Carolina Panthers

Local News
10:18 am
Tue September 24, 2013

Ethics Complaint, Lawsuit Continue Over Panthers Stadium Deal

Mike Cozza, Wayne Powers, Ken Koontz and Bruce Bowers (not pictured) are suing the city of Charlotte for allegedly violating North Carolina law in holding secret meetings with the Carolina Panthers.
Credit Julie Rose

The Charlotte City Council heard – but did not respond to – pointed accusations Monday night that they violated their own ethics policy in negotiating behind closed doors with the Carolina Panthers to spend tax dollars on Bank of America Stadium renovations.

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A Trifling Place
5:11 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

A Trifling Place, Episode 12: All The Queen's Cats

Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

Welcome to A Trifling Place, a podcast dedicated to exploring the ins-and-outs of Charlotte.


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Local News
5:00 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Panthers Get Special Access To Closed Council Meetings

Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson thanks the Charlotte City Council for committing tax dollars to renovate the stadium at a final meeting approving the deal on April 22, 2013.
Julie Rose

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.  But this case stands out because the Panthers were given unprecedented access to the council's process.


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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Wed May 1, 2013

News Roundtable: Mayor Foxx, Airport Authority, Panthers And More

Credit Julie Rose / WFAE

Is Mayor Foxx headed to Washington as the new Secretary of Transportation? His nomination may mean new leadership for the city. Who might fill his position here and what will Foxx face during his confirmation hearings. A panel of journalists and a political scientist share their thoughts on that and on the possible change in ownership of Douglas airport, Panther stadium funding and more when Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Observer
11:04 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Charlotte Leaders In February Believed Panthers Were Looking Into 2013 Sale

Panthers owner Jerry Richardson.
Credit Michael Tomsic

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.

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.

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Local News
9:28 am
Tue April 23, 2013

Panthers Get $87.5M Public Money For Stadium

Panthers owner Jerry Richardson thanks the Charlotte City Council for committing $87.5M to stadium renovations.
Credit Julie Rose

  Charlotte taxpayers will pick up nearly two-thirds of the $147 million tab to renovate and maintain Bank of America Stadium.

The Charlotte City Council voted unanimously Monday night to give the Panthers $87.5 million it will collect through a tax on prepared food over the next 10 years. 

In exchange for public money, the Panthers promise to stay in Charlotte for at least six years, with financial penalties that kick in if the team leaves within ten years. City staff call the deal a "tether" that will keep another city from poaching the team.  

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Local News
4:57 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

City's New Plan For Panthers: $87.5 Million

Panthers President Danny Morrison (far right) speaks a committee of the Charlotte City Councilman. City attorney Bob Hagemann (center) and Deputy City Manager Ron Kimble (left) negotiated the deal to invest $87.5 million in taxpayer money for Bank of America stadium renovations.
Credit Julie Rose

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.


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Local News
6:08 am
Tue April 16, 2013

The Carolinas' Divided NFL Loyalties

Data journalist Noah Veltman created a snapshot of North Carolina, based off the Facebook data.
Credit Noah Veltman / noahveltman.com

Nationally, the Panthers aren'’t one of the NFL'’s most popular teams. In fact, try 4th least popular, according to an ESPN Sports Poll taken last year--not too surprising, considering the team is only heading into its 18th season of existence.


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Local News
9:34 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Veteran Journalists Challenge City's Secret Meetings With Panthers

Attorney Paul Whitfield is representing former Charlotte reporters Ken Koontz, Bruce Bowers, Mike Cozza (l-r) and Wayne Powers (not pictured).
Credit Julie Rose

  A group of former Charlotte reporters from the 1970s are taking the city to court over its decision to negotiate behind closed doors for tax money to renovate Panthers' stadium. 

These same journalists and their lawyer sued the city for violating the state open meetings law in the early 1970's – and won. As a result, Superior Court Judge Frank Snepp placed the city under a permanent injunction against breaking the law.

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Local News
9:50 am
Tue April 2, 2013

New City Manager Ready To Deal With Challenges Simultaneously

Ron Carlee was sworn in as Charlotte City Manager on Monday night.
Credit Julie Rose

It's day two on the job for Charlotte City Manager Ron Carlee who was sworn in Monday night. But Carlee says he's actually been working for several weeks to get his arms around the many hot button issues facing the city right now.

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