How is what they do for a living relevant? It would be nice to see affirmation that they are indeed PSL owners, but assuming that is true, their points should be evaluated based on their merits. It's not like they are lobbying for jobs, they are just speaking as customers and to some extent as investors.
They could all work at the local McDonalds, but if they are spending their hard earned money on PSL's, where they work shouldn't disqualify the message.
It is relevant in this sense.
The entire open letter is accusatory in tone. They are trying to say that basically JR is tanking the team in order to line his own pockets. (I don't know why they think this considering we have pretty much maxed out our cap space and I am sure that if an owner wants to make more money he would love the revenue that is associated with making the playoffs.)
They accuse JR of running a pyramid scheme. They take pot shots at our "adolescent" QB, question the morality of JR, and accuse him of "forfeiting community pride for more profits".
In order to bolster the credibility of these accusations they accredit themselves as "business executives". My point is, if you are going to make the type of accusations and say that you have the expertise to make these accusations, you should put your name on it so that the people reading the letter can vet your "expertise" to determine your level of actual competence on the issue, or to ascertain whether there may be a conflict of interest.
For all we know this may be some business owners in LA trying to cause unrest in the Carolinas to try and get the fans to turn against the franchise like they did the Hornets so they can get a football team to re-locate to their city. Again, probably not, but without more information how can one be certain.
If this was a business executive at Bank of America what credibility would he have on the issues of fairness and social responsibility after what happened in 2008?
This letter wasn't just "Hey we are frustrated" it was an accusation of JR of purposeful tanking and of deceit to the general population.
".... despite the short term gratification of the Panthers' recent tantalizing victories, a growing number of veteran fans know the real score. We are convinced that the Panthers' true potential, and, worse, our community pride is being forfeited in favor of squeezing out more profits."
That isn't saying that they just wish we won more games. That is an accusation that recent struggles have been purposely manufactured by JR.
When you start throwing these type of accusations around, if you are truly interested in community fairness, you should allow the community to know who is making these accusations, in order to make sure that credibility actually exists.
I will give you one quick example. Say a stranger rings your doorbell and says, "Hey there, I am just informing you that you owe my company $5,000 dollars in back payments, due today, and I am here to collect a check. You can trust me, I am a business man"
Would you say, "Welp, let me get my checkbook"
Or would you say "Wait, who are you again? What company do you work for? Where did these charges come from?"
Hopefully you would say the latter.