goodell says he's had several talks with Jaguars owner Wayne Weaver about the ongoing issue. The Jaguars often played before a half-filled stadium this season, and Goodell says with attendance around 40,000 per game, "you can't continue to have an NFL franchise."
"Wayne has been very aggressive in working with the business community, and we will support him in any way," Goodell said. "We know there are millions of fans in north Florida that want to continue to see the Jaguars play the great football that they did this year, and we will support that and hopefully we'll see better results going forward."
About 17,000 Jacksonville fans opted not to renew their season tickets this year, many citing the economic climate.
Goodell says the NFL is aware of what's happening in the game's marketplace and the challenges fans and the league's business partners are facing.
Jaguars Chief Financial Officer Bill Prescott addressed where the team stands with ticket sales for the upcoming season.
"Right now, we've sold over 2,300 new season tickets in the general bowl," Prescott said. "That's more than what we sold for all of last year in terms of new season tickets. We're also seeing our renewals are coming in early. So those are all good signs for the 2010 season."
Former Jaguar Tony Boselli gave his reaction to Goodell's comments Friday and continued talk of possibly moving the team to another city.
"There hasn't been a team in L.A. for 15 years, and so while I'm sure the commissioner and the NFL would love to have a team there, there hasn't been one," Boselli said in a phone interview. "And I lived in L.A. the last time there was a team in that city. They had two teams in fact, and they didn't support either franchise very well."