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#25 PantherTrain84

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Posted 25 September 2012 - 11:49 AM

It has been said his son would take over. Panthers won't be going anywhere. It's not easy for other cities to just get NFL teams and besides, a lot more teams have it way worse than us. Jaguars or Bucs would be moved to another city before the Panthers.

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Posted 25 September 2012 - 11:50 AM

It's worth discussing

i suppose, but it's a very short discussion that no one really knows much about and, as i said, really worry about.

it's a discussion that took place quite a bit around here when jerry had the heart transplant and has happened at other times, like when he fired his two sons...but the result was usually the same. we don't know. there really isn't that much to do other than speculate about things that no one has enough information to make anything close to an informed decision. all we know is that most of us don't want the team to move but also most don't feel that is something likely to happen.

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Posted 25 September 2012 - 11:52 AM

I'm going to own the Panthers. . .one day.

(scratches lotto ticket)

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Posted 25 September 2012 - 11:53 AM

i suppose, but it's a very short discussion that no one really knows much about and, as i said, really worry about.

it's a discussion that took place quite a bit around here when jerry had the heart transplant and has happened at other times, like when he fired his two sons...but the result was usually the same. we don't know. there really isn't that much to do other than speculate about things that no one has enough information to make anything close to an informed decision. all we know is that most of us don't want the team to move but also most don't feel that is something likely to happen.

True enough for pie. Till then we'll make fun of it. Atferwards we will meltdown and the cycle will continue.

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Posted 25 September 2012 - 12:16 PM

Probably someone in his family will inherit the Panthers. The Panthers have never had issues selling tickets and I never understand this forums constant paranoia about the Panthers leaving.

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Posted 25 September 2012 - 12:35 PM

I'm no expert, but probably a rich man.

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Posted 25 September 2012 - 01:04 PM

I would think it would go to his Wife.

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Posted 25 September 2012 - 01:07 PM

15 men comprised the original owners group. I know that Mark and Jon Richardson retained their ownership rights (whatever percentage that is) when they left the organization. I feel certain some ownership was provided to Danny Morrison in his package, but I don't know that for sure.

Here's the original owners group:

* Jerry Richardson, Spartanburg, S.C., (then) chairman and chief executive officer, Flagstar Companies, Inc.
* John Belk, Charlotte, chairman, Belk Stores Services, Inc., the largest retailer in North Carolina and South Carolina.
* Tom Belk, Charlotte, president, Belk Stores Services, Inc.
* H.C. ``Smoky'' Bissell, Charlotte, chairman and chief executive officer, The Bissell Companies (commercial real estate development).
* Erskine Bowles, Charlotte, president, Bowles, Hollowell, Conner & Co., investment banking firm; administrator, Small Business Administration.
* Derick Close, Fort Mill, S.C., national sales manager, Wamsutta, a division of Springs Industries.
* `` Elliott Close, Fort Mill, S.C., owner, The Lake Club, real estate development.
* Cameron Harris, Charlotte, president, Cameron M. Harris Insurance Co.
* John W. Harris, Charlotte, president, The Harris Group, commercial real estate services.
* Donald Keough, New York, former president and chief operating officer, The Coca-Cola Company; chairman, Allen & Co., Inc., investment banking company.
* Leon Levine, Charlotte, chairman and chief executive officer and director, Family Dollar Stores, more than 2,000 retail outlets in 33 states.
* Richard Loughlin, Newport Beach, Calif., president and chief executive officer, Century 21 real estate corporation.
* William Simms, Charlotte, president, reinsurance division of Transamerica Life Companies.
* Jerry Wordsworth, Rocky Mount, N.C., chairman and chief executive officer, MBM Distributing Corp., food distribution.
* Steve Wordsworth, Rocky Mount, N.C., executive vice president and treasurer, MBM Distributing Corp., nation's largest privately held food distribution company.

EDIT: I don't know who is still in the group. I also think JJR's daughter owns a portion as well.

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Posted 25 September 2012 - 01:09 PM

Arthur Blank - the Falcons already own us.

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Posted 25 September 2012 - 01:52 PM

15 men comprised the original owners group. I know that Mark and Jon Richardson retained their ownership rights (whatever percentage that is) when they left the organization. I feel certain some ownership was provided to Danny Morrison in his package, but I don't know that for sure.

Here's the original owners group:

* Jerry Richardson, Spartanburg, S.C., (then) chairman and chief executive officer, Flagstar Companies, Inc.
* John Belk, Charlotte, chairman, Belk Stores Services, Inc., the largest retailer in North Carolina and South Carolina.
* Tom Belk, Charlotte, president, Belk Stores Services, Inc.
* H.C. ``Smoky'' Bissell, Charlotte, chairman and chief executive officer, The Bissell Companies (commercial real estate development).
* Erskine Bowles, Charlotte, president, Bowles, Hollowell, Conner & Co., investment banking firm; administrator, Small Business Administration.
* Derick Close, Fort Mill, S.C., national sales manager, Wamsutta, a division of Springs Industries.
* `` Elliott Close, Fort Mill, S.C., owner, The Lake Club, real estate development.
* Cameron Harris, Charlotte, president, Cameron M. Harris Insurance Co.
* John W. Harris, Charlotte, president, The Harris Group, commercial real estate services.
* Donald Keough, New York, former president and chief operating officer, The Coca-Cola Company; chairman, Allen & Co., Inc., investment banking company.
* Leon Levine, Charlotte, chairman and chief executive officer and director, Family Dollar Stores, more than 2,000 retail outlets in 33 states.
* Richard Loughlin, Newport Beach, Calif., president and chief executive officer, Century 21 real estate corporation.
* William Simms, Charlotte, president, reinsurance division of Transamerica Life Companies.
* Jerry Wordsworth, Rocky Mount, N.C., chairman and chief executive officer, MBM Distributing Corp., food distribution.
* Steve Wordsworth, Rocky Mount, N.C., executive vice president and treasurer, MBM Distributing Corp., nation's largest privately held food distribution company.

EDIT: I don't know who is still in the group. I also think JJR's daughter owns a portion as well.


Great post. I am under the impression that this group minus the Richardsons own 49% of the Panthers. I also think that JR owns 51% with his Sports LLC. MY assumption on JRs 51% is that his sons and daughter (and wife perhaps)"own" portions of that but have zero control.

My speculation is that when JR had surgery he gained insight as to the future of his majority ownership group. He then fired his 2 sons (who were competing in an unhealthy manner inside the organization) and basically demoted them to silent owners rather than co owners of the future of JRs 51% (along with his wife and daughters) should something happen to JR.

My speculation ends at that I do not believe JR has any interest in placing the panthers controlling share outside his current 51% ownership. I could see him naming his wife as the majority owner who has a "trustee" in charge of the 51% group who either inherited or previously owned portions of the Panthers.

The only other option I could see is if JR has already lined up a current owner or business partner who he trusts implicitly to purchase or inherit majority share (Hugh McColl? Levine? etc...) to avoid family fighting.

I am 99% confident every NFL owner is required to have a plan for their ownership in the case of death. The league would simply not allow a franchise owner to leave 1/31th of the league in limbo. JR specifically has shown every indication he has his plans in place.

Regardless of who gets, buys, inherits the Panthers they will stay in Carolina unless the new owner does not want a profitable, turnkey franchise and breaks his pre existing agreement with JRs will. Perhaps 20 years from now if we lose ticket sales and the stadium needs demo, but not now.

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Posted 25 September 2012 - 01:58 PM

Great post. I am under the impression that this group minus the Richardsons own 49% of the Panthers. I also think that JR owns 51% with his Sports LLC. MY assumption on JRs 51% is that his sons and daughter (and wife perhaps)"own" portions of that but have zero control.

My speculation is that when JR had surgery he gained insight as to the future of his majority ownership group. He then fired his 2 sons (who were competing in an unhealthy manner inside the organization) and basically demoted them to silent owners rather than co owners of the future of JRs 51% (along with his wife and daughters) should something happen to JR.

My speculation ends at that I do not believe JR has any interest in placing the panthers controlling share outside his current 51% ownership. I could see him naming his wife as the majority owner who has a "trustee" in charge of the 51% group who either inherited or previously owned portions of the Panthers.

The only other option I could see is if JR has already lined up a current owner or business partner who he trusts implicitly to purchase or inherit majority share (Hugh McColl? Levine? etc...) to avoid family fighting.

I am 99% confident every NFL owner is required to have a plan for their ownership in the case of death. The league would simply not allow a franchise owner to leave 1/31th of the league in limbo. JR specifically has shown every indication he has his plans in place.

Regardless of who gets, buys, inherits the Panthers they will stay in Carolina unless the new owner does not want a profitable, turnkey franchise and breaks his pre existing agreement with JRs will. Perhaps 20 years from now if we lose ticket sales and the stadium needs demo, but not now.


I'm sure you're right regarding ownership percentages, and that the family ownership resides within that 51 percent. Not sure where Morrison's piece might be, but I still bet he got some in addition to a hefty pay check. (I didn't mean to imply, by posting the list of names, that they have equal ownership to JJR.)

You're probably right about the NFL requiring an ownership plan in case of death (or disability, perhaps).

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Posted 25 September 2012 - 02:02 PM

I heard that when shares were being sold that they were 5 mil a share and I think there were 25 available.

Edit: What you are saying about Morrison is probably true but is also verytelling imo. Morrison did not come with the best resume to take over the stadium after JRs son. (JR gave him a 1 year "free pass" in his 1st year to learn the job!) IMO JR is surrounding this stadium with close friends and people HE trusts for a day he is no longer there. That speaks to him not relenting his control for the future of the team (via his will.)