Jerry Richardson http://wfae.org en Panthers Get Special Access To Closed Council Meetings http://wfae.org/post/panthers-get-special-access-closed-council-meetings <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Most of the Charlotte City Council's debate and deliberations about spending tax dollars on a renovation of Panthers' Stadium happened behind closed doors. That's pretty common when a city is hashing out economic incentives.&nbsp; But this case stands out because the Panthers were given unprecedented access to the council's process.</span></p><p></p><p> Tue, 07 May 2013 09:00:00 +0000 Julie Rose 26728 at http://wfae.org Panthers Get Special Access To Closed Council Meetings Charlotte Leaders In February Believed Panthers Were Looking Into 2013 Sale http://wfae.org/post/charlotte-leaders-february-believed-panthers-were-looking-2013-sale <p>As Charlotte City Council debated in February whether to give the Carolina Panthers money for stadium renovations, the city attorney believed the team might be sold and moved if members turned the team down.</p><p>Transcripts of closed meetings released Tuesday also show the city and team tangled over the Panthers’ tax burden, the length of a contractual agreement to keep the Panthers in Charlotte, and even over a proposal that the city build the team a parking deck.</p> Wed, 24 Apr 2013 15:04:55 +0000 Steve Harrison/Charlotte Observer 25911 at http://wfae.org Charlotte Leaders In February Believed Panthers Were Looking Into 2013 Sale City's New Plan For Panthers: $87.5 Million http://wfae.org/post/citys-new-plan-panthers-875-million <p></p><p>The Panthers have agreed to scale back their stadium renovation plans in order to cut a deal with the city that would pump $87.5 million toward the project. In exchange, Charlotte would be guaranteed to keep the NFL team for at least six years.</p><p></p><p> Thu, 18 Apr 2013 20:57:28 +0000 Julie Rose 25564 at http://wfae.org City's New Plan For Panthers: $87.5 Million Charlotte 'Regrouping' On Panthers Funding Plan http://wfae.org/post/charlotte-regrouping-panthers-funding-plan <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Charlotte City Council has given up the fight for permission to raise the local restaurant tax as a way to raise money for Panthers' Stadium upgrades.</span></p><p>Councilman James Mitchell says <a href="http://www.ncleg.net/gascripts/BillLookUp/BillLookUp.pl?Session=2013&amp;BillID=H193" target="_blank">the measure passed by the state house Wednesday</a> is "the best the city will get." It only gives the city flexibility to use existing restaurant tax revenues for the football stadium.</p> Thu, 28 Mar 2013 12:36:41 +0000 Julie Rose 24121 at http://wfae.org Charlotte 'Regrouping' On Panthers Funding Plan Deadspin Report: Panthers Profits Nearly $100 Million Over Two Years http://wfae.org/post/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="http://deadspin.com/5988893/leaked-nfl-documents-while-owner-cried-hardship-carolina-panthers-had-112-million-profit-over-two-years">Deadspin</a></em>.</p> Fri, 08 Mar 2013 16:52:01 +0000 Steve Harrison/Charlotte Observer 22888 at http://wfae.org New Panthers' GM's Job Is 'To Fix Things' http://wfae.org/post/new-panthers-gms-job-fix-things <p>The Carolina Panthers new general manager says if he does his job right, the team will win a Super Bowl. Those were among Dave Gettleman’s comments at his introductory press conference Tuesday at the Panther’s stadium.&nbsp;</p><p>Panthers’ owner Jerry Richardson laid it out simply for his newest hire:</p><p>"One of the things a general manager has to do, is he has to be able to fix things," Richardson said.</p><p>Dave Gettleman has a lot to fix. He’s taking over a team that hasn’t made the playoffs in four years and hasn’t won a playoff game since 2006.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 16 Jan 2013 14:25:02 +0000 Michael Tomsic 19509 at http://wfae.org New Panthers' GM's Job Is 'To Fix Things'