CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Several months after David Tepper bought the Carolina Panthers for $2.275 billion in 2018, he hired Tom Glick as team president. Glick — a former executive with the parent company of Manchester City FC of the English Premier League — has wasted little time carrying out Tepper’s ambitions in the months since.
The Panthers have made numerous changes on the field and off, including an overhaul of the NFL franchise’s business side and an aggressive pitch for concerts and other outside events. In December, Tepper, with a major assist from Glick, landed an expansion Major League Soccer club for a record price estimated at $300 million to $325 million.
Real estate has become a big part of Glick’s focus, too. The Panthers spent the past 18 months negotiating a combined $400 million worth of local and state government-backed roads and site improvements as well as incentives from Rock Hill and South Carolina as part of a planned $2 billion team headquarters project. That headquarters represents only a portion of what Tepper and the Panthers have in mind.
Glick talked with CBJ this week for a wide-ranging interview that touched on those HQ projects as well as changes at Bank of America Stadium, building an MLS team while also overhauling the Panthers’ football side, coping with a pandemic in the live-entertainment business.
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