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鈥?The Carolina Panthers are off the market.The Panthers
announced Wednesday they’ve signed a “definitive agreement” to sell the team to
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founder and president of global hedge fund Appaloosa Management.The deal is
subject to NFL approval.League owners will meet next week in Atlanta, where they
are expected to vote on the purchase. Since Tepper has already been vetted by
the league as a minority owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers, the approval process
is not expected to run into any snags.The transaction is expected to close in
July, the team announced.Tepper, who has been a minority owner of the Steelers
since 2009, said in a release Wednesday that he’s thrilled to become the next
owner of the Panthers.“I have learned a great deal about the community and the
team over the past several months and look forward to becoming part of the
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Pittsburgh. “I want to thank Jerry Richardson and the other Panthers partners
for all they have done to establish and develop the NFL in the Carolinas. It has
been a remarkable 25-year journey and I promise to build upon the Panthers’
success on the field and in the community.”Tepper has a net worth of more than
$11 billion, according to Forbes.He is paying an NFL-record $2.2 billion to
purchase the team, according to two people familiar with the situation. The
people spoke to The Associated Press on Tuesday on condition of anonymity
because the team didn’t release the selling price of the franchise.The release
didn’t mention if Tepper plans to move the team or keep it in Charlotte.Jerry
Richardson, the team’s founder and only owner, abruptly announced he was selling
the team last December after coming under investigation from the league for
sexual and racial misconduct in the workplace.That investigation is
ongoing.Richardson Ravens
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, who rarely comments to the media, said
in the release that bringing the expansion Panthers and the NFL to the Carolinas
in 1993 was enormously fulfilling for him and his wife Rosalind and all of the
team’s partners.“We are deeply grateful for the outpouring of support over the
last 25 years,” Richardson said. “You have taken the Panthers into your hearts
and made them part of this warm and supportive community. We want to thank all
of our past and present players, coaches and staff for their hard work in making
the Panthers a great success both on the field and in the community. The
personal relationships we have enjoyed have been very meaningful to
us.”Richardson has had a strong relationship with the Rooney family in
Pittsburgh through the years and is familiar with Tepper.“I look forward to
turning the stewardship of the Panthers over to David Tepper,” Richardson said.
“I have enjoyed getting to know him in this process and am confident that he
will provide the organization with great leadership in both its football and
community initiatives. I wish David and his family the very best as they enter
this exciting new phase of their lives.”Tepper will have full ownership of the
team. He’ll need to sell his ownership stake in the Steelers once he becomes the
Panthers owner.Richardson had owned 48 percent of the franchise and the Panthers
had several minority owners under the previous regime. NFL referees Ed Hochuli
and Jeff Triplette are retiring.

One of the replacements will be former back judge Shawn Hochuli, Ed's son.
The other is former side judge Alex Kemp. The two new referees each joined the
NFL in 2014.

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, among the most recognizable of NFL officials
because of his muscular build, joined the league in 1990. Triplette came aboard
in 1996.

Hochuli, a lawyer by trade, originally was a back judge and moved up to
referee in 1992. He worked two Super Bowls and generally was considered among
the league's best officials. Hochuli's lengthy verbal descriptions of calls were
befitting an attorney.

Triplette, a restructuring consultant, became a ref in 1999. He was heavily
criticized in the media 鈥?including by his former boss ,
Mike Pereira, now an analyst for Fox 鈥?for his crew's work in January during the
Titans-Chiefs playoff game.

Triplette also was the official who threw a penalty flag in 1999 that hit
then-Browns tackle Orlando Brown in the eye, injuring the player. Brown missed
the next three NFL seasons and sued the league.

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