Panthers: Vote on sale of team scheduled for May

(Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images) Carolina Panthers helmet
(Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images) Carolina Panthers helmet /

A tentative timeframe for a vote on the sale of the Carolina Panthers is scheduled for May.

The Carolina Panthers ownership situation is beginning to get some clarity to it. Wednesday, it was announced that the sale of the team and vote that accompanies it is scheduled for May per multiple media reports.

Originally, the though was that the league would vote on the sale of the Panthers during the Annual League Meeting scheduled for this month. However, it appears more time is needed.

There have been several interested buyers, and as of now one in particular appears to be the favorite. Hedge fund investor and American philanthropist David Tepper is thought to be a leading candidate.

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Per a report from Austin Knoblauch of, his sources have told NFL Network that Tepper is the “leader in the clubhouse” in regards to the search.

Other names that have been involved in the process more recently include Ben Navarro, a South Carolina businessman. Navarro has been actively working to put together a bid in hopes of landing the team.

From a football standpoint, it will be interesting to see if having an ownership in flux will affect any of the personnel moves the team makes. My guess here is that it will not affect anything too drastically in regards to the team. This is where I would think general manager and ownership become a separate entity instead of a cohesive unit. Usually, that is not the case, but I think it will be that way until they find an owner.

If there is one positive in regards to the vote, it is the timing of it. May (and the ensuing months) are generally a time of lesser activity around the league. That would give the organization time to resolve this matter and hopefully be able to start the season fresh without having this cloud looming over them.

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The Carolina Panthers have had a usual offseason on many fronts, and it is safe to say this news fits right in.