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Hometown Background

Learn about the city the Carolina Panthers call home

A Quick History Lesson
It all began on July 16, 1987, when Carolina Panthers Owner/Founder Jerry Richardson (who became just the second former player to own an NFL team along with George Halas of the Chicago Bears) met in Charlotte with a group of interested parties to discuss the feasibility of entering the multicity competition for two NFL expansion franchises. On Dec. 15, Richardson officially announced an NFL franchise bid for the Carolinas. On Oct. 20, 1992, NFL owners decided to delay the expansion vote until the fall of 1993 because of a labor dispute between the League and the players. Fortunately, on January 6, 1993, the League and the players approved a new Collective Bargaining Agreement, and on March 23, 1993, the expansion race officially resumed. Finally, on October 26, 1993, NFL owners unanimously selected Carolina as the 29th NFL franchise.

Learn about Charlotte, North Carolina: the hometown of the Carolina Panthers

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