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Panthers are on L.A.’s radar

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Yes, there’s good reason for folks in Charlotte to be scared of Los Angeles.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that political officials in California have been courting Panthers owner Jerry Richardson regarding a possible move to L.A..  For now, Richardson isn’t interested.

But he could be, Schefter suggests, if folks in Carolina don’t want to help with renovations to Bank of America Stadium.

The fact that Richardson owns the venue means he can leave without litigation or concerns regarding the terms of a lease.  But what would Richardson do with the stadium if he abandons the city where it sits?  It could be used periodically for college games and concerts, but it makes no sense to move if moving means leaving behind a house that couldn’t be sold.

That said, it makes plenty of sense to use L.A.’s interest to leverage the locals into kicking in for the upgrades to the stadium that Richardson has no intention of leaving.

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32 Responses to “Panthers are on L.A.’s radar”
  1. norcalmafia says: Nov 11, 2012 11:13 AM

    Ey small market teams like Carolina,Seattle and Jacksonville etc arent very good sports towns.

  2. fuzzynuts55 says: Nov 11, 2012 11:13 AM

    This would rock!! Bring cam out to sunny Cali!!

  3. billinva says: Nov 11, 2012 11:17 AM

    What renovations need to be done?

    I’ve been there three times in the past two years, it’s a very nice stadium from a fans perspective.

  4. ronswansonsdinner says: Nov 11, 2012 11:18 AM

    Kobe was drafted by Charlotte and then traded to LA, Panthers win 5 titles if they move out there. Kobe logic.

  5. purplengold says: Nov 11, 2012 11:19 AM

    He wants others to pay for his upgrade? How cute.

  6. evolved4 says: Nov 11, 2012 11:23 AM

    Not to mention the lawsuits galore arising from being the first NFL team to move that has PSL owners. The Panthers are not moving to LA or anywhere else in the foreseeable future.

  7. someidiotfromouthereintheprojects says: Nov 11, 2012 11:24 AM

    this will never, ever happen, not in a million years. if it did happen, i would probably never watch another down of football for the rest of my life.

  8. pantherpro says: Nov 11, 2012 11:26 AM

    Makes perfect sense as value would double in LA and Cam would stick around being near Hollywood. Once Cam saw how state voted for Romney he is done with the rednecks! Hello Cali Cam!!!!

  9. dionoil says: Nov 11, 2012 11:27 AM

    its a power play, and it will work.

  10. cryanr says: Nov 11, 2012 11:28 AM

    Just what Cam needs, as if his personality and desire to be an “entertainer” and an “icon” isn’t enough.

  11. ar1888 says: Nov 11, 2012 11:34 AM

    Not even L.A. is desperate enough to want the Jaguars.

  12. motobus says: Nov 11, 2012 11:42 AM

    The NFL leads on LA.

    Teams lead on LA.

    Teams get new fancy parts for their stadiums.

    The NFL gets new stadiums for Superbowl venues.

  13. sonoco says: Nov 11, 2012 11:43 AM

    As a 49er fan I’d love to see the Rams return to the Southland and put the juice back into the NorCal-SoCal football rivalry. I miss that.

  14. kane337 says: Nov 11, 2012 11:43 AM

    Arthur Blank made a ton of renovations to the GA dome a few years ago with his own money. Jerry Richardson should do the same. Fans already are overpaying for those PSL’s. Use that money.

  15. i10east says: Nov 11, 2012 11:45 AM

    Please just move this team to LA already…

  16. usmutts says: Nov 11, 2012 11:54 AM

    Let them go to LA … And die a slow death like every other team that’s been there in the last 50 years.

    So Mr. Richardson owns a stadium and wants the taxpayers to open their wallets and add improvements to his assets. Welfare for the wealthy. How socialistic of him.

  17. giantssb42champs says: Nov 11, 2012 11:56 AM

    Look elsewhere LA. This is not happening. Charlotte and the Carolina region are great supporters of the Panthers despite their inferior product year after year. Not to mention that Jerry Richardson lives in Charlotte and apparently loves it there.

  18. liddogg33 says: Nov 11, 2012 11:56 AM

    Norcalmafia your idiocy never ceases to amaze me.. comparing the city of Seattle to Carolina and Jacksonville truly shows your complete and total ignorance!! Stick to stabbing people at candlestick you complete joke!!

  19. ndnut says: Nov 11, 2012 11:58 AM

    2 expansion teams in LA. 2 leagues on a promotion/Relegation structure. 16 games against everyone in your league. 2 playoff systems=cash cow. Everybody wins.

  20. waitingguilty says: Nov 11, 2012 11:59 AM

    I’m interested in Brooklyn Decker. However Andy Roddick should really not be worried.

    See how this works?

  21. djbrown0811 says: Nov 11, 2012 12:07 PM

    This team is firmly entrenched in Charlotte. Jerry Richardson is a man about legacy. His legacy is in the Carolinas region, the sole purpose for becoming an owner was to bring pro football to the Carolinas region. The financial hurdle he would have to clear to move this team to LA is incalculable. He would first have to sell BOA Stadium, and nobody would buy the venue without a permanent and steady revenue stream to operate it. This is a power play to get local government to kick in cash for stadium renovations and the city counsel would likely vote to help without this power play. To sum up, the Panthers are going nowhere but to Philadelphia for their next road game.

  22. raiderufan says: Nov 11, 2012 12:09 PM

    I am of the belief that the NFL does not want a team in LA right now….why would they? Every single year an owner who wants upgrades or a new stadium throws LA out there and gets what they want. What leverage would these guys have if LA gets a team? Being the 2nd team in LA? Maybe….

    I think reality is that LA won’t get a team until each team is closer to state of the art facilities and the league is ready to expand.

    The Panthers really don’t even have the option to move and yet they are using LA as leverage! They don’t even have a bottom 15 stadium and they are using LA!

  23. tomtravis76 says: Nov 11, 2012 12:10 PM

    Just announce expansion and if not, Miami should be the one fans in SoFl need to worry about, Ross owns the stadium and land.

  24. stairwayto7 says: Nov 11, 2012 12:12 PM

    If Panthers move to L.A. they will get rid of $Cam Newton! They would want a Cali qb,, Sanchez!

  25. patmcrotch says: Nov 11, 2012 12:15 PM

    How would mike tolbert feel about this. He took less money to move back home from cali.

  26. budramsfan says: Nov 11, 2012 12:16 PM

    LA as an NFL town is horrible, stop trying to steal other teams when you couldn’t keep a franchise there in the first place. If the city is so awesome then why does every team leave? That city is ran backward, just like the state. 9 billion in debt every year, what a joke.. They should split California into two states.

  27. rams1999 says: Nov 11, 2012 12:44 PM

    No not the Panthers. Not Cam Newton. Please.

  28. peopletrains says: Nov 11, 2012 12:46 PM

    I think there are a few teams yet with stadium issues (Buffalo, San Diego, Carolina…) and the NFL knows that having LA’s stadium vacant is a their best bargaining chip. I don’t see a team moving to LA until only a team or two are left, when that happens, those teams fans should be worried.

  29. ronswansonsdinner says: Nov 11, 2012 12:50 PM

    But but but…no one goes to the Bucs games, they are definitely going to LA. Send the Jags to LA and the Bills to Toronto.

  30. shankheath says: Nov 11, 2012 1:35 PM

    That stadium is so outdated. It doesn’t even have escalators?

  31. khmer379 says: Nov 11, 2012 1:47 PM

    one thing for sure is my vikings aint moving there

  32. kivory2 says: Nov 11, 2012 2:28 PM

    Some of you just fail to realize that the jags are not moving !!! So just keep dreaming

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