Questions linger around Jerry Richardson's future with the Carolina Panthers, how the organization will reconcile its needs for renovation using city and state money, as well as the succession plan in place after Richardson's death. This morning the biggest question was answered as the Panthers announced that the Robertson family would become 27% owners in the team, pending league approval.
Known best for their series 'Duck Dynasty' on the A&E network, a team spokesman called the Robertsons:
"Smart, blue collar business minds who grew their empire from nothing -- much like Mr. Richardson"
The changes to the organization wont take place until 2015, but patriarch Phil Robertson has some big plans for the team. Saying the Panthers need to get rid of their "fluffy, frilly, yuppy stuff" he's looking to "change the wine and cheese crowd into the boudin and beer".
It presents a rare opportunity for the Carolina Panthers to be on national TV -- something that almost never happens. Along with concession changes, other proposed tweaks include 'duck blind bars' placed throughout the stadium, Panthers' themed duck decoys in the team shop, and even Si Robertson helping to put his own spin on the Top Cats.
An interesting opportunity, it remains to be seen if they'll be content in Carolina. Deeply ingrained in Louisiana football, they better be prepared to beat the Saints twice a year.