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February 17, 2009

Panthers announce employee layoffs

   The Carolina Panthers announced today they’ve made about 20 employee layoffs.

   Team spokesman Charlie Dayton released this statement: "There have been layoffs with the Carolina Panthers as a result of downsizing and restructuring. The NFL is not immune from the current economic conditions and these are very difficult decisions designed to help the organization move forward in the most efficient manner possible.”

   -- Charles Chandler

Posted by Observer Sports on February 17, 2009 at 04:44 PM | Permalink


Hate to see that happen.

Posted by: Matt Anderson | Feb 17, 2009 4:48:08 PM

Cuts had to come from somewhere. The beer guy and hot dog guy were up for FA. Looking to pick up a few low price concession help.

Posted by: jason | Feb 17, 2009 4:53:02 PM

Dang, nice to see one guy getting all the money Mr. Gross. Why not send these poor schmucks a few grand to get back on their feet after being canned to help pay for your $9 MILLION PER SALARY!

Posted by: Joe Blow PSL | Feb 17, 2009 4:57:40 PM

Jason, this is not something to make fun of.

Posted by: Gamble20 | Feb 17, 2009 4:58:40 PM

Not the concession people, those are mostly volunteers.

Posted by: matt wood | Feb 17, 2009 5:00:17 PM

Could someone explain to me why Julius Peppers is getting ready to make 17 Million a year since the "NFL is not immune to the current economic conditions"?

Posted by: Brian | Feb 17, 2009 5:01:44 PM

These poor bastards making 8 dollars an hour, trying to support their families, are losing their jobs, and we have idiots "PLAYING" football making millions...what the hell is wrong with that picture?

Posted by: swatguy | Feb 17, 2009 5:09:26 PM

Was Ken Lucas among the employees let go?

Posted by: Matt | Feb 17, 2009 5:16:40 PM

Why aren't average people more turned off with what professional athletes are paid? Why don't we have a problem with the fact that some NFL players knock heads for one quarter and make more than some teachers do in a year? Where's the outrage?

Posted by: OMD | Feb 17, 2009 5:19:11 PM

They've gotta cover what Jerry's HMO didn't, and a ticket price increase wasn't enough.

Posted by: Ben | Feb 17, 2009 5:29:02 PM

Panthers staff layoffs were mostly ushers.

Posted by: Chris | Feb 17, 2009 5:52:02 PM

I find it funny that the team says the NFL is not immune, when it is getting ready to pay 9 or so million a year for the next 6 or 7 years for a player. I understand the layoffs, but be honest, your not hurting that much.

Posted by: Steven | Feb 17, 2009 5:57:23 PM

I would like to have a LAYOFF from this mediocre football franchise called the Carolina Panthers.

Posted by: kj | Feb 17, 2009 6:11:05 PM

Was Julia Peppers laid off before the Arizona game? --- Oh wait, I'm wrong. He worked. He had 2 tackles.

Posted by: wahoo | Feb 17, 2009 6:19:12 PM

Sounds like Jerry still needs a heart

Posted by: gengizk | Feb 17, 2009 6:20:14 PM

Layoffs of companies like this, are just a way to get rid of the DEADWEIGHT in the organization. They do this to people they normally wouldn't be able to let go without them facing a lawsuit.

Posted by: Phil | Feb 17, 2009 6:25:44 PM

Haha I'm gettin mine...Lo-Sa's

Posted by: JordanGross | Feb 17, 2009 6:26:09 PM

Where is Procton now??? He is the one that said that Gross was over rated and here he is, about to become one of the highest paid players at his position...Ha

Posted by: Jason Peter | Feb 17, 2009 6:29:10 PM

I hope they lay off the guys who confiscated my Jim Beam at the last game. Those guys have some big parties with all those shot bottles they steal from us hard working fans trying to sneak in a little juice

Posted by: wahoo | Feb 17, 2009 6:57:54 PM

Charlotte sports fans are so hypocritical. When the Bobcats made cuts, it was because they were the worse organization in the history of professional sports. The article was very detailed about their financial troubles. But when your beloved Panthers make cuts, it’s no big deal. It only requires a five liner. I guess the truth is right there staring at you, in black and white…..

Posted by: PortCity-23 | Feb 17, 2009 7:47:39 PM

"Layoffs of companies like this, are just a way to get rid of the DEADWEIGHT in the organization. They do this to people they normally wouldn't be able to let go without them facing a lawsuit"

This is exactly what is happening. They can't tell me that they are hurting like the auto makers or construction companies. This time of year, what are they trying to sell that no one is buying?? How are they losing large amounts of money?? Can't find a bank to lend them payroll??

Unless part of their business model is to invest all the oodles of money they don't use and that went bust with the stock market crash. Hmmmm

Posted by: mys | Feb 17, 2009 7:48:07 PM

I actually have a niece recently laid off from the front office. She worked very hard for the team and was promoted to a new position in the past year. Total lack of class the way they handled it. She was called into a room and told this was her last day. She asked why and the B_itch boss told her she would not discuss it. If business was tough, it would have been an easy answer. She was escorted out by security and not allowed to gather her personal belongings or say goodbye. This is what happens when Jerry gets sick and his sons run the business and take advice from people who are out for a power grab. The Panthers should really treat their folks with some compassion and gratitude for their hard work!!

Posted by: JF | Feb 17, 2009 8:04:34 PM

A shame Phil Youtsey was not one of the ones canned. Sorry folks but with Mark "pretty boy" Richardson running the show the entire team has gone into the toilet. They care about MONEY and only MONEY and who wants to bet that ticket prices go up yet again this year?

As long as Richardson owns the team I will never step foot in the stadium again. I will let me wallet do my talking for me.

Posted by: Bye Bye Peppers | Feb 17, 2009 9:27:06 PM

Please dear lord let Jake Turnoverloome be one of the laid off.

Posted by: pslholder | Feb 17, 2009 9:54:54 PM

Sleep tight Panther Ownership and Mr. Gross, knowing that 1/3 of just 1 of that 9 million could keep those employees on staff. Nice going.

Posted by: Marty | Feb 18, 2009 7:42:43 AM

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