It's unfortunate that people like this can be so wrong and still think they know what they are talking about. There is no law against ignorance and luckily this is just sports but people this uninformed vote on actual issues in this country. Scary.
This approach is typical of this board (and others): when someone reveals the truth, assault their intelligence and use words like 'uninformed' and 'ignorance.'
Here's your link where Jerry discusses, among other subjects, 'negative cash flow.' Watch the video before reading this post.
Now let's take a look at the facts.
In that press conference, when asked why he didn't buy out John Fox's contract, Jerry said he had a business to run. So it's fair to say Jerry gave us two lame duck seasons because he didn't want to pay the $11.4 million termination. Yet it's clear now that Jerry had the money; he chose not to pay that money. In the same press conference, Jerry said people at business schools would look at the NFL revenue share and call it unsustainable. Yet we know the model, then, was sustainable.
I don't know why Jerry's going to the city and state for $200-$300 million of free money. Meetings, despite the laws, are held in private. Either he's looking at other sports team owners and saying, "give me some of that!" or he needs the money to be financially viable. In the press conference from early 2011, Jerry laments the sorry state of the economy and mentions municipal governments. Please...save me from the fake lacrymation.
Either way, the financial truth emerged this past week. Jerry's fine and, as a capitalist, that's OK with me. However, the Panthers issued a crude and vacillating press release in response to an ACTUAL financial document on the deadspin page. From said press release:
"A detailed review of the financial statements demonstrates the difficulty of being competitive in the NFL, paying players to the cap, and trying to add the financing of a major stadium renovation."
They never said the document was a fake. The press release is an exercise in semantics.
Yet...the team itself is saying, through that language, there is "difficulty" being competitive.
For years, Jerry has been trying to say it's a struggle financially.
That's the story Jerry is trying to send. Yet the actual numbers, as we now know, reveal a different story.
You can fire away at me all you like. I recommend you fire away at Jerry Richardson, who cannot be trusted.
Worse still when it comes to another important number, WINS AND LOSSES, Jerry is 138-160 and, in the last 5 seasons, the record is:
12-4 8-8 2-14 6-10 7-9
During this period, using the excuse of the lockout, he committed the horrible sin of keeping a lame duck coach for TWO seasons. By doing so, he thumbed his nose at us, the fans...the people who pay to attend games. He had the money to get rid of John Fox but he decided not to pay that money.
I understand why the Jerry apologistas resort to personal assaults on the people who criticize Jerry. Members of Jerry's fan club can't take the admittedly brutal truth: he's a mediocre owner, at best.
And yes...I vote. I will NOT vote for the sycophantic politicians who direct money toward a business that's earning a healthy profit.
Jerry--if you need bigger jumbotrons so the opposing fans who routinely flood OUR stadium can watch their players score against us, go to a bank and get a loan. And if you need help finding a bank, walk out your front door.
If you think there will be some sort of clause that binds the team to Charlotte, you're on crack.
Yes...the politicians will make it look that way but, deep in the contract, there will be an out.
JR arrives to speak with the council in secret, has a secret meeting, then tries to leave in secret. He wants free money and he's bullying the city council into handing it over. He could borrow the money tomorrow from a bank and retain total independence but why? The city is happy to provide a $125 handout with no strings attached.
He will take the free money and remain just as independent. The politicians don't care. They just want to look good before the next election and make sure their cronies get what they were promised. It's legalized thievery.
I met the head of PR once and was seriously underwhelmed. I was pitching some business and we met but getting the guy to return calls and emails was really hard...it bordered on the unprofessional.
The PR department handles the magazine, Roar. To me, and I used to be in the magazine business, Roar is shockingly mediocre, even for a fan-zine. It has a lot of potential but it currently includes THREE pages an issue that are good: the photos of fans around the world wearing Panthers stuff. The rest is shoddy.
You can blame coaching all you want. But too many players on this team make too many unforced errors. False starts. 12 men on the field. Encroachment. Personal fouls. Dropping perfect passes. These are professional athletes who know they're not supposed to make these mistakes--especially in December.
Once we get to the 3rd round, we should trade next season's second round pick to move up and acquire an option quarterback from a Div II school then try to turn him into a wide receiver and/or kick returner.