Charlotte “unlikely” to contribute taxpayer money for new Panthers headquarters

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With the Panthers exiting a failed effort to build a new team headquarters and practice facility in Rock Hill, South Carolina, it’s possible that the team will try to construct something in Charlotte. If it does, it likely won’t be getting free money from the city.

According to the Charlotte Observer, via Sports Business Journal, Charlotte council member Malcolm Graham said that the city is “unlikely to commit public dollars,” if the Panthers choose to go that route.

“Right now, we have other priorities we’re working with,” Graham said. “Dollars are limited. The biggest thing is we have other priorities.”

The local push and pull over taxpayer money has obvious relevance to the team’s desire to build a new stadium. Owner David Tepper will expect public money. What happens if he can’t get as much as he wants, or any at all?

Other cities have learned that lesson the hard way. Charlotte potentially could be next.

31 responses to “Charlotte “unlikely” to contribute taxpayer money for new Panthers headquarters

  1. Public funding of a stadium should always be decided by the voters. That should be the law in every city/state. In San Diego, the NFL learned that voters don’t want to pay for new stadiums. When the billionaire oligarchs come to your door saying their pockets are empty and they need your money – just say no.

  2. Good for them, this nonsense of taxpayers funding these teams worth billions has to stop.

  3. I don’t know how public funding of billionaire stadiums have became the norm…

  4. What it costs a family of 4 to attend an NFL football game is downright criminal these days and owner David Tepper is doing everything he can to push the funding of his “Panthers Headquarters” on the good people/Panthers fans of North Carolina. Once you make your first billion…all that matters is making the next billion.

  5. This is for new headquarters and practice facility, not even a stadium, the tax payer shouldn’t be paying for any of it.

  6. I agree but the problem is if Charlotte don’t pony up some other city will

  7. The same charlotte that voter no on toll lane highway expansion and got railroaded anyway? Them? If tepper threatens to take his ball and go elsewhere local leadership will fold up like origami.

  8. somebody should remind tep and the rest of the owners, “You can’t take it with you.”

  9. No matter how much money Charlotte throws at David Tepper, it’s his team.

    Tepper’s a strong negotiator, and he’s dealing from a position of strength.

    But this city can only afford to offer him so much.

  10. People who run the city have to make smart decisions with taxpayer money. That’s what they do. They invest taxpayer money. The goal is to get the best return on that investment. Many people think a pro sports team in town will generate much more money for the local economy and provide jobs. It’s like any other investment. You have to weigh the pros and cons. Hopefully the elected officials are good decision makers. The bottom line is you’ve been trusted by the taxpayers to invest their hard-earned money wisely.

  11. Is it just me, or has Tepper quickly become one of the more annoying owners in the league?

    The time to ask for money is when your team is actually, you know-like winning and there is a modicum of civic pride in the team. Panthers have been roadkill for like 5 years.

    Tepper is giving Cletus up in Cleveland a run for his money as the biggest joke owner.

  12. jimbo75025 says:
    May 6, 2022 at 8:28 pm
    Is it just me, or has Tepper quickly become one of the more annoying owners in the league?

    The time to ask for money is when your team is actually, you know-like winning and there is a modicum of civic pride in the team. Panthers have been roadkill for like 5 years.

    Tepper is giving Cletus up in Cleveland a run for his money as the biggest joke owner.

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  13. This is a issue that should unite people on both sides of the political aisle. No free workplaces (headquarters, practice fields, and especially stadiums) for billionaire owners of multi billion dollar teams in a league worth almost 100 billion. Any city that gives the NFL or any pro sports league a free stadium are complete suckers

  14. as a Panther Fan & an NFL fan the Owners should Pay for their own stadiums & training buildings

  15. I love how some will lambast Charlotte for not ponying up money for a private business under the guise that someone else will. Let that other city or state step up and move that rancid franchise to their place where those residents can get a personal hint of the stench. Once cities realize that public funds should not be used for private entities, then businesses will stop extorting to come there. The business will suddenly make prudent business decisions instead of taking what appears to be taxpayer funded bribes.

  16. Between questionable on-field decisions, and suspect off-field hijinks, Tepper has done great to alienate a strong fan base, a competitive franchise, and infect it all with at best apathy and at worst malignancy. Terrible horrible owner.

  17. Now that gambling money is coming into the league coffers, no taxpayer should ever be asked to pay for stadium costs again.

  18. Who cares about the Carolina Panthers when you have the Hurricanes in town AND the Charlotte Motor Speedway?

  19. bondlake says:
    May 7, 2022 at 9:05 am
    Who cares about the Carolina Panthers when you have the Hurricanes in town AND the Charlotte Motor Speedway?
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    Fun fact….neither one of those are in “town.” In fact the Hurricanes are a couple hours away from Charlotte.

  20. Honest question for the posters here. What should a team, like green bay, do when it comes to a stadium? They don’t have a billionaire owner. How should it work for them?

  21. I believe there are only three NFL franchises where public funding for a stadium is justified; Buffalo, Green Bay, and Cincinnati.

  22. Tepper will take the hit on this one then bend the taxpayers over when he builds his stadium.

  23. slipfan says:
    May 7, 2022 at 10:57 am
    Honest question for the posters here. What should a team, like green bay, do when it comes to a stadium? They don’t have a billionaire owner. How should it work for them?
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    The same way it works for every other team; the Packers make a profit too. And the Packers are also getting gambling money. And TV money.

    Taxpayers have more important (and essential) things that need funding before a football stadium.

  24. A billion dollar business owned by a billionaire can’t build it’s own facilities? Not a multi billion dollar stadium but a team facility? Just say no to this. Ridiculous.

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