NFL en 911 Recordings Give Different Accounts In Hardy Domestic Violence Case <p>A domestic violence complaint against Carolina Panthers star defensive end Greg Hardy characterizes him as a man in rage in an incident that led to him being arrested on misdemeanor charges of assault and communicating threats. But 911 tapes released by CMPD give conflicting accounts.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p> Thu, 15 May 2014 06:59:12 +0000 Greg Collard 50956 at 911 Recordings Give Different Accounts In Hardy Domestic Violence Case NASCAR, Other Pro Sports Staff High-Tech Social Media Centers <p>NASCAR, the NFL and other pro sports are combining high-tech data analytics with old-school public relations. They've built what are basically tech command centers where employees engage with fans and monitor trends on social media. The centers have been popping up over the past five years or so, and one of the newest ones is in Charlotte.</p><p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 14:47:43 +0000 Michael Tomsic 46300 at NASCAR, Other Pro Sports Staff High-Tech Social Media Centers Carolina Panthers’ Jordan Gross To Retire After 11 Seasons <div class="entry-content"><p>Panthers veteran offensive tackle Jordan Gross has decided to retire after 11 seasons, the team confirmed Tuesday.</p><p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 18:51:34 +0000 Joesph Person 45784 at Bring On The Playoffs! <p>Cam Newton ran the whole game, so the Panthers’ quarterback wasn’t about to stop Sunday after the Panthers clinched their first division title in five years.</p><p>After finishing a TV interview minutes after the 21-20 win against the Atlanta Falcons, Newton ran along the wall of the Georgia Dome, slapping hands with some of the thousands of Panthers’ fans who made the drive down Interstate 85.</p><p>Newton worked his way to the visitors locker room, where he was greeted by the blaring notes of “I’m a King” by T.I. and by teammates wearing black “division champions” hats.</p> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 02:41:12 +0000 Josesph Person/Charlotte Observer 42009 at Bring On The Playoffs! The Carolinas' Divided NFL Loyalties <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Nationally, the Panthers </span>aren'’t<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> one of the </span>NFL'’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> most popular teams. In fact, try </span>4th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> least popular, according to an <a href="" target="_blank">ESPN Sports Poll</a> taken last year--</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">not too surprising, considering the </span>team is<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;only heading into its </span>18th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> season of existence.</span></p><p></p><p></p><p> Tue, 16 Apr 2013 10:08:43 +0000 Ben Bradford 25368 at The Carolinas' Divided NFL Loyalties Deadspin Report: Panthers Profits Nearly $100 Million Over Two Years <p>The Carolina Panthers, who are seeking more than $200 million in public funds for stadium renovations, said Thursday the team made $66.5 million during the 2010 and 2011 seasons, after an audit of the team was published by the website <em><a href="">Deadspin</a></em>.</p> Fri, 08 Mar 2013 16:52:01 +0000 Steve Harrison/Charlotte Observer 22888 at Panthers Running Backs Contribute To Salary Cap Woes <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">While the Carolina Panthers are in talks to upgrade their stadium, they also need to figure out who will play in it next season. The team is more than&nbsp;$10 million over next year’s league-wide salary cap. That means dropping expensive players and reworking contracts to get below the cap by March </span>12<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p></p> Wed, 13 Feb 2013 01:11:05 +0000 Ben Bradford 21301 at Panthers Running Backs Contribute To Salary Cap Woes Behind Closed Doors, Panthers Ask Council For Stadium Upgrades <p></p><p>The Charlotte City Council met Monday night behind closed doors with Panthers president Danny Morrison and owner Jerry Richardson. The team is seeking public support for renovation of their 16-year-old stadium. But, Panthers officials won’t talk about it, the mayor won’t talk about it, and (only) a limited number of staff have been let in on it.</p> Tue, 15 Jan 2013 21:19:18 +0000 Ben Bradford 19499 at Behind Closed Doors, Panthers Ask Council For Stadium Upgrades Rivera At A Loss <p>Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera says he’s searching for answers to solving the team’s string of disappointing losses. He just isn’t finding them.</p><p>“If we were losing games by 14 points, OK, we're not good enough. But when you lose close games, you are good enough. There's something missing,” Rivera said Monday during his weekly press conference at Bank of America stadium. “There's something we have to find and we've got to get past and through those things, and we've got to make plays.”</p> Mon, 19 Nov 2012 19:13:14 +0000 Michael Tomsic 16124 at Rivera At A Loss Commentary: Another NFL Pinkwashing Campaign Comes To An End <p><em>NFL games look different today, the first Sunday in November. The color pink won't be nearly as prevalent as it was in October. In this commentary, </em><em>Ryan Basen says the NFL's "A Crucial Catch" campaign for breast cancer awareness is also a manipulative image-enhancer for the league and its corporate partners. </em></p> Sun, 04 Nov 2012 16:09:19 +0000 Ryan Basen 15130 at