Carolina Panthers

Protester arrested 8/22 outside Bank of America stadium
Jeff Siner / The Charlotte Observer

A 23-year-old Charlotte man who owned a music-sharing website has pleaded guilty to copyright infringement. Rocky Ouprasith admitted to illegally trading more than $2.5 million worth of material on his RockDizMusic-dot-com.

Panthers Make Statement With $60 Million In Guarantees For Newton

Jun 2, 2015
Jeff Siner / Charlotte Observer

After signing the most lucrative contract in Carolina Panthers history Tuesday, quarterback Cam Newton planned to celebrate with a big night at his uptown condo.

Newton said he planned to “pop a couple milk-carton bottles,” throw down some Lucky Charms and Cinnamon Toast Crunch, and get ready for Wednesday’s practice.

Got milk?

Newton does – as well as a five-year extension worth $103.8 million, according to a league source.

Sun. Headlines: Comments Sought On Voter ID Rules

May 3, 2015
VoterID.NC.gov

New rules to implement North Carolina’s 2013 Voter ID law are now up for public comment. The draft regulations from the State Board of Elections were released Friday, and will determine how precinct officials decide whether someone has the required photo identification to vote in person starting in 2016.  

Nine public hearings are planned across the state, beginning with a June 3 meeting in Raleigh. There’s a hearing June 8 from 5-7pm at the Hal Marshall auditorium in Charlotte and another in Boone on June 10. Written comments are due by June 30.  

Charges Against Hardy Dropped

Feb 9, 2015
Robert Lahser / Charlotte Observer

Domestic violence charges against Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy have been dismissed. 

  Prosecutors say that repeated attempts to contact his accuser and former girlfriend, Nicole Holder, were not successful.

Without her testimony, Mecklenburg County District Attorney Andrew Murray says the case could not proceed. Murray also noted that Hardy and Holder have reached a civil settlement.

The trial proceedings of Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy begins today. Hardy is appealing a ruling last year in which a judge found him guilty of assaulting his ex-girlfriend. His jury trial marks the first time local court officials will make select documents involving a case available on line.

Ben Bradford / WFAE

Charlotte has more than just a berth in the NFC Championship on the line in Saturday’s Panthers-Seahawks playoff game. Politicians have bet regional goods on their teams. Let’s take a much-too-serious look at the friendly wagers.


The Carolina Panthers are headed to the NFC Divisional playoff next weekend thanks to a record-setting defensive performance Saturday at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte.  The Panthers held Arizona to just 78 yards of offense – an NFL playoff record – in the 27 to 16 victory in the NFC Wild Card playoff game.

The Carolina Panthers had an unlikely opportunity to make the NFL playoffs and now they have another to win the first round. The team beat all of their last four opponents to win the weak NFC South division and made the playoffs, despite a losing record. None of those opponents finished the season with a winning record.


Sports Boost Hotels, Restaurants During New Years Week

Dec 30, 2014
T. Ortega Gaines / Charlotte Observer

Take a college bowl game in uptown Charlotte, add a Carolina Panthers playoff game that seemed improbable just a month ago, and bring an NBA superstar to town.

Schedule it all during the week of New Year’s Eve.

The result: Sold-out hotels, fully booked restaurants and brisk sales of Panthers team hats and T-shirts, according to a half-dozen Charlotte hotel, restaurant and shop owners.

Carolina Panthers

This Saturday, the Carolina Panthers will do, what just weeks ago, seemed extremely unlikely. They will host an NFL playoff game. It's what sports fans could consider Carolina’s Christmas season miracle.

At their post-season press conference on Monday, Panthers Coach "Riverboat" Ron Rivera gambled by telling the world just how the team will beat the Arizona Cardinals.

"We’ve got to go out and play well. We’ve got to play well enough to win."

(What did you expect? He’s an NFL coach at a press conference.)

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