Panthers mess creates opportunity for history: African-American NFL ownership

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SportsPulse: NFL: Jerry Richardson plans to sell Panthers and P-Diddy has shown interest in buying the team. NFL Insider Jarrett Bell discusses if that is actually possible.
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Within hours of the news that embattled Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson was putting his franchise on the market, came the declaration from entertainment mogul Diddy.

He wants in on this action.

“I would like to buy @Panthers,” Diddy tweeted Sunday night. “Spread the word. Retweet!”

A follow-up tweet stated: “There are no majority African American NFL owners. Let’s make history.”

Naturally, the tweets went viral, and Diddy fueled much hype. Yet despite his desire to buy the team, the chances are probably better that Cam Newton will complete his next Hail Mary pass.

The NFL’s first African-American owner?

Oprah Winfrey, the world’s richest African-American, could pull it off. Michael Jordan, who already owns Charlotte’s NBA franchise, could probably nail it. Or another billionaire, tech entrepreneur Robert Smith, could be taken as a serious bidder.

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