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Local News
10:21 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Hard-hitting, Public Safety Football In Charlotte

Cobras defenders bring down the NYPD's running back.
Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

While the Carolina Panthers and the UNCC 49ers take a break for the off-season, another team is playing football in Charlotte—the Cobras, a team of policeman, firemen, medics, and other area emergency responders.

WFAE’s Ben Bradford attends the Charlotte Cobras vs. NYPD’s Finest, the defending champs.

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Sports
10:33 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Charlotte 49ers Marching Band Will Join Team In 2015

The 25-member drum line performs during a game on October 12.
Wade Bruton UNC Charlotte

UNC Charlotte's football team is gaining momentum but fans can't help but think something is missing.  The school recently announced plans to build a marching band by 2015.  

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Sports
10:12 am
Thu August 29, 2013

49ers Football Ready To Launch

Freshman Nick Carroll (#91) runs at fellow defensive ends, junior Devon Johnson (#96) and red-shirt freshman James Middleton (#92) during a drill at Tuesday's practice.
Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

Amidst the running, the hitting, the yelling, and the whistles of practice, is the occasionally cry of “Game Week!”

The UNC Charlotte 49ers football team is excited. The team plays its first game on Saturday, at home, against the Campbell Camels, more than five years after the school’s Board of Trustees approved the program. The team has been practicing for more than a year. Wide receiver Mikel Hunter says he’s looking forward to just playing against someone who’s not on his own team.

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A Trifling Place
12:47 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Episode 10: The Charlotte Ninety-Niners

These American Gold Eagle coins at Perry's in South Park contain one ounce of pure gold. One ounce is currently worth $1,385.
Tasnim Shamma

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

When I first moved here, there was one billboard that I found really confusing. It was for the new '49ers football team at UNC Charlotte. 

The only 49ers I know of are 3,000 miles away … in San Francisco.

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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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Sports
1:32 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

First Practice For The 49ers

The 49ers will play their first game in August of 2013.
Tanner Latham

While there were no helmets or pads, there was a lot of running.

About 85 football players, all decked out in their squeaky clean t-shirts, shorts, and cleats ran full field sprints.  For the next three weeks, they’ll be doing these daily conditioning drills and learning their position techniques.

The first game is not until August 31st, 2013, over a year away. Because of that, head coach Brad Lambert says one of his biggest challenges is to keep it these practices creative.  

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