the idea that football teams have a positive impact on the local economy is complete bullshit peddled to low info voters.
10 times a year a couple hundred people make minimum wage to clean, stand around, and hand you hot dogs, most of which is done by volunteers anyway.
i guess football players spend money but if that's the case it'd make more sense for them to take the money they'd give Blank to build a new stadium and throw it out of a helicopter.
You forget about income taxes from player salaries and the revenue earned by local businesses on a game day, I remember hearing that each Panthers game was worth about 8 million dollars in revenue to businesses in Charlotte.
An NFL team also has value beyond the revenue it generates, the Panthers legitimized Charlotte.