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Published March 28, 2013
CAT SCRATCH FEVER: In Charlotte, Jim Morrill notes the North Carolina House "passed a bill that would allow the city to use taxes, now earmarked for the Charlotte Convention Center," toward renovating Bank of America Stadium. The bill now goes to the state Senate, and city officials are "confident the measure will persuade the team to stay in Charlotte." The taxes "would generate" around $110M of the city's original $144M deal with the Panthers, a "so-called 'tether' tying the team to Charlotte for 15 years" (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 3/28).
SUN DEVIL ALSO RISES: In Phoenix, Jeff Metcalfe noted the '16 season is "the soonest" the Arizona State Univ. football team will be playing in a new Sun Devil Stadium. ASU AD & VP/Athletics Steve Patterson yesterday said that a "financing plan while not final is starting to come together and if 'a few political decisions' go ASU's way between now and the end of the school year that a timetable could be set under which" ASU would play at another stadium in '15 before returning in '16 (AZCENTRAL.com, 3/27).