Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson has denied he has any plans to consider uprooting the franchise and moving it to Los Angeles.
Any such talk about a move of the Panthers should be met with skepticism. In fact, when you hear about the possible relocation of any club to Los Angeles, there is at least at some level a play being made for support for a new stadium or stadium upgrade.
The Minnesota Vikings leveraged Los Angeles in getting a new stadium deal done earlier this year.
“As someone who was born in North Carolina and lived much of my life in South Carolina, I hope that there would be no doubts about my personal devotion to the Carolinas,” Richardson said in a statement released by the team, according to the Charlotte Observer.
The Panthers are in the midst of planning stages for stadium renovation. Perhaps Richardson would like the locals to kick in some money for that work.
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