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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
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  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.
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  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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Sunday headlines
9:50 am
Sun February 10, 2013

2 Men Charged With Running Big Dogfighting Ring In E. Charlotte

Charlotte Mecklenburg Police have shut down a major dog fighting ring in East Charlotte. On Friday, officers raided a house on Carelock Circle off Albemarle Road after neighbors complained about barking. They found pit bulls on chains as well as items used to train fighting dogs.

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Local News
4:38 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Council, Panthers Strike Deal That Calls For $143 Million From City

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The Charlotte City Council this afternoon reached a tentative deal with the Carolina  Panthers to spend $143 million on improvements at Bank of America Stadium.  In exchange, the Panthers agree to stay in Charlotte for at least 15 years. Without this deal, City Attorney Bob Hagemann says the city could lose the team at any time.

"It's a lot of money, but if the public would look at other NFL stadium deals in recent years, this is relatively modest and we think this is a very good deal to keep such an important asset – one of 32 NFL franchises – here in North Carolina," he said.

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Local News
5:10 am
Thu February 7, 2013

As Panthers Seek A Cut, A City Sales Tax Primer

Credit Jennifer Lang / WFAE

The Carolina Panthers say their 17- year old stadium needs an upgrade and they want taxpayers to pitch in. City of Charlotte officials are busy negotiating behind closed doors to come up with as much as half of the $250 million renovation.  They're reportedly looking at doubling the city's tax on prepared foods, such as meals in restaurants. That's not the only local tax Charlotte has used to fund big projects in the past. We asked WFAE's Julie Rose to sort out the sales taxes Charlotte has access to, as this debate over upgrading Bank of America stadium unfolds. 

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Tue January 29, 2013

The Business Of Sports

  Sports have become big business in Charlotte, but the financial aspects of at least two of our local teams have been the source of controversy. Jerry Richardson, Owner of the Carolina Panthers, has asked the city— - which means taxpayers - to fund $125 million in stadium renovations. Meanwhile the Charlotte Knights are set to build an uptown baseball stadium; also a move met with mixed reactions. We’'ll look at that latest coaching moves, the likely economic costs of these most recent proposals and more when Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Observer
10:01 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Convention Center Money Could Help Cover Panthers Stadium Upgrades

Bank of America Stadium
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  Rather than raise taxes to help pay for Bank of America Stadium renovations, the city of Charlotte could cover almost all of the team’s $125 million request by using Convention Center money.

New estimates from the city show that a Convention Center fund could finance $110 million in debt.

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Local News
9:25 am
Wed January 16, 2013

New Panthers' GM's Job Is 'To Fix Things'

Dave Gettleman addresses the media in Charlotte for the first time as Panthers' general manager.
Michael Tomsic

The Carolina Panthers new general manager says if he does his job right, the team will win a Super Bowl. Those were among Dave Gettleman’s comments at his introductory press conference Tuesday at the Panther’s stadium. 

Panthers’ owner Jerry Richardson laid it out simply for his newest hire:

"One of the things a general manager has to do, is he has to be able to fix things," Richardson said.

Dave Gettleman has a lot to fix. He’s taking over a team that hasn’t made the playoffs in four years and hasn’t won a playoff game since 2006. 

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Local News
4:19 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Behind Closed Doors, Panthers Ask Council For Stadium Upgrades

The City Council is considering providing public funds to renovate Bank of America stadium.
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The Charlotte City Council met Monday night behind closed doors with Panthers president Danny Morrison and owner Jerry Richardson. The team is seeking public support for renovation of their 16-year-old stadium. But, Panthers officials won’t talk about it, the mayor won’t talk about it, and (only) a limited number of staff have been let in on it.

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