The Panthers have only ever placed the NFL shield at midfield as a thank you from Richardson to the league for awarding him a franchise in Charlotte. His commitment to the league has never wavered as the only owner who also played in the NFL.
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After taking control, new ownership should again connect with fans by having a vote as to what should be painted on the field for home games in the coming season. The NFL logo or for the first time ever, a Panthers logo as most teams employ on their own home fields.
Currently, only three other teams use the NFL shield as their midfield logo for reasons not associated with a commitment to the league. The New York Jets and Giants share a stadium and instead of constantly replacing the center of the field, an NFL shield is used. Similarly, the Los Angeles Rams, who share their current stadium with the USC Trojans, also utilize the shield on NFL game day.
A popular vote, either among PSL owners or the general fan base would be another step in bridging the divide between owners and fans while increasing accountability and the foundation of a lasting relationship.
It is also probable a change would be instituted, further separating the Panthers new owners from their original.