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Forget Paula Broadwell. What about the Panthers?

In case you haven’t heard, the FBI searched Paula Broadwell’s tony Dilworth home last night in an effort to determine whether or not her affair with Gen. David Petraeus somehow compromised our national security.

Forget that —- the Panthers might be moving to L.A. Sister blog Meck Deck reports QC’s Stadium Freakout of 2012, passing along this Charlotte Business Journal report:

To some community leaders in Charlotte, finding $100 million or more for an NFL stadium makeover could soon look more attractive than it does today.

The imminent negotiations with the Carolina Panthers over potential public investment become more sobering when Charlotte Chamber President Bob Morgan assesses the national landscape.

Consider: Panthers owner Jerry Richardson is 76, he fired his sons as team executives three years ago and he has yet to publicly disclose a succession plan several years after having heart-transplant surgery.

He also owns privately built Bank of America Stadium and could leave town with minimal headaches, unencumbered by lease terms with the city.

And Los Angeles wants one, if not two, NFL franchises for a planned downtown stadium.

The NFL has not signaled any intent to add teams, meaning Los Angeles would need to find one, if not two, franchises willing to relocate.

Add it all up, Morgan says, and “that reality scares the hell out of me. It’s sobering.”

Hard to imagine Richardson leaving his native North Carolina for Hollywood, and he tells ESPN as much. Then again, pretty much nothing can surprise sports fans these days……

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