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I grew up in Charlotte, and five years ago I moved out of the Carolinas for the first time in my life. I now live on the West Coast and travel to all of the Western states on a regular basis. I spend time in LA, Seattle, San Diego, Denver, etc. and I see first hand the difference in the big cities out there and Charlotte. Charlotte is the best place to live that I've been to period. It has the perks of a big city but still has that small town feel to it.
When it comes to smaller markets compared to bigger markets, there needs to be a mechanism to keep professional teams from moving and chasing that big-city money. The Panthers built their stadium and maintain financial security from PSLs. The team committing to staying is the upside. There is a downside, however. The downside is a franchise can lose it's "hunger" or need to win big when it isn't going to make much of a difference to the bottom line.
Do you think that describes the Panthers? Do you think the Big Cat (whom I love by the way) desperately wants to win a Super Bowl? Or is some excitement and financial solvency enough for him? That is an important question. I want to hear your thoughts.