CHARLOTTE, North Carolina — Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson, announced Sunday night in a letter on the team website that he plans to put the NFL team he founded up for sale after the 2017 season.
Forbes placed the value of the Panthers at $2.3 billion in September. Richardson and investors paid $206 million for the team in 1993.Richardson reached a deal with Charlotte officials in 2013, when the city agreed to pay $87.5 million in upgrades to Bank of America Stadium that would keep the Panthers there through June 2019.
Bruton Smith, the owner of Speedway Motorsports Inc., which owns Charlotte Motor Speedway and other tracks on the NASCAR circuit, said last year that he would be interested in purchasing the team.
Sean “Diddy” Combs, whom Forbes estimates to be worth $820 million, expressed his interest in buying the Carolina Panthers. Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry, who went to high school in Charlotte and college in Davidson, North Carolina, also stated that he wants in.
I would like to buy the @Panthers. Spread the word. Retweet!
— Diddy (@Diddy) 18 december 2017
I️ want in! https://t.co/XvvC1vo7xI
— Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) 18 december 2017