Published: Mar 18, 2013 2:35 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The Jacksonville Jaguars are getting initial support from state legislators to help pay for improvements to EverBank Field.
    
A Florida Senate panel on Tuesday unanimously approved a measure (SB 922) that would guarantee $2 million a year for the next 30 years to help pay for stadium upgrades.
    
The bill still has two more stops before it reaches the full Senate.
    
Jacksonville is already receiving $2 million a year in state money. But Jacksonville area leaders say the extra help is needed to help the area keep high profile events such as the annual clash between the University of Florida and the University of Georgia.
    
State legislators are considering several bills to help professional sports this year, including measures to use state money for Dolphins Stadium and Daytona International Speedway.

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