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Panthers Owner Jerry Richardson Paying for Entire Staff to Go to Super Bowl 50

Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson  hits a drum before the NFL football NFC Championship game against the Arizona Cardinals, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)
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Kyle NewportFeatured ColumnistJanuary 26, 2016

There are certain professional sports franchises that people dream of working for because of the way they treat their employees.

If it wasn't clear before, the Carolina Panthers organization does things the right way.

After finishing with an NFL-best record of 15-1 in the regular season, Carolina defeated both the Seattle Seahawks and the Arizona Cardinals to win the NFC. Now, the Panthers are headed to San Francisco for Super Bowl 50. And when I say "Panthers," I mean everyone in the organization.

On Monday, Panthers president Danny Morrison revealed that team owner Jerry Richardson will be paying for every employee in the organization—yes, even interns—to go to the Bay Area to see the team play the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl:

Richardson doesn't have to do this. However, he realizes that from the players to the front office, Carolina wins as one. Everything that goes on behind the scenes has helped the players and coaches get all the way to the Super Bowl.

Back in 2004, according to Leonard Shapiro of the Washington Post, the Panthers owner picked up the tab for every employee (plus a guest) to go to Houston for Super Bowl XXXVIII to watch the team take on the New England Patriots. 

Just like the players, all of the Panthers employees' hard work is going to culminate in a trip to the game's biggest stage. 

[Alex Marvez]

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