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March 15, 2011

Panthers enact electronic lockout

    Let the log-out commence.

    With the NFL lockout officially on, the Panthers have taken their first online steps toward taking the players out of the equation.

    As of this afternoon, there are no players listed on the depth chart on the team website, and the player roster has disappeared. If you had it bookmarked you can still see the names, but the link has been removed from the front page.

    You can still click your way to see coaches and staff, but any easy  path to evidence of players has simply vanished.

    They will, however, still sell you a jersey

    At the team's online store, you can still buy a Steve Smith or a Jeremy Shockey or Jimmy Clausen. Just don't bother looking for their bio or stats.

    (Update 3:01 p.m.) The Panthers put the roster back online Tuesday afternoon. A team spokesman said it was taken down because of the "uncertainty" of the labor situation.

-- Darin Gantt


Posted by Observer Sports on March 15, 2011 at 01:31 PM | Permalink



Posted by: Jake | Mar 15, 2011 2:10:47 PM

Surprised they have Shockey jerseys already. Are the Clausen jerseys on clearance yet? Could use a good hand towel.

Posted by: DaveT | Mar 15, 2011 2:28:18 PM

All of the game worn and practice worn jerseys are gone, though... There were quite a few on there last week, I don't think they sold them all.

Posted by: appstategrad2008 | Mar 15, 2011 2:41:28 PM

Fire them all and they can go play in the CFL since life is so horrible for them in the NFL. Just a bunch of cry babies who think they're in charge. All fans should revolt and take back our $9 billion.

Posted by: Kenny | Mar 15, 2011 3:23:45 PM

^ugh. Very insightful, Ken.

Posted by: jeff | Mar 15, 2011 4:37:52 PM

Old news, they dropped the player rosters right after Fridays announcement. Not to mention that Jerry "Warbucks" Richardson dropped the roster right after the 09 season to pocket some major coin.

I watched the CFL players last year play for the Panthers, I won't be renewing my season ticket this year to watch them again. So line up fools to buy my 4 seats to watch these no talent hacks loose every game at home again.

At least we'll have another shot at Andrew Luck in '12.

Posted by: Ed Rollands | Mar 15, 2011 5:09:40 PM

Food for thought! If these NFL Owners aren't seeing the returns on their investment in the upcoming years why aren't any of these NFL teams up for sale? If your losing money wouldn't you want to sell it while you can!

That's my point. These owners don't want to sell because they are making money not losing money. They just want to make more money. In my opinion, they are just greedy bastards with Jerry Richardson sitting at the top of the list. Doesn't he understand that he is just passing through and doesn't have too many more years on this Earth!

Posted by: Owen | Mar 15, 2011 5:18:17 PM

Drew Breese said "without players" there is no football" and he would be right when the NFL owners get NEW players to play and in a year or two fans will say "Drew who" these employees better learn who rights the checks...Try this on your job and see how long you last...ridiculous!

Posted by: hellfish | Mar 15, 2011 5:20:30 PM

Hellfish, you're exactly right!! Why do NFL players think they're any different than any other employee. No business could exist without their staff, but the staff can always be replaced. If they don't like being an employee, then they should start their own business. Some players actually compared playing in the NFL to being a slave, what a joke.

Posted by: Kenny | Mar 15, 2011 5:56:24 PM

Yea "hellfish" you would be willing to watch "He Hate Me" on Sundays instead of Drew Brees and Payton Manning...ridiculous!

Posted by: Wallace | Mar 15, 2011 5:59:42 PM

the funny thing about all these comments on here - some defending the employers, some defending the players and many hammering the players and/or the owners - is that none of your opinions matter in the end. the players don't care what you think and it is laughable to think that the owners care about the fans.

so keep writing all this stuff to make yourselves feel better. but just realize that you aint getting a piece of the $9B action no matter how hard you stamp your feet and say that you won't buy this and you'll boycott that. you will all still just be a bunch of ham-n-egg eating suckers that none of these billionaires and millionaires could give one rat's rear end about.

sad, but its the truth.


Posted by: UBetchya | Mar 15, 2011 6:46:16 PM

Am i a playa?


Posted by: UBetchya | Mar 15, 2011 6:48:12 PM

Ill be glad when people stop calling the players millionaires. When you say that you are only talking about maybe 5 percent of of the roster. The teams are set up the same way your work place is. The more you produce the more you get paid. So stop saying millionaires vs billionaires and all that other crap cause its just not true. I agree with the players 100percent on this too. I dont see no reason why they should give up any money to the owners. Since the owners are already keeping so much money as it is. The players are just asking for proof that they need the money and the owners will not show it. So to me thats saying they dont really need it.

Posted by: c-boss | Mar 15, 2011 7:28:10 PM

Let them strike....I need to spend more time with my family....

I hate all these guys....ship them all off to Japan for clean up duty!!!!

Posted by: Scott | Mar 15, 2011 8:29:57 PM

Can I get a refund on my PSLs?

Posted by: pantherstalk | Mar 15, 2011 8:41:09 PM

It still shows the team roster for me when going in thru the main page. Clicked on Team/Roster at the top, and it took me right to the page. I even refreshed my browser just to make sure it wasn't cached.

Posted by: 007 | Mar 15, 2011 10:41:05 PM

Nevermind. I didn't read your addendum at the bottom.

Posted by: 007 | Mar 15, 2011 10:42:24 PM

Hellfish, have you ever watched lower level professional sports? Imagine that but worse, unless you're hardcore in your lock-step support of the owners, you're not going to be anywhere near that hot garbage.

Posted by: Bobby | Mar 15, 2011 11:28:16 PM

Furthermore, how many coaches that are former players would strike in support of the players? Take that into account when you're watching Tom Knotts coach Jeff George.

Posted by: Bobby | Mar 15, 2011 11:29:21 PM

Greed is good. Oh, wait. I mean, it's not about the money, it's about the game...

Posted by: Gordon Gekko | Mar 16, 2011 6:26:37 AM

According to SI.com, the lowest average player (by position) is TE at $863,414. Your right they are not ALL millionaires! I'd take it in a sec.

c-boss, go in to your boss and ask him to show your his P&L the ask for a raise and see what happens.

These guys are splitting $9 billion (with a b) both sides should appreciate what they have and play the damn kids game before we get pi$$ed and quit spending our money!

Posted by: Bernie Madoff | Mar 16, 2011 7:23:32 AM

Team roster on the site is still up. Its only the depth chart that's down.

Posted by: ILikePike | Mar 16, 2011 8:14:43 AM

Agreed Bernie!
Bobby, NOTHING wrong with watching "lower level" sports. Ever been to a Pop Warner game? High School of friday nights? Other players can be had, and with a level playing field would be just as entertaining, if not more so.

Posted by: Jrauhauser | Mar 16, 2011 8:45:32 AM

@ Bernie First the key word you used is average. Most of the players on the team make the NFL minimum. You get a high average because of the few who do get million dollar contracts.

The other thing is the players are not asking for anything. They dont want to take less to play more games. Both sides agree that there needs to be a rookie cap so that retired players can get better benefits. Like I said why take a pay cut and then play 18 games unless the teams are hurting for money.

Posted by: c-boss | Mar 16, 2011 9:54:12 AM

Ditto Jake's comment. Way to go. Alienate the fans. Grow up, Jerry!

Posted by: brian | Mar 16, 2011 9:58:35 AM

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