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Article on Jerry Richardson's Succession Plans

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Yeah, I've always heard some not nice things about Mark Richardson and little about Jon but the little I've heard was good.

I've always had the impression that Jon was the nice buy but maybe not a tough enough businessman and that Mark is the corporate asshole boss type.

A couple of years back, the team wasn't able to give Christmas bonuses. Mark apparently just said "too bad" to his people. Jon called them all in and handed them 100 dollar bills from his own money. He even apologized that he couldn't give more.

That was apparently the start of the friction between the brothers. Mark got pissed and screamed to Papa because he said it made him look bad.

(in reality, being a prick is what made him look bad)

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Sure man. Your bff Bobcat Johnson did a great job and he wasnt local. As usual, a worthless troll post from you.

I pray that our next owner is someone not from NC. The whole "it must be a local" philosophy is a big reason Charlotte sports sucks. We keep giving our trust to local big wigs who care more about making money off their people than giving them a winner. Keeping it in the family has only led to losing.

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I am not sure the remaining owners with loyalties to JR would vote to move the team. Selling out every game and getting financial support from the community...Not smart. Does Florida really need 3 teams?

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Sall wouldn't, he lives in his own little world but is one of the nicest guys I've met at any level. I can just picture constant talk of Goodnight moving the franchise to Raleigh by the media when they get bored.

As a minority partner, that'd be cool.

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A couple of years back, the team wasn't able to give Christmas bonuses. Mark apparently just said "too bad" to his people. Jon called them all in and handed them 100 dollar bills from his own money. He even apologized that he couldn't give more.

That was apparently the start of the friction between the brothers. Mark got pissed and screamed to Papa because he said it made him look bad.

(in reality, being a prick is what made him look bad)

I'd heard that same story.

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Choosing one son over the other? Would have been a civil war in his family.

That's the kind of thing that's easier to do in your will than while you're alive.

People who worked for Jon loved him. Not so much with Mark.

Understood, but firing an otherwise good man in the interest of fairness doesn't seem fair at all.

This leads me to believe that JR felt Jon was contributing to the problem on some level, the people that worked for Jon may have loved him, but that doesn't mean Jon didn't engage in some sort of pissing contest with Mark to the detriment of the franchise.

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Understood, but firing an otherwise good man in the interest of fairness doesn't seem fair at all.

This leads me to believe that JR felt Jon was contributing to the problem on some level, the people that worked for Jon may have loved him, but that doesn't mean Jon didn't engage in some sort of pissing contest with Mark to the detriment of the franchise.

Word was that rather than pick sides with one son, he cut them both loose. Right decision? No idea. I just think it was one of those "Solomon" moments, or perhaps one where there was no good option.

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First of all, this article is bullshit to sell this to us better. "no no we have to pay this so after richardson sells the team the new owner won't want to move them to LA." If that were so important to him he could cut a check. Don't buy this for a second.

Regarding succession, keep in mind that there are other owners of this team, some of them with very deep pockets. I would be very surprised that if there's another majority owner, it didn't come from inside the group already owning the team.

The other, fun possibility is that someone with ties to the NFL buys in. The Panthers have been very successful within league politics bringing out their former player/owner, and richardson really love him the ties to the North East.

Unless Brad Johnson has become a millionaire and I didn't notice, there aren't really any other NC based players in a position to buy the team. CURTIS MARTIN ON THE OTHER HAND....

Good grief man. If you want the Panthers to stay in Charlotte long term then you need to pay up but not because JR would move them. But who might buy them may move them especially since there would be practically nothing that the city of Charlotte could do to stop it. Charlotte is blessed to have the 11th most valuable sports team in the world calling it home. The Panthers have brought Charlotte more money then it's ever taken from it. If JR was only about the money he would have moved the team to LA already. It's been documented that LA has wanted the Panthers and tried to sell JR on it. JR is giving Charlotte an awesome deal. In today's NFL market 125 million on stadium upgrades is chump change, especially since it was privately funded to begin with. But this deal is not about the upgrades....it's about selling a portion of the team to the city so it can't move after he dies. Look at the cost of the new Met Life stadium, or the Cowboys stadium. JR would not need money from Charlotte if this deal was only about stadium grades especially 125 million. He would have made more money paying for them himself and then selling the team.

It's just getting frustrating seeing all this hate on JR. He's an old school gentlemen that loves where he's from. He's never once has done anything to make us question is morality and ethics. He's a good owner. Like every man, he doesn't always make the right choices. But overall the man appears to be without a lot of ego and seems quite honorable.

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It would have been more honorable had he divulged these succession plans before the city's vote passed, not THE DAY AFTER.

If he wants to keep the team in Charlotte having a plan including his family and demanding it be bought by a local would be honorable. Making sure it just changes hands within 2 years of his death doesn't seem that honorable. I don't get where people think this is so great, unless you live in LA.

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I'm shocked that nobody has brought this up yet

Everyone is hoping the new owner will be good for the team and that they'd keep us here, don't you think that JR is also working on finding the best possible owner for this team at the same time?

If his plan is to have it sold so quickly after his death, I'm sure he's also put plenty of feelers out there to see who would be interested and has started working on them. You don't just up and buy an NFL team, I'm sure it takes plenty of time to work on buying an NFL team in most cases anyways.

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