Saw the story in the Charlotte Business Journal in which Charlotte Chamber president Bob Morgan talked about the possibility of the Carolina Panthers leaving Charlotte for Los Angeles.
"That reality scares the hell out of me," Morgan said.
Some people get out of bed in the morning looking for a reason to be scared.
The Panthers are owned by Jerry Richardson, who was born in N.C., attended college in S.C., began his restaurant business in S.C., and lives in Charlotte. The team is his legacy, and his legacy is not in California.
Richardson is 76 and underwent a heart transplant. The story says Richardson has not announced a plan for a successor, and he hasn't.
I talked to him a few years ago about his succession plan.
"Do you know who will take the team over when you finish?" I asked.
"Yes," he said.
"Who?" I asked.
"Yes," he said.
The NFL is by far the most popular entity in U.S. sports, and I understand the concern about Charlotte and the Carolinas no longer being part of it.
The only place the Panthers are going is Philadelphia. That's where they play their next road game.
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