Sports

Local News
4:44 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

'World Series' Of Minor League Baseball Comes To Charlotte In 2014

Workers install sod at BB&T Ballpark in uptown Charlotte on November 5, 2013.
Credit Charlotte Knights

Minor League Baseball’s big game is coming to Charlotte. The league announced Tuesday that BB&T Ballpark will host the 2014 Triple-A National Championship Game. 


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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Sports Financing: Teams And Their Cities

Panthers stadium
Credit 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.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Wed August 21, 2013

UNC Charlotte 49ers Football

Coming up at the end of the month, an event will take place At UNC Charlotte that has never happened before- the University will host its very first college football game. The 49ers previously have not had a football program, but an effort years in the making has culminated in the development of a new team over the past couple of years, and on August 31, they play their very first home game. We'll talk about what it means to the University, its students, alumni and supporters, and what effect a collegiate football team could mean for Charlotte, when Charlotte Talks.

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Local News
3:25 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Dozens Of Olympic Swimmers Compete In Charlotte

Michael Chadwick and Matthew Josa, SwimMAC teammates, will compete at Charlotte UltraSwim.
Credit Jeff Siner / Charlotte Observer

  There are 22 Olympic medal winners diving into the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center this weekend – and that's only counting the Americans. 

Some of the fastest swimmers in the world begin competing in Charlotte Thursday. Hundreds of swimmers are coming to town for the Charlotte UltraSwim, including dozens of Olympians from the U.S. and abroad. The competition has taken place here since 1986.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Tue April 23, 2013

Sports, Ethics And Society

Athletes have long been seen as societal role models, whether they like it or not. But in recent years, there's been a push in the sports community to use sports and athletes as agents for change, acceptance and for athletes to be leaders in matters of moral influence. We'll talk with representatives from both collegiate and professional sports programs who will discuss the ways they are pushing athletes in their organizations to use their position to better society and improve the communities in which they live, and more, 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
2:53 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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Local News
11:14 am
Thu February 14, 2013

York County Looks At The Future Of Knights Stadium Property

A Charlotte Knights game at the team's stadium in Rock Hill, SC. The facility will stand empty in the 2014 season, when the team starts playing uptown.
Credit katiemeigs / Flickr

The Charlotte Knights are gearing up for their last season of baseball in Fort Mill, South Carolina---their home since 1990. Construction is underway Uptown on the new BB&T Field. That will leave York County with an empty stadium that could become a liability to taxpayers. So the county is looking at what to do with it, come 2014. Duncan McFadyen spoke to Mark Farris, Director of Economic Development for York county. He says a Charlotte company is interested in buying the stadium property, but the county is considering all of its options.


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Local News
10:34 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Charter School's Basketball Program Raises Questions Over State Funding

Credit GonchoA / Flickr

Charter schools are supposed to offer a free, independent alternative to traditional public schools. North Carolina has just over 100 of them, and the state board of education is expected to approve 25 more at its February meeting.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Wed February 6, 2013

Ron Green Jr. On Sports Writing

For the past three decades Ron Green Jr. has chased two elusive goals. One is to get a hole-in-one playing golf and the other is to write the perfect golf story. He has come far closer to the second goal and many times over. Green Jr. followed in his father's footsteps into the offices of the Charlotte Observer and after 22 years at the paper he is moving on. Ron Green Jr. joins us to talk about writing for sports, specifically golf, journalism at the Observer and about the next chapter in his career as a journalist, when Charlotte Talks.

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