The Carolina Panthers just got their first win of the season, rousing the fans of our biggest franchise. Across town the newly minted UNC Charlotte 49ers started their inaugural football season with two wins, delighting boosters and fans and, next spring, baseball comes to uptown Charlotte. These ball clubs bring excitement, hope and exposure to the region but at what cost? The Panthers asked for millions in public funds to finance stadium renovations and the Knights got public financing for the new uptown ball park. What is the relationship between sports teams and the cities they play in? A major conference is taking place in town to ask that question, but first they tackle it with us.
Michael Cantor - Project Manager, Sterling Equities. Sterling Project Development
Dr. Mark S. Rosentraub - Bruce and Joan Bickner Endowed Professor of Sport Management Center for Sport Management, University of Michigan
David Swindell - Director of the Center for Urban Innovation and Associate Professor in the School of Public Affairs, Arizona State University
- UNC Charlotte Center for the Study of the New South
- The Center for the Study of the New South is sponsoring a series of programs titled "Sports in the New South: Culture, Color and Cash," focused on various aspects of sports in the South. Details.