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Panthers Owner Richardson Says He Has No Intention Of Moving Team To L.A.
Published November 12, 2012
EASY TARGET: In L.A., Sam Farmer wrote the talk of a possible move is “a telegraphed pass.” The way for teams to “fire a shot over the bow of their home cities is to bring up L.A. -- or have it brought up for them.” It is “no accident that in his statement Richardson doesn't completely rule out the possibility of leaving.” Richardson is “close friends with Patrick Soon-Shiong, the L.A. billionaire who is interested in buying AEG and being an owner of an NFL team." Farmer: "So it's not inconceivable for Soon-Shiong, who needs Richardson to pave the way for him with the NFL, to do the Panthers owner a solid by nudging an L.A. politician to gin up interest in Carolina’s team, even if there are other franchises far more likely to relocate” (LATIMES.com, 11/11). SI.com's Peter King writes when Richardson "issues a statement saying he is devoted to the Carolinas without saying he categorically wouldn't move to Los Angeles, you know it's a leverage play to get public money to rehab his stadium" (SI.com, 11/12).