Tepper’s Panthers On The Verge Of Getting A Big Win In South Carolina

Panthers biggest victory of the season at hand.

It appears that David Tepper and his Carolina Panthers National Football League franchise is on the verge of claiming the team’s biggest victory of the 2019 season. Tepper is about to get $115 million from South Carolina elected officials to help move his team’s headquarters and practice facility from North Carolina to South Carolina. The first check installment from South Carolina lawmakers could be delivered on May 20. South Carolina really wanted Tepper’s Panthers business because it might be an economic revenue generator. The state offered tax breaks and incentives over a 15 year period if Tepper took his business to York County, South Carolina just over the North Carolina state line close to Tepper’s home stadium in Charlotte. The South Carolina politicians thinking was that if South Carolina could entice Tepper to build a facility in York County, other businesses will follow. But practice facilities are closed so there will not be tens of thousands people going through the area spending money at the training facility. Panthers’ executives were looking for a new facility in areas of North Carolina and South Carolina. The Panthers practice facility is currently adjacent to the team’s Charlotte stadium.

The South Carolina House of Representatives Majority Leader Gary Simril wanted Tepper’s Panthers to practice in his state but could not come up with a coherent reason why getting Tepper’s practice facility into South Carolina makes sense. “With the NFL, with the Panthers, they give a lot more than they can take. It is a win, win, win.”  South Carolina political proponents of the Panthers training camp expenditure have said they are not giving taxpayers money away, instead South Carolina will allow Tepper to keep employees state income tax so that Tepper could use that money to build his team’s headquarters. Tepper apparently is not spending his money in getting what he wants, a modern headquarters.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Jameis Winston, back, fumbles the ball as he is hit by Carolina Panthers’ Julius Peppers (90) during the second half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017. The Panthers recovered the ball. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)