The news is out. Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson is set to sell the team after the conclusion of the 2017 NFL season. This comes after disturbing sexual and racial allegations were made against him. The league is investigating the incident and the Panthers are now searching for new ownership come next season.
We've already seen celebrities like P. Diddy and even Colin Kaepernick come out and express their interest in ownership for the team, but how serious can we take these?
Here are three likely future owners for the Panthers come 2018.
3. Stephen Curry
Of the celebrities that reached out yesterday amid the news, NBA All-Star and two-time MVP Stephen Curry was one of them. The Charlotte native resides in San Francisco now, but has been a huge Panthers fan over the years and seemed to have no problem in wanting to get involved in the sports ownership game.
Not sure how NBA rules fare with players owning a sports franchise, but it certainly would be an interesting move for Curry's career. He could make it a family affair and have Dell and Seth join in. That means Kevin Durant would have to follow along as well.
2. Oprah Winfrey
While we're at it, why not add Oprah Winfrey to the list? The long-time American talk-show host and philanthropist doesn't seem to have any known ties with the Panthers or North Carolina, but she's got one thing many others don't and that's the money.
Winfrey has an estimated net worth of $2.8 billion and could singlehandedly buy the franchise by herself. What an empowering move that would be. I'm not sure how likely that is but if a group is serious about making this happen, Winfrey should certainly be involved.
1. Michael Jordan
Last but not least, we've got the NBA G.O.A.T himself. Michael Jordan seems like the best and most likely candidate that could buy the Panthers this offseason. He already owns controlling interest in the Hornets and it would make sense to jump in on the NFL franchise while he's at it.
Jordan is one of the most well-liked sports celebrities of his time and would be the perfect owner for the situation. He's got the majority of the money and could even pair with Curry or a few others to make it happen. If Magic Johnson can do it with the Dodgers, Jordan can as well.