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NFL Panthers Hope To Begin Bank Of America Stadium Renovations After '13 Season
Published February 13, 2013
WHEN IT MATTERED MOST: Morrison said that Richardson “got involved in the negotiations with the city only once.” In Charlotte, Peter St. Onge writes Richardson's involvement happened “after City Council members urged that the Panthers agree to be tethered to Charlotte for 15 years, not the 10 that city staff and team officials had tentatively agreed to.” Morrison said that it was then that Richardson “stepped in and agreed to 15” (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 2/13).
STEPPING UP TO THE PLATE: In Charlotte, Steve Lyttle reports SMI Chair & CEO Bruton Smith yesterday said that he would be “willing to buy” the Panthers from Richardson. Smith said, “If the price is right, I’d be interested.” He added, “I would commit to the city -- and I would not ask for money” (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 2/13). Also in Charlotte, Tom Sorensen writes the “showmanship and improvisation that characterize Bruton’s race tracks could work at Bank of America Stadium” (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 2/13).