Charlotte Talks Friday News Roundup: MLS Visits Charlotte; Panthers GM Shakeup; Election Update

Jul 21, 2017

Friday, July 20 2017

Major League Soccer gives our town the once over.  Gettleman is out, Hurney is in as Panthers General Manager.  And the field is complete for the Charlotte Mayor’s race.  Mike Collins and our roundtable of reporters cover this week's top local news.

Clockwise from top left: Ann Doss Helms; Tom Bullock; Mary C. Curtis; Erik Spanberg

Major League Soccer executives were in Charlotte this week to take a look at the Queen City’s viability as a MLS expansion team. What did MLS President Mark Abbott say during the visit? And what was the response from elected officials, the business community and soccer enthusiasts? We find out. 

The Carolina Panthers announced this week that General Manager Dave Gettleman has been fired after four seasons with the team, which included a trip to the Super Bowl. Former General Manager Marty Hurney may be named the interim GM- what will this mean for the Panthers’ season? We’ll discuss.

In Charlotte Election news, Democrat Joel Ford has filed for mayor on Tuesday. Braxton Winston filed for City Council, and two area mayors are not seeking re-election

And city council member Dimple Ajmera raised eyebrows, especially among local Republicans with her statement on a local television show that Republicans who support Donald Trump have no place on city council or in the mayor’s race. 

Host Mike Collins and the roundup  reporters bring us up to speed on the week's news on the Charlotte Talks Friday News Roundup.

Guests:

Tom Bullock, WFAE reporter.

Ann Doss Helms, reporter for The Charlotte Observer

Erik Spanberg, senior staff writer at the Charlotte Business Journal

Mary C.Curtis, columnist at Roll Call and a contributor to other publications including WCCB News Rising and NBCBLK.