Bruton Smith, who owns Charlotte Motor Speedway and lots of others things, told WBT's Keith Larson Tuesday that he'd be interesting in buying the Carolina Panthers if the price is right. Also, he'd keep them in Charlotte and wouldn't ask for public money to enhance the stadium.
Bruton would be an interesting owner, quotable and accessible. But this is the same man who threatened to move the speedway if he didn't get what he wanted when he wanted it the way he wanted it.
If I'm Bruton, I stay on Bruton Smith Blvd. and focus on my sport and try to counteract the fading ratings and empty seats.
But what if Bruton did own the Panthers?
The biggest change would be that fans could take off their shirts.
They also could bring coolers. Camp out. Instead of debating whether a Ford is better than Chevrolet, however, they'd debate whether a Mercedes is better than a BMW.
The media would be offered free stuff (which they graciously would decline), or say they did.
News conferences would become more carnival like and adventurous.
The pre-game shows would be outstanding. Nobody at Bank of America Stadium has ever seen a human fly out of a cannon or a bus fly over a flaming outhouse.
The Panthers would be the first NFL team with a crew chief.
After every victory Cam Newton would thank his sponsors, if he has time for all of them.And if you didn't like the changes Bruton would threaten to move the team to Clover, S.C.