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SI.com piece on David Tepper

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Wasn’t sports betting supposed to be easy money for NFL teams? A look at the many factors—two states, tribal lands and casinos, ‘integrity fees,’ and the dark, complicated history of legalized gambling in the South—the Carolina Panthers and the NFL’s richest owner are navigating in the quest for sports gambling revenue.

It’s been a year since Tepper got NFL approval to buy the Panthers, and ever since he has been living the franchise’s “two states, one team” slogan. In 1995, the franchise played its inaugural season in South Carolina (at Clemson’s Memorial Stadium) while Bank of America Stadium was being constructed in Charlotte. Training camp has always been held at the alma mater of former owner Jerry Richardson, Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C. But by bringing headquarters across the state line, Tepper is embracing the Palmetto State in ways unseen during the team’s 25-year history.

This is far from a philanthropic endeavor, of course. Tepper sees in South Carolina a state that could be more enthusiastic about its NFL team, and thus make his franchise more money. But one big reason why Tepper wants a presence in both states lies in the future of sports betting. In a sense, he’s hedging his bet on which state legalizes sports gambling first. Then, if and when both do, he could, in theory, double dip.

 

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Jones is such a hack....everything he writes is written thru his own warped political view

 

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Several interesting tidbits I hadn't realized about the efforts to build the casino over the years. 

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South Carolina will have to do it first much like the lottery.

Don't understand it but as progressive as NC is they are very slow to change.

 

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1 hour ago, rippadonn said:

South Carolina will have to do it first much like the lottery.

Don't understand it but as progressive as NC is they are very slow to change.

 

Isn't that the opposite of Progressive.

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31 minutes ago, Snake said:

Isn't that the opposite of Progressive.

Lol, progressive cities but slow to change government policy.

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4 hours ago, bull123 said:

Jones is such a hack....everything he writes is written thru his own warped political view

 

pretty sure any article anywhere you read is warped by the writer's political view...

anyway he should be applauded for being one of the rare sports reporters who doesn't write boring puff pieces about how great x player/coach/whoever is or why someone has potential blah blah blah which is what bill voth has turned into as a member of the team media now. yawn.

pretty interesting piece imo. though as someone not in the carolina's it really has no effect on me.

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4 hours ago, rippadonn said:

South Carolina will have to do it first much like the lottery.

Don't understand it but as progressive as NC is they are very slow to change.

 

NC is not at all progressive. We had slowly crept in that direction but that has been dramatically reversed over the last decade or so.

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NC is about 50/50 progressive. Major cities such as Charlotte, Raleigh & Greensboro are but the rest of the state is not.

That's why there's been little progress made by the government; House & Senate are right-wing, but Gov. Roy Cooper is Left. They have a hard time agreeing on anything. If ever, only a tiny bit of improvement is ever done. Sad, but true.

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8 hours ago, rippadonn said:

Lol, progressive cities but slow to change government policy.

Actually far left city's hate gambling. Take NY for example. They even restricted most fighting events till recently and have laws similar to NC. So does CA and Hawaii has more strict policy than both. 

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3 minutes ago, MountaineerChemist10 said:

NC is about 50/50 progressive. Major cities such as Charlotte, Raleigh & Greensboro are but the rest of the state is not.

That's why there's been little progress made by the government; House & Senate are right-wing, but Gov. Roy Cooper is Left. They have a hard time agreeing on anything. If ever, only a tiny bit of improvement is ever done. Sad, but true.

Yeah who doesn't want the utopia that San Francisco and Seattle has become. 

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12 hours ago, bull123 said:

Jones is such a hack....everything he writes is written thru his own warped political view

 

 

aw someone need their blankie?

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25 minutes ago, MountaineerChemist10 said:

NC is about 50/50 progressive. Major cities such as Charlotte, Raleigh & Greensboro are but the rest of the state is not.

That's why there's been little progress made by the government; House & Senate are right-wing, but Gov. Roy Cooper is Left. They have a hard time agreeing on anything. If ever, only a tiny bit of improvement is ever done. Sad, but true.

That is basically the case in almost any area. Progressive/left-leaning individuals tend to be in the population centers and conservative/right-leaning individuals tend to be in more rural areas.

NC is close to a 50/50 state but the representation does not reflect that at all. Up until recently it was a Republican supermajority for quite some time. Any time that one party has a complete stranglehold on the power in any state it is going to have distinct negative consequences. In NC's case, it has led to a lot of extremely regressive policies and laws which have harmed the state in the short term and will definitely harm the state in the long term. 

Unfortunately, due to the extreme polarization of society as a whole and the unbelievable corruption that has embedded itself in politics, there is little hope in the next 15-20 years to be able to even reverse the regression that has occurred over the last decade or more. NC was actually one of the least fuged up Southern states at one time but they are easily one of the most fuged up states currently. 

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