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Local News
4:00 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Panthers Stadium Funding Measure Clears State House

A funding plan for Bank of America Stadium renovations has cleared the state House. On Wednesday afternoon, Representative Ruth Samuelson's measure passed with little debate.

"There are no new taxes; there is no new revenues – state or local," said Samuelson, introducing her bill for debate on the House floor. "There are just two new options for the Charlotte City Council – which has joined us here today – to consider."

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Charlotte Observer
1:21 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Panthers Stadium Bill Moves Forward In N.C. House

Bank of America Stadium
Credit Mark Hames / Charlotte Observer

  RALEIGH A day after speaking to a top Carolina Panthers official, the main sponsor of a bill to help finance improvements to the team’s stadium said Thursday there’s “a natural sense of urgency” to the effort.

Republican Rep. Ruth Samuelson said Panthers President Danny Morrison, just back from NFL meetings in Arizona, told her about public financing plans for stadiums in Atlanta, Buffalo and Minnesota.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Mon March 18, 2013

News Roundtable: North Carolina Politics

North Carolina State Legislative Building
Credit NC General Assembly

The Republican-run General Assembly has been busy in North Carolina. Less than half-way through the six month session and we've no shortage of controversial topics to tackle. Voter ID laws and tax reform are biggies. Then there's the frost relationship between Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx and his predecessor who's now in the Governor's Mansion. Charlotte finds itself scraping for state support to renovate Bank of America Stadium and prevent a takeover of the city-owned airport. We take it all in with a panel of political experts, when Charlotte Talks.

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Local News
5:20 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Enlisting Coaches In The Effort To Prevent Domestic Violence

Ron Rivera and CBS sportscaster James Brown talk to coaches.
Credit Lisa Miller

Coaches can have a big impact on kids on and off the field.  With that in mind, a group working to prevent domestic violence gathered together a couple hundred coaches in Charlotte Thursday. They discussed how to grow players into respectful, young men.  

The group A Call To Men knows how to get coaches to listen up.  Call in Carolina Panthers Coach Ron Rivera.

“When I started here, the very first thing I put up on my first PowerPoint: be a man,” Rivera told the coaches.      

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Local News
2:00 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Charlotte Offers Compromise Tax For Panthers, Amateur Sports

The Carolina Panthers have asked Charlotte to contribute about $144 million to a renovation plan for Bank of America Stadium that will cost as much as $300 million.
Credit Flickr/Suzie T

 Charlotte is up to bat again in Raleigh tomorrow on its other big legislative battle – this one to get approval for a tax hike that would help renovate Bank of America Stadium. Lawmakers balked at the city's initial request to double the local restaurant tax for a period of 30 years.  Now the city is offering a compromise.

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The Charlotte Observer
11:52 am
Fri March 8, 2013

Deadspin Report: Panthers Profits Nearly $100 Million Over Two Years

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 Deadspin.

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Local News
2:53 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Bill Allows City To Pay For Stadium Upgrades, But Not With New Taxes

State lawmakers have introduced a bill that would allow the city of Charlotte to pay for renovations to Bank of America stadium, but not the way the city wants to.  The bill sponsored by four Mecklenburg County lawmakers gives the city flexibility to redirect tax money earmarked for the convention center. 

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Charlotte Observer
12:22 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

GOP Lawmakers: Charlotte Voters Should Decide On Food Tax For Stadium

Rep. Bill Brawley
Credit ncleg.net

  RALEIGH Two Republican lawmakers say any effort to raise Charlotte’s prepared food tax to help upgrade Bank of America Stadium would require a vote by the public.

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Local News
8:11 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Panthers Running Backs Contribute To Salary Cap Woes

Carolina Panthers on the field.
Credit Jas&Suz / Flickr

  While the Carolina Panthers are in talks to upgrade their stadium, they also need to figure out who will play in it next season. The team is more than $10 million over next year’s league-wide salary cap. That means dropping expensive players and reworking contracts to get below the cap by March 12.

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Charlotte Observer
9:51 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Charlotte Mayor's Letter Started Discussion With Carolina Panthers On Stadium Renovations

A panoramic view of Bank of America Stadium taken from John Belk Freeway. This photo is comprised of several photos stitched together.
Credit Mark Hames / Charlotte Observer

  The city’s plan to contribute $125 million toward renovating Bank of America stadium started with a letter Mayor Anthony Foxx sent to the team last September, Carolina Panthers president Danny Morrison said Monday.

During the past year, the football team had commissioned studies on possible renovations to the 17-year-old stadium. The city had been part of some meetings with the Panthers, but had received no request for aid.

Foxx’s letter raised the prospect of city investment in the project, Morrison said, leading to three months of private negotiations and debate.

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