Carolina Panthers

7 In A Row For Panthers

Nov 24, 2013
DAVID T. FOSTER III / Charlotte Observer

The Carolina Panthers shook off a Monday night hangover, picked up the pace in the second half against the Miami Dolphins and set the stage for a repeat performance from Comeback Cam.

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton didn’t have a signature drive to win a game in the final minute in the first 41 games of his career.

Now he has two in seven days.

Newton’s 1-yard touchdown pass to tight end Greg Olsen with 43 seconds left lifted the Panthers to a 20-16 victory against Miami on Sunday in front of a crowd of 60,156 and a lot of empty orange seats at Sun Life Stadium.

Michael Tomsic

Uptown Charlotte was festive last night before, during and after the Carolina Panthers’ first Monday Night Football game in five years. The Panthers defeated the New England Patriots 24-20 at Bank of America Stadium to improve their record to 7-3. It was the Panthers’ sixth win in a row.


Panthers Suddenly In National Spotlight, Playoff Hunt

Nov 18, 2013
Carolina Panthers - Melissa Melvin-Rodriguez

What a difference five games can make. The Carolina Panthers started the season 1-3 and many were calling for the firing of coach Ron Rivera. Now, after winning five games in a row, the team is poised to make a playoff run. It's safe to say that tonight's Monday Night Football game against the Patriots is the hottest ticket in town.

Charlotte Observer Sports Columnist Tom Sorensen joined us to discuss the turnaround for the Panthers.


Patrick Cannon
City of Charlotte

Thursday’s mayoral debate in Charlotte was largely routine, but one comment in particular has drawn some scrutiny. City councilman and Democratic candidate Patrick Cannon denied involvement in the city’s controversial closed door discussions with the Carolina Panthers earlier this year, but city records tell a different tale.


Flickr/Suzie T

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.

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.

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

Sep 20, 2013
Ben Bradford / WFAE

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


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.


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.

Charlotte Leaders In February Believed Panthers Were Looking Into 2013 Sale

Apr 24, 2013
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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