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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.
Credit Flickr/Suzie T

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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Charlotte Observer
9:48 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Carolina Panthers Seek $125 Million From Charlotte For Bank Of America Stadium Renovation

Bank of America Stadium
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  The Carolina Panthers asked the Charlotte City Council in closed session late Monday for $125 million to help pay for renovating Bank of America Stadium, according to two sources.

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Charlotte Observer
9:53 am
Fri January 11, 2013

Cleveland Browns Hire Carolina Panthers Assistant Rob Chudzinski

Panthers offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski observes players on the practice fieled during the first day of Panthers minicamp on June 12, 2012.
Credit David T. Foster III / Charlotte Observer

  The most eventful week in recent Panthers history took an unexpected turn Thursday night when offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski was hired as head coach of the Cleveland Browns. 

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Local News
9:33 am
Mon December 3, 2012

Carolina Panthers Lose To Chiefs In Emotional Game

The Carolina Panthers lost to the Chiefs Sunday in what was an emotional scene in Kansas City. The game was played a day after one of the Chiefs' starting linebackers killed his girlfriend and then himself.

Chiefs' linebacker Jovan Belcher shot and killed his girlfriend early Saturday morning, and then drove to the team's practice facility and killed himself in front of his coach Romeo Crennel and general manager.

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Sports
2:13 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

Rivera At A Loss

Credit Jeff Siner / Charlotte Observer

Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera says he’s searching for answers to solving the team’s string of disappointing losses. He just isn’t finding them.

“If we were losing games by 14 points, OK, we're not good enough. But when you lose close games, you are good enough. There's something missing,” Rivera said Monday during his weekly press conference at Bank of America stadium. “There's something we have to find and we've got to get past and through those things, and we've got to make plays.”

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Charlotte Observer
10:41 pm
Sun November 18, 2012

Panthers Reach New Low

Carolina Panthers' Josh Thomas looks up at the video display while walking off the field after playing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Bank of America Stadium.
Credit David T. Foster III / Charlotte Observer

Panthers fans have become accustomed to fourth-quarter losses under Ron Rivera. But this one was worse than all the others – at least according to Rivera, whose tenure as the Panthers’ coach looks to be drawing to a hasty and disappointing end.

But this one was worse than all the others – at least according to Rivera, whose tenure as the Panthers’ coach looks to be drawing to a hasty and disappointing end.

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Sunday Headlines
10:07 am
Sun November 18, 2012

County Commission Must Decide How To Address Meck Revaluation Flaws

How Mecklenburg County responds to complaints about flaws in the 2011 property revaluation is now up to county commissioners. An outside consultant who reviewed the revaluation delivered a final report to the county Friday, and it’s on the agenda for Tuesday’s County Commission meeting.

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Local News
5:54 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

After 1-5 Start, Panthers Fire GM Marty Hurney

The Carolina Panthers fired their general manager, Marty Hurney, Monday. That’s after the Panthers have lost five of their first six games.

This is not how the Panthers’ season was supposed to go.

As one example of just how high expectations were, Panthers’ offensive lineman Ryan Kalil took out a full-page ad in the Charlotte Observer in July predicting the team would win the Super Bowl.

Now, the team is 1-5, and its general manager for the last decade is out of a job. Here’s head coach Ron Rivera:

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