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November 11, 2012

Richardson reinforces his commitment to the Carolinas

Panthers owner Jerry Richardson said he has no intention to move the team to Los Angeles – or anywhere else.

Amid reports that California political officials have been courting Richardson in the hopes of bringing the team to Los Angeles, Richardson issued a statement Sunday saying his desire to have a team in the Carolinas has not changed.

“It has always been my desire that the Carolinas would be the home of our Panthers. Nothing has changed,” Richardson said in a statement released by the team. “As someone who was born in North Carolina and lived much of my life in South Carolina, I hope that there would be no doubts about my personal devotion to the Carolinas.”

Some of the discussions between Los Angeles officials and Richardson occurred during the Democratic National Convention, including a conversation with Los Angeles mayor and DNC chairman Antonio Villaraigosa.

President Barack Obama was scheduled to make his acceptance speech at Bank of America Stadium before weather concerns moved the event to the Time Warner Cable Arena.

The Panthers are working with sports architecture firms on a stadium renovation plan, expected to be ready at the end of the season. No public money went toward the construction of the stadium, which opened in 1996 and was funded primarily by the sale of personal seat licenses.

--Joseph Person


Posted by Observer Sports on November 11, 2012 at 02:03 PM | Permalink


Tell'em too shove it,"court" some other team!!
Nobody respects the Carolinas

Posted by: 10-4!! | Nov 11, 2012 2:41:26 PM

He is committed as long as he gets the money he wants for the stadium. It is worth a few shekels to the team.

Posted by: Stevo | Nov 11, 2012 2:54:25 PM

Stevo. You have no idea what you are talking about. Your screename indicates you are a fan of ignorance.

Posted by: 95truefan95 | Nov 11, 2012 2:59:58 PM

SELL THIS TEAM!!! sell it to somebody who's willing to put a winning team on the field. And Cam your a scam. How about you throw another interseption. Seems like thats the only thing your good at!

Posted by: U-Suck Cam | Nov 11, 2012 3:05:05 PM

Hey U-suck cam,
The English language called and it wants to chat with you.

Cam "you're" a scam not your. And interception has a C like most of your report cards.


Posted by: English | Nov 11, 2012 3:14:47 PM

Jerry, how about issuing a statement that you will not pursue any public money to renovate this stadium?

Also, as the other poster said, PLEASE SELL THIS TEAM!!


Posted by: George Hanson | Nov 11, 2012 3:32:41 PM

Now we appreciate that Mr. Richardson, but could you please hire a Head Coach who can fire up the team and us the panthers fan too. Its getting tired some years after years watching and supporting this team.

Posted by: omg | Nov 11, 2012 4:09:03 PM

Charlotte's Panthers

I think Charlotte should follow the lead of the Miami Marlins, formally the Florida Marlins, and step up and take ownership, in name, of the Panthers.
By associating the Panthers with the name "Carolina", an embarrassing disservice is being done to the entire states of North and South Carolina, the Carolina Gamecocks, the Carolina Tar Heels as well as the Raleigh area's Double-A Minor League Carolina Mudcats. I would make the same suggestion to Raleigh and the Carolina Hurricanes, but that's hockey and no one cares. The Panthers. You can have 'em, we don't want 'em.

Posted by: Wild Turkey | Nov 11, 2012 4:45:02 PM

I think the 2 biggest problems are our coaching staff and our quarterback. I just wonder what the score would have been had Mr. Manning been quarterbacking the panthers today

Posted by: ttom tom | Nov 11, 2012 4:45:28 PM

John Gruden

Posted by: yonse2 | Nov 11, 2012 5:10:12 PM

Cam can be a very successful quarterback and I think our running backs can once again be the premier tandem in the league but we have seriously got to re-tool our offensive line! They are the number one problem with this team. Still not sold on Rivera, but not quite sure if I'm ready to give up on him after year two.

Posted by: kswirl | Nov 11, 2012 5:23:36 PM

Our biggest problem here is the fair weather fans and all the people that move here from another state and want nothing more than to see this NFL team fold. Also the person saying taxypayers shouldn't help fix up the stadiums...you can't be real bright...look up how much the city and state estimate they make off of this team. I am sure it is more than the renovations will cost. I have been 3 times this year to watch games and at roughly 200 dollars a trip multipy that by about 70,000 fans 8 times a year for almost 20 years....no the 200 does not include the tickets that is whats spent in or around charlotte...

Posted by: Me | Nov 11, 2012 5:24:05 PM

No idea..,"sources close to the owner say that the team is safe as long as public investment is availble for stadium renovation"

What is ignorant is not doing your homework true fan.

Posted by: Stevo | Nov 11, 2012 5:56:22 PM

Sell the team.

Posted by: jcoggins | Nov 11, 2012 6:12:54 PM

Why would Richardson even be talking to the LA Group if he has not interest in moving them there. You can't trust this guy.

Posted by: shots956 | Nov 11, 2012 6:50:27 PM

Cam would be great in the Canadian league.

Posted by: shots956 | Nov 11, 2012 6:53:14 PM

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