The stage is set for David Tepper to complete his purchase of the Carolina Panthers.
Tepper previously owned a piece of the Steelers, which means he’d been vetted by the league before bidding on the Panthers and that helped make for a smooth trip through the approval process. The deal is expected to become official in July.
Arizona is the sole bidder to host Super Bowl LVII, and New Orleans is the sole bidder to host Super Bowl LVIII under the NFL’s new process for hand-picking potential host sites and negotiating directly with them.
Nashville is expected to be named host of the 2019 NFL draft at this week’s owners meetings in Atlanta, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Owners will vote on the two hosts after hearing their final pitches Wednesday at the league meetings in Atlanta, according to multiple sources. The news was first reported by the Sports Business Journal.
Both are expected to be approved, barring any surprises.
Byron Scott’s team had posted just one winning record in the previous seven seasons and hadn’t won a playoff game since May 4, 1994. The key transaction saw the Nets trade Stephon Marbury as part of a package to acquire Jason Kidd, who finished second in MVP voting.
It has been suggested that the Golden Knights benefited from a kinder expansion draft than their predecessors, but as ESPN’s Emily Kaplan and Greg Wyshynski point out, the idea that people knew the Golden Knights were going to be good is revisionist history. This is a stunning achievement from an organization everybody was counting out before the campaign began, in an era when it should be tougher than ever to surprise fans.