Goodell: Interest in sale of Panthers “unprecedented”

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The league is still investigating Panthers owner Jerry Richardson’s alleged workplace misconduct, but otherwise the news seemed good for him.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said owners got a presentation from the Panthers on the sale of the team, and described the interest in the team as “unprecedented.”

The previous record for a sale of an NFL team was the $1.4 billion the Bills fetched in 2014, and early estimates on the Panthers sale put it in the $2.5 billion range. One bidder is in Charlotte today, and Goodell said that the hope remains a buyer will be able to be ratified at the May meeting in Atlanta.

What’s not clear is any potential punishment for Richardson.

Goodell said he hasn’t gotten an update from Mary Joe White in the last 30 days regarding her investigation, and couldn’t offer any comment beyond that. Asked if he expected to rule before the sale of the team, he said the league would rule when the investigation was complete, without a timeline.

10 responses to “Goodell: Interest in sale of Panthers “unprecedented”

  1. Imagine if a team with a huge fan base were to sell, the numbers would be astronomical.

    The Bills have a tiny delusional fan base and while the Panthers have a bigger fan base, it’s still relatively small.

  2. joetoronto says:
    March 28, 2018 at 12:28 pm
    Imagine if a team with a huge fan base were to sell, the numbers would be astronomical.

    The Bills have a tiny delusional fan base and while the Panthers have a bigger fan base, it’s still relatively small.

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    Good point. Do you think that once the Raiders move to Las Vegas they will have any remaining fan base whatsoever?

  3. Some of you have clearly never bee in Charlotte or the Carolinas and don’t realize that, while not the Cowboys or the Patriots, this is not really a small market team. This is one of the fastest growing cities in the country and people are migrating here exponentially. I am not at all surprised there is so much interest.

  4. Usually teams being sold aren’t in the playoffs in a growing market where they dominate the sports scene. Even with an older stadium, it’s manageable and can generate decent income without hassles of finding finances for a new one soon.

    You essentially have a money making operation from the start with little headaches. That’s why interest and the price are so high.

  5. Next up for sale….the Chargers. ‘Renting’ everything. No fan base as Rams have a lock. Residual fans are Raider Nation and will never support the Chargers. Chargers have a big mountain to climb in LA

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