Report: Fanatics owner could bid on Panthers

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As owner of the online retailer Fanatics, Michael Rubin has partnered with the NFL to sell jerseys and a report on Sunday indicates that he could be interested in a new role in the league.

The Charlotte Observer reports that Rubin is looking into a bid to buy the Panthers. Panthers owner Jerry Richardson announced his plan to sell the team this year after allegations of workplace misconduct were made against him late in the 2017 season.

Rubin sold an e-commerce business to eBay for $2.4 billion in 2011 while maintaining control of Fanatics, which operates the online merchandising for the NFL, other major sports leagues and teams in the United States. He owns pieces of the Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Devils that he would have to sell if chosen as the winning bidder for the Panthers.

David Tepper and Ben Navarro have been identified as other possible bidders for the team. The league could vote on approving a new owner at May’s league meetings if things progress as hoped in the coming weeks.

16 responses to “Report: Fanatics owner could bid on Panthers

  1. I wonder if they would consider an offer from a “Gofundme” page? I would definitely offer a couple hundred to join the effort. After all, GB fans pay that for a piece of “ownership” in their team.

  2. Whoa Whoa Whoa……where’s all the talk about the shoo-in owner group consisting of Puffy and Kapernick? Oh wait, that’s right, their chances on becoming major owners in the NFL were about as great as mine are on winning Monday’s Mega Millions or Wednesday’s Powerball. Ok, they might have a little better chance than 1 in 253 million but not by much.

  3. ez0682 says:

    P Diddy for the taking, haters wish they had his $ haters with dislikes in 3,2,1 hillbilly’s go make your beef jerkies lol
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    The scary part is someday this ^^^ generation will be running the country.

  4. P Diddy doesn’t have NFL owner money. He’s rap rich, but these guys are mogul rich. Jay-Z is richer than Diddy, and he could only get less than 1% of a basketball team. Diddy thought he could actually purchase an NFL franchise? In the words of Super Troopers, “i’ll believe that when me s*** turns purple and smells like rainbow sherbert”

    Let’s see who the REAL candidates are, not the ones who don’t have anywhere near the capital and just assume it should be given to them as some kind of affirmative action move granted by an antiquated dinosaur who’s mentality still exists in the 1950’s.

    Diddy can’t even decide what his own name is, how would he run an NFL team? “Aight, this year we’re the Carolina Piddies. Now we’re the P-Thers. Now we’re the Brother Love Cats. Nah scratch that, we’re the Piddies again…”

  5. skolvikings2017 says:
    March 11, 2018 at 1:17 pm
    Whoa Whoa Whoa……where’s all the talk about the shoo-in owner group consisting of Puffy and Kapernick? Oh wait, that’s right, their chances on becoming major owners in the NFL were about as great as mine are on winning Monday’s Mega Millions or Wednesday’s Powerball. Ok, they might have a little better chance than 1 in 253 million but not by much.

    There’s never been any such talk. I don’t think anyone ever seriously considered a Sean Combs ownership group as the leading candidate. They may be serious about it, and I think that is good, but no one ever said they were a “shoo in” for getting that team.

    So while you cast aspersions at what could have been, or still could be, a groundbreaking ownership group in an NFL that is 70% black, but has never had a black majority ownership group, might want to remember that sometimes sports gets things right the rest of us do not. If Sean Combs (not “Puffy”) and CK have the cash and the juice to pull it off, more power to them. It isn’t about race for me, but it is about welcoming some diversity to an ownership group that doesn’t always make the right decisions for the people they employ.

    Oh. And the Vikings shouldn’t have made it past the Wildcard round. They weren’t that good.

  6. ez0682 says:

    P Diddy for the taking, haters wish they had his $ haters with dislikes in 3,2,1 hillbilly’s go make your beef jerkies lol
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    Why do I get the feeling this is a white kid who grew up in the suburbs

  7. ez0682 says:
    March 11, 2018 at 12:48 pm
    P Diddy for the taking, haters wish they had his $ haters with dislikes in 3,2,1 hillbilly’s go make your beef jerkies lol
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    No one hates “P Diddy” for having millions. To be honest most are just amazed that a grown man that goes by a childish moniker can balance a check book, but good for him. Also just since your rocket science degree didn’t seem to cover common knowledge, let me help you look less foolish. Its “Beef JERKY, not Jerkies. Thanks for playing though !!

  8. I’m not a Sean Combs fan at all. He actually annoys me. But the obvious hate for the fact that wealthier possible buyers have emerged appears to have ignited the inner racist in you people. Why else would a grown person talk crap about another mans desire to grow his business and Serb high aspirations? Is it jealousy over the fact that he is self made and “rap rich?” I’m sure if you had your choice of his rap riches or your middle-class-ness, you’d choose the rap money. Bigots.

  9. ez0682 says:
    March 11, 2018 at 12:48 pm
    P Diddy for the taking, haters wish they had his $ haters with dislikes in 3,2,1 hillbilly’s go make your beef jerkies lol.
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    When did people start posting on this site in languages other than English?

    I hope this guy’s hockey helmet is strapped on tight.

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