That is ridiculous logic. You really believe that most PSL fans are fine with losing because Richardson is from Spartanburg??
He's actually from Fayetteville. But went to college in Spartanburg, and yes, he's been given a pass for so long because of his roots. Had he been someone from outside of this region, he would've been questioned a lot sooner and more than likely sold the team by now.
I wouldn't care if he were from the moon or downtown Charlotte. I want to win games and championships and don't care where the owner is from. I can confidently say that most other PSL fans would totally agree with me. The fact that most people are grateful that Richardson brought us the franchise is not at all granting permission to lose all the time. The fact that the stands have been pretty empty at times this year certainly tells me that fans aren't fine with the losing lately. The knock on absentee owners is more about not being involved in managing the team on a day to day basis rather than where they are living or are from.
I'll believe what you said when we actually have someone not from NC running the joint. Until then, its lip service. People defend mediocrity and losing because the CEO is a native. People give him blind trust and hope because he's someone they relate to or they cant fathom him ripping them off. Put someone they know nothing about or heard of at CEO of the Panthers and the perception and trust changes. If it werent a big deal, people wouldnt worry about succession plans and who's taking over. But they do, very much so.