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The statewide high school athletic association decided Thursday to postpone the start of the fall sports by one month, until Aug. 24, after initially voting to proceed as normal despite the recommendations of its own medical advisory board which said it was unsafe due to rising cases of coronavirus across Florida.

The move came after several greater Tampa Bay counties decided on their own to postpone football practice and other sports for a few weeks.

The NFL’s Player’s Association and team executives agreed to eliminate all four preseason games due to unnecessary travel for exhibitions.

TIAA Bank Field
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More than 700 employees at TIAA Bank Field, home of the Jacksonville Jaguars, have gotten another round of bad news.

The Washington Redskins on Monday announced the NFL franchise was retiring the team's controversial nickname following a review process that started several weeks ago.

"As part of this process, we want to keep our sponsors, fans and community apprised of our thinking as we go forward," the football team said in a statement. "Today, we are announcing we will be retiring the Redskins name and logo upon completion of this review."

Amid New Surge In Florida Coronavirus Cases, Children Resume Sports Across State

Jun 19, 2020

Fifteen-year-old softball player Riley Diedrick wanted nothing more than to race alongside her friends.

Jacksonville Jaguars Players, Coaches, Staff March To Sheriff's Office In Show Of Unity

Jun 5, 2020
Garry Smits / The Florida Times-Union

Jaguars players, front office staff, their families and friends raised their voices with others across the nation Friday when they marched in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Jaguars Return To TIAA Bank Field With COVID-19 Restrictions

May 26, 2020
TIAA Bank Field, home of the Jacksonville Jaguars.
BILL BORTZFIELD / WJCT NEWS

The Jaguars began a slow return to work Tuesday, but don’t expect to catch a glimpse of players at TIAA Bank Field just yet.

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Expect “virtual” or expanded FastPass-style lines, staggered seating on rides, online food ordering and limited crowds when Florida’s major theme parks eventually reopen after being shuttered during the coronavirus pandemic.

David J. Phillip / Associated Press

Golf fans who would have been watching the Masters in Augusta, Ga. on TV this week will have to wait until November.

Tony Boselli Says Ended Up In Mayo Clinic's ICU As He Battled COVID-19

Apr 3, 2020
Bob Self / The Florida Times-Union

Former Jaguars’ star and Hall of Fame finalist Tony Boselli is recovering after he was hospitalized for five days at the Mayo Clinic for COVID-19, he told WJCT News partner The Florida Times-Union Thursday in his first public comments.

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Tuesday is Military Appreciation Day at THE PLAYERS Championship in Ponte Vedra Beach, a day that typically culminates with a ceremony of nationally-ranked dignitaries, military pageantry and a concert.

Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp will be holding job fairs on Saturday, March 14, and Tuesday, March 17, to hire season workers for the 2020 season.

Bishop Kenny

It’s been a great week for Jacksonville-area high school girls soccer.

Amateur Cycling National Championship Coming To Clay County This Summer

Feb 18, 2020
shadows of cyclists on the ground
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Clay County will serve as host for the USA Cycling Road Amateur National Championships this summer.

Former Jaguar Will Open A New Avondale Coffee Shop

Feb 5, 2020
Via Jacksonville Daily Record

Arrelious Benn has seen not only the inside of football stadiums in cities across the country but also coffee shops during his eight-year NFL career.

Pictured: Jaguars mascot Jaxson de Ville carries the flags of the U.S. and Great Britain ahead of the Nov. 3, 2019 game at Wembley Stadium.
Ian Walton / Associated Press

The Jacksonville Jaguars will play two home games in London over consecutive Sundays, the team announced Tuesday.

Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

City leaders are trying to make Jacksonville one of the top destinations for sporting events.

City Council Approves Land Option For Armada Soccer Stadium

Jan 29, 2020
Armada soccer stadium rendering
Jacksonville Armada

The City Council unanimously approved a land option agreement for a lot north of the Fairgrounds in a move that could set the stage for a new stadium for Jacksonville Armada soccer.

Jaguars Already Planning Lot J's Phase II; Total Investment Could Hit $700 Million

Jan 24, 2020
CITY OF JACKSONVILLE / VIA JACKSONVILLE DAILY RECORD

Negotiators for Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan and the city have not drafted a final deal for his $450 million to $500 million Lot J development, but team leadership already is looking ahead to a possible Phase II.

Team Owner Ken Babby at Podium with Mayor Lenny Curry and others in team clubhouse
Sky Lebron / WJCT News

When Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp Owner and CEO Ken Babby took the podium Wednesday morning to make a franchise announcement, he made one thing immediately clear.

TIAA Bank Field
Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

A proposal is once again in play to eliminate an untouched pool of state money set aside in 2014 to help build and renovate professional sports stadiums, including Jacksonville’s TIAA Bank Field.

Jaguars President: City, Team Close On Lot J Development Deal; Costs Rise To $700 Million

Jan 14, 2020
Pictured: Jaguars President Mark Lamping watches from the end zone during an Oct. 13 home game against the New Orlean Saints at TIAA Bank Field.
Bob Self / The Florida Times-Union

Jaguars President Mark Lamping said negotiations with the city on a development deal for Lot J next to the stadium are “very close” to finalizing a deal that could go to City Council with an eye toward ground-breaking in the spring.

PHOTO BY BILL BORTZFIELD/WJCT NEWS / LOGOS PROVIDED BY THE JAX SPORTS COUNCIL

Kickoff for the 75th Annual TaxSlayer Bowl is Thursay, Jan. 2, at 7 p.m. at TIAA Bank Field, as the Indiana Hoosiers take on the Tennessee Volunteers.

John Raoux / Associated Press

The Jaguars have fired Tom Coughlin, the team’s executive vice president of football operations.

Mary Altaffer / AP

Axe throwing— throwing an axe to try to hit a target — is a fast-growing sport across the country including in Jacksonville.

PHOTO BY BILL BORTZFIELD/WJCT NEWS / LOGOS PROVIDED BY THE JAX SPORTS COUNCIL

The 75th annual TaxSlayer Gator Bowl will pit the Indiana University Hoosiers against the University of Tennessee Volunteers.

News Service of Florida

Move over Puppy Bowl, the 2020 Super Bowl has a new sideshow.

Jaguars Name Minshew Starter For Remainder Of Season

Dec 2, 2019
Stephen B. Morton / Associated Press

Coach Doug Marrone said on Monday that rookie Gardner Minshew II will start at quarterback over Nick Foles for the Jaguars in Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers. 

Photo by Bill Bortzfield/WJCT News / Logos provided by the Jax Sports Council

With just over three weeks until teams are announced and a six weeks until kickoff, the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl has announced a full slate of events for fans visiting Jacksonville.

Jacksonville University

Jacksonville University has announced plans to begin construction in late spring of a 26,000-square-foot "basketball performance center" that will include coaches’ offices, weight room, training room and a full court and a half of play surface.

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