Gators might come to mind first when you think of Florida sports, but these big cats have a following, too. The Jacksonville Jaguars joined the National Football League as an expansion franchise in 1995, along with the Carolina Panthers. The team quickly gained respect by securing playoff berths the following four years, but the Jags have struggled to be a consistent contender in the years since. The team plays host at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium. Wayne Weaver, chairman and majority owner of retailer Shoe Carnival, owns 48% of the team, while a group of local businessmen owns the rest.
The team's home field had been known as ALLTEL Stadium since 1997, but at the conclusion of the 2006 football season telecommunications firm ALLTEL decided not to renew its stadium sponsorship deal with the Jaguars. The stadium reverted to its original name, Jacksonville Municipal Stadium, though the team and the city continue to look for a naming rights partner.