California Officials Reach Out To Panthers Regarding L.A. Move
ESPN’s Adam Schefter said "high-powered California political officials" have been courting NFL Panthers Owner Jerry Richardson in the hopes of bringing the Panthers to L.A., but "with no luck to date." Richardson has "been polite and steadfast that he is committed to Charlotte and he isn’t moving the Panthers anywhere." The "only scenario in which he would listen would be if Charlotte balked at helping him with some of the stadium renovations the Panthers have been seeking" (“Sunday NFL Countdown,” ESPN, 11/11).
Some of the talks "occurred when the Democratic National Convention was in Charlotte," and L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa served as DNC Chair. Richardson today in a statement said, "It has always been my desire that the Carolinas would be the home of our Panthers. Nothing has changed. ... I hope that there would be no doubts about my personal devotion to the Carolinas" (ESPN.com, 11/11).