Carolina Panthers fans are buzzing about a recent online article that suggested the team has enough money to finance its own stadium upgrades.
Deadspin, a popular national sports website, posted the team's financial records from the last two fiscal years. It says the team made more than $112 million in profit during that time.
"It gives taxpayers some new perspective on all these stories coming out about requests for money," said fan Davis Hahn.
Hahn is talking about the team's requests for money for upgrades to the Panthers' stadium. The team asked the city for more than $140 million and the state for $60 million. The team has offered to pitch in about $96 million. The city has agreed to help but the state has not.
Some fans told Eyewitness News if the article is true, taxpayers shouldn't foot the bill.
"If the team can support itself I think the (money) need to come from the team," said Jason Williams.
On Thursday, the Panthers released a statement which stated, "The Deadspin story presents an incomplete picture of the Carolina Panthers' profitability."
They said it's more realistic to look at the team's cash flow which was $66 million for those two years.
On Friday, Charlotte's mayor was asked if the story would make it more difficult to get state lawmakers to help. He said the key issues haven't changed.
"The stadium upgrades are still an issue for the team. It is still the way for us to get a 15-year commitment from the team to stay in North Carolina, to stay in Charlotte," said Anthony Foxx.