CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Felix Sabates is hoping his group could land the Carolina Panthers, and one of the first commitments he speaks of is not moving the team.
"We would not be interested in moving the team," he said. "We want to keep the team in the metro area, and the metro area expands all over the place."
Making that point raises new questions over the future of Bank of America Stadium.
"We've got to have a domed stadium, so you can bring concerts, big time concerts. We can be in the hunt for the Superbowl some day. We could be in the hunt for the final four," Sabates told WBTV,
The group is on aggressive track. We've obtained the LLC articles of organization.
While Sabates name is not a listed partner, the group Carolinas Professional Football Acquisition Team has filed papers with the North Carolina Secretary of States office.
So how do these fast changes in the Panthers front office and a potential new owner impact the players?
Panthers Tight End Greg Olsen told reporters, "There's not a whole lot really we can do that we can do outside here. So our main focus is to just dial in. We've got two regular season games left and possibly a playoff push."
Linebacker Luke Keuchley agrees.
"You've just got to concentrate of what we control and that's the product we put on the field."
In talking to NFL owners, Sabates says going after this team means enduring a lengthy process and facing the reality that his isn't the only group after the big ticket franchise.
"We need to do what is right for us and the fans.We're gonna have our ducks in a row. We're doing our numbers," he said.