With Carolina Panthers Owner Jerry Richardson turning 81 in July, and dealing with health problems that are preventing him from traveling to the annual NFL owners’ meeting, there are rumors floating around that a possible sale of the franchise may be discussed when the owner’s gather in Arizona today.
A discussion about the matter is not listed on the owners’ agenda for their meeting, and nothing has been formally set regarding the issue. Nevertheless, rumors still persist, as many NFL insiders have speculated that a sale of the Panthers will be facilitated well before Richardson’s passing.
Unlike many owners across the league, Richardson does not have any heirs involved with the franchise after forcing the resignation of his two sons from the family business in 2009 because of “ongoing sibling disputes.”
Fortunately for Panther fans here in North Carolina, there is an expectation that any potential sale of the franchise would come with stern restrictions to prevent the team from being moved out of Charlotte.
In a statement released earlier today, a spokesman for the Panthers denied that the team was currently up for sale.
“Mr. Richardson is healthy, vigorous, happy and fully engaged in the business of the Carolina Panthers. The team is absolutely not for sale,” the team’s statement read. “These reports are based on the misinterpretation of an agenda item. No owner is more committed to his team than Mr. Richardson.”