ATLANTA — Houston Texans proprietor Bob McNair does not anticipate “any surprises” Tuesday in Pittsburgh Steelers minority proprietor David Tepper getting the required 24 votes from the 32 NFL homeowners for approval to buy the Carolina Panthers.
He reminded that homeowners have already got vetted the hedge fund billionaire as a 5 % proprietor of the Steelers.
Tepper really wants solely 23 votes as a result of he’ll get the vote from Jerry Richardson, who has accepted Tepper’s profitable bid of $2.275 billion. Whether or not that vote will likely be forged by Richardson or COO Tina Becker stays to be seen.
McNair mentioned he did not anticipate the 81-year-old Richardson to attend the conferences, however a supply near the state of affairs mentioned there’s a likelihood that he’ll attend. Richardson hasn’t attended a league assembly because the spring assembly in Charlotte, North Carolina, in 2016.
Richardson put the staff up on the market after the season amidst an NFL investigation into sexual and racial office misconduct. The league is predicted to announce the outcomes of the investigation after the sale is finalized, which ought to are available in July.
Tepper was chosen, a number of sources informed ESPN, so the homeowners may vote at these conferences and the league may transfer ahead with releasing the outcomes of the investigation. Sources mentioned the vetting course of on Charleston, South Carolina, billionaire Ben Navarro, the runner-up within the course of, doubtless could not have been concluded by this week.
On Monday evening, Tepper spent a part of the night consuming dinner at his resort bar and chatting with commissioner Roger Goodell.
Tepper, with a web price of $11 billion, additionally was the one bidder who may write a test for the staff with out minority companions.
“Yeah, we all know one thing about him,” McNair mentioned of Tepper, whom he hasn’t met personally. “Obviously, [the Steelers have] been pleased with him. I’m sure he’ll get a good hearing by our committee, and everything looks favorable. We’ve done preliminary things, so I don’t think there will be any surprises.”