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TAXPAYERS GETTING BIT ON THE HAND BY PANTHERS?
Published September 5, 1995
ESPN's Stuart Scott reported that taxpayer money is being used to build a practice facility for the Panthers on the campus of the private Wofford College. $500,000 is coming from the Economic Development Administration, a Commerce Department agency that assists financially strapped areas, and $750,000 from the Appalachian Regional Commission. Tom Schatz, President of Citizens Against Government Waste: "The original intention of the ARC was not to build football stadiums. It was to help educate people and get them out of poverty." Appalachian Regional Commission Co-Chair Jesse White: "The way we looked at it was we were not participating in funding the facility for the Panthers. We were participating in helping a local college develop a facility in a high unemployment, high poverty area." Panthers Owner Jerry Richardson refused ESPN's request for an interview ("SportsCenter," ESPN, 9/1).