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NFL In L.A. Remains In Limbo; Sources Say No Relocation Prior To '14 Season
Published January 17, 2013
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CAROLINA IN MY MIND: SB Nation’s Bomani Jones said of the city of Charlotte endorsing $125M in city funds for the NFL Panthers to renovate Bank of America Stadium, "As long as the Los Angeles market is out there," teams in smaller cities will have "plenty of people trying to make sure that they are just fine and happy and they won’t wind up going anywhere." The lack of an NFL team in the L.A. market is "great news" for the Jaguars, Panthers and “all those other teams in all those cities that you would never go visit on your own” ("Around The Horn," ESPN, 1/16). In Charlotte, Tom Sorensen writes, "If I’m Charlotte, I give the Panthers the money under one air-tight, stone-cold, non-negotiable condition: the team commits to the town." Sorensen: "Specifically, the Panthers agree not to leave. ... Charlotte should compel the Panthers to commit for at least 10 years, and perhaps for 15" (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 1/17). Meanwhile, Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio noted a "key piece of information to keep in mind" is that Panthers Owner Jerry Richardson also owns the stadium. Florio: "If you buy that team and move it, you’re buying a stadium that you’re never going to use. I don’t look for the Carolina Panthers to be moving anytime soon” (“Pro Football Talk,” NBC Sports Network, 1/16).
SELLING SIN CITY: In Las Vegas, Alan Snel writes while boosters of a proposed stadium project on the UNLV campus "have mentioned an NFL Pro Bowl and NFL pre-season games as potential events," there is "only one problem." The NFL "doesn't appear likely it would stage a Pro Bowl event or sanction a game at the proposed 'Mega-Event Center.'" NFL VP/Communications Brian McCarthy this week in an e-mail said that it is "unlikely the league would have any interest in staging an all-star game event such as the Pro Bowl at the proposed UNLV stadium." McCarthy added that sports gambling is "the reason the NFL would not likely get involved in holding a Pro Bowl or approving preseason games" in the city (LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL, 1/17).