Goodell: Keeping Panthers in Charlotte “certainly” the intent

Getty Images

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was asked a couple of questions about the Panthers during his Wednesday press conference in Minneapolis that were both related to team owner Jerry Richardson’s plan to sell the team this year.

One had to do with the investigation into the workplace misconduct allegations against Richardson that surfaced just before he put the team up for sale. The other had to do with the possibility that a new owner might want to move the Panthers to a new city.

“I think all of us and the owners believe Carolina is a great market,” Goodell said. “It’s a market we would like to stay in and we hope that the franchise owner that’s eventually selected will have that view. As you know, that is subject to review by the ownership in the ownership process and I’m sure that will be a question that many owners will ask, and I think that will clearly be the intent of our ownership.”

Relocation bids are subject to a vote by owners and must get 75 percent in order to get league approval. Patriots owner Robert Kraft said on Wednesday that he didn’t think such a bid would find that kind of support among his peers.

“I’d be very surprised if someone would try to move that team,” Kraft said, via Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer. “First of all, Charlotte’s an amazing area. … It’s an area of growth. The fans there have been great. I think a new owner would have a very tough time getting 24 votes to move the team.”

There have been scattered reports of interested suitors, but nothing has moved forward since the Panthers were eliminated from the playoffs earlier this month.

11 responses to “Goodell: Keeping Panthers in Charlotte “certainly” the intent

  1. Charlotte and surrounding areas is one of the fastest growing markets in America. They own their own stadium, which is in perfectly great shape.

    There is no chance anyone is taking the Panthers anywhere. It doesn’t make sense on any level.

  2. YUP….Said the Same Thing In San Diego
    The NFL lost a great city to host a Super Bowl in….today was 80 degrees and not a cloud in the sky but enjoy that 3 degree weather in Minnesota in Early February
    Makes perfect sense

  3. wahoo21 says:
    January 31, 2018 at 10:16 pm
    YUP….Said the Same Thing In San Diego
    The NFL lost a great city to host a Super Bowl in….today was 80 degrees and not a cloud in the sky but enjoy that 3 degree weather in Minnesota in Early February
    Makes perfect sense
    *************************************************************
    Who are you trying to fool, yourself?

    The Chargers had no fan base at all in San Diego, it was always a home game for the opposition.

  4. It sucks when owners do that to a city. Not much you can do. Hopefully you like the new stadium. US Bank is really beautiful.

  5. “YUP….Said the Same Thing In San Diego”
    —————————————————-

    Unlike San Diego, Charlotte (and the state legislature)won’t hesitate to bend over for the NFL and the new ownership group. If they want a new stadium, they’ll get one. No matter how much Joe Taxpayer gets screwed in the process.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!