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COLUMBIA http://www.tampabaybuccaneersteamonline.com/mike-edwards-jersey , S.C. (AP) — the Carolina Panthers to move their practice fields to South Carolina going down to the wire, owner David Tepper said he is fine with leaving them in North Carolina if he can’t get any public help.Tepper said his idea to build a new team headquarters and practice fields along with a larger sports complex that could also include a stadium for a MLS team in South Carolina must get economic incentives or it makes no sense.“Quite frankly, it’s going to cost us a lot of money to go down to South Carolina,” Tepper said .South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster has been an enthusiastic backer of a bill that would exempt Panthers players, coaches and employees from state income taxes for 15 years. The team could then spend the roughly $120 million it saves on the facility. There are other incentives http://www.tampabaybuccaneersteamonline.com/matt-gay-jersey , including a new interchange on a nearby interstate.The proposal passed the South Carolina House less than two weeks after Tepper met with McMaster and legislative leaders in April. But it has stalled in the state Senate, where several members — both Democrats and Republicans — said a billionaire NFL owner doesn’t need taxpayer help. Critics also questioned whether state officials greatly inflated their estimate that the new facility would have a $3.8 billion impact.“A guy doesn’t get $11.6 billion without taking advantage of his opposition,” said Sen. Dick Harpootlian, a Democrat from Columbia.The Panthers currently practice in Charlotte, North Carolina http://www.tennesseetitansteamonline.com/a.j.-brown-jersey , near their stadium and about 15 miles (25 kilometers) north of the South Carolina site. But the fields are outdoors. Last season, the Panthers had to move several practices to a hotel ballroom because of heavy rain.Tepper wants to continue the Panthers’ “two states, one team” attitude that began when they played their inaugural season in 1995 at Clemson’s stadium while their stadium in Charlotte was being built. The team still holds training camp every summer at Wofford University in Spartanburg.But without the tax breaks, Tepper said he can just put a temporary dome over the fields and expand and renovate the current team facility in Charlotte.“You guys see the bubble going up, I have a cafeteria building http://www.tennesseetitansteamonline.com/amani-hooker-jersey , I will stay in Charlotte,” Tepper said . “I will stay home.” A Louisiana judge allowed a lawsuit against the NFL seeking damages over the errant pass interference no-call late in the NFC Championship game in January.According to Kevin McGill of the , Louisiana Civil District Court Judge Nicole Sheppard also ruled that attorneys for the plaintiffs can request documents from the NFL and and question league officials, including Commissioner Roger Goodell and members of the officiating crew that worked the game.“The purpose of the lawsuit is not to get some minuscule amount of money. They won’t even notice that,” plaintiff attorney Antonio LeMon said. “It’s to get at the truth.Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman obliterated Saints receiver Tommylee Lewis before Drew Brees‘ pass had reached its intended target. However Taylor Rapp Jersey , no flag was thrown on the play and the Saints were forced to kick a 31-yard field goal instead of getting a fresh set of downs at the Rams 6-yard line with less than two minutes to play. There was ultimately enough time remaining for the Rams to drive for a tying field goal that forced overtime, where the Rams won to advance to the Super Bowl.The case is seeking only $75,000 in damages, which keeps it below a threshold that would risk the case being moved to a federal court. LeMon said any funds awarded would be donated to charity as they are seeking information from the league about how the incident was handled and if officials were disciplined.“I want their personnel files. I want their gradings. I want their notes from the game,” he said.LeMon said the NFL informed them of their intent to appeal the ruling.A prior lawsuit attempting to levy an injunction against the NFL to force the game be replayed from the point of the missed call ahead of the Super Bowl was nixed by a federal judge in January.
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