Sports

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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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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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 Features
11:55 am
Thu December 20, 2012

Charlotte Hornets' Fans Leverage Social Media To "Bring Back The Buzz"

The logo for the "We-BEE-lieve" campaign.
John Morgan

There’s been a lot of BUZZ recently about a certain name returning to Charlotte. Yes, the speculation is the Hornets name could be coming back to the city's NBA team. The New owner of the New Orleans Hornets wants to change the team’s name to something a little more Louisiana-centric. When the news broke December 4 that the NBA team could drop the name as early as next season, it excited a lot of people who were upset when the Hornets left in 2002.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Art Forgery And The Charlotte Hornets 2.0

A real Giacometti and a counterfeit. Alberto Giacometti's work fetches a lot of money at auction and is ripe for forgery.
Credit Alberto Giacometti Foundation

Part One: Art Forgery and Alberto Giacometti. Counterfeits and forgeries plague the art world. Google "Pablo Picasso" or surf over to eBay and you can own your very own Picasso fake. It's something museums, galleries and artists foundations themselves are dedicated to fighting. And there's a lot of money at stake. The most expensive sculpture ever sold at auction was by a Swiss artist named Alberto Giacometti - it sold for $104 million in 2010. Because the artist's work is so valuable, it's ripe for forgeries. We'll meet the person who spends time fighting fraud and counterfeiting for the Alberto and Annette Giacometti Foundation and hear about the Giacometti exhibit now on display at the Bechtler.

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Sports
5:27 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Sporting News Ends Print Run, Goes All-Digital

After 126 years, the nation’s oldest sports magazine, Sporting News, is ending its print edition. The Charlotte-based magazine is going all-digital.

Before Sports Illustrated, there was The Sporting News. It was the national authority on baseball. In fact, it was commonly called the Bible of Baseball in the early 20th century.

The Sporting News evolved into more than a baseball publication, but it couldn’t keep up with Sports Illustrated, or ESPN The Magazine.

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Local News
10:28 am
Tue November 27, 2012

Athletic Department Insider Says UNC Tolerated Cheating

There are new allegations in the academic scandal in the UNC-Chapel Hill athletic department. UNC’s football team is already on NCAA probation, in part for improper help players got from a tutor. Now, a former academic support counselor named Mary Willingham has come forward with allegations that numerous people in her department knew there were problems, but looked the other way. In some cases, athletes were so far behind that academic success was almost impossible--- she says some had never read a book and didn’t know what a paragraph was.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Tue September 18, 2012

Fall Sports Preview

Carolina Panthers / Bank of America stadium
Flickr/Suzie T

Fall is in the air and so are a variety of balls. Footballs are being slung on fields all over America and right down the street at Panther Stadium. So are baseballs as the major league season rounds third and heads for home. Basketballs will be bouncing soon in Time Warner Arena and on Tobacco Road. Fall begins a very busy professional and college sports season and we’ll take a look at the Panthers, Bobcats, Hurricanes hockey and we’ll also check in on the progress of UNC Charlotte football and the prospect of uptown baseball.

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Sports
1:28 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Kayaker Caroline Queen Reflects On Her Experience At The London Olympics

Carolina Queen training at the US National White Water Center in Charlotte.
Tanner Latham

WFAE followed Davidson College junior and Olympic kayaker Caroline Queen’s Olympic experience. As the fall semester got underway, she spoke to Duncan McFadyen about her time in London.

MCFADYEN: What was it like, going over to London, knowing you were competing in the Olympic Games? Tell us some of your experiences. 

Well I think London was a wonderful host city.  Everyone was really excited to have us, and it was pretty well organized from what I could tell. It was just an incredible experience overall; definitely unique.

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