A History of the Sports Teams in Charlotte


When most people think of Charlotte, North Carolina, the first thing that comes to mind is not sports. However, Charlotte has a long and rich history with many different sports teams. This article will provide an overview of the history of sports teams in Charlotte and some statistics about how they have performed over the years. The article is written for fans of all of Charlotte’s sports teams, but especially for those new to the city or interested in its sporting culture.

An Overview of Charlotte’s Sports Teams

North Carolina is home to a wide variety of sports teams, including the Carolina Panthers of the NFL, the Charlotte Hornets of the NBA, and the Charlotte Checkers of the AHL. North Carolina also has a rich history in college sports, with UNC Chapel Hill and Duke University both having strong basketball programs. North Carolina is also home to NASCAR, and Charlotte is home to one of the biggest races of the year, the Coca-Cola 600. In addition, North Carolina has long been a fan favorite state for sports betting. 

With the recent legalization of sports betting in North Carolina, many people are looking forward to placing bets on their favorite teams. So whether you’re a fan of the Panthers, the Hornets, or any other team in North Carolina, you can now place bets on them without having to go to another state. So if you’re looking to get in on the action, check out the North Carolina sports betting scene.

The Charlotte Hornets

Charlotte’s first professional sports team was the Charlotte Hornets, an NBA expansion team that began play in 1988. The Hornets were originally owned by George Shinn, who also owned the NHL’s Minnesota North Stars. The team’s name was chosen through a fan contest, and the University of North Carolina inspired the Hornet logo and colors.

The Hornets were not very successful in their early years, but they did make the playoffs in their third season. However, the team’s performance began to decline in the mid-1990s, and by 1997, the Hornets were the worst team in the NBA. Shinn hired Buzz Peterson as the new head coach to turn the team around. Peterson turned things around, and the Hornets made the playoffs in 2000.

However, the team’s success was short-lived, and they missed the playoffs in 2001. The following year, Shinn decided to move the team to New Orleans because he felt Charlotte did not have enough corporate support. The city of Charlotte was outraged, and the NBA did not award another expansion team to the city for 14 years. 

The Carolina Panthers

The Carolina Panthers are a professional American football team based in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Panthers compete in the National Football League (NFL), as a member club of the league’s National Football Conference (NFC) South division. The team is headquartered in Bank of America Stadium in uptown Charlotte; the stadium also serves as the home facility for the NFL’s Carolina Panthers, and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)’s Charlotte 49ers. The Panthers were announced as the league’s 29th franchise in 1993 and began to play in 1995 under the original owner and founder Jerry Richardson. In 2015, Forbes valued the Panthers at $1.58 billion, making them the 23rd-most valuable sports franchise in the world. Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris is the Panther’s current majority owner.

The Charlotte Bobcats 

The Bobcats compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member club of the league’s Eastern Conference Southeast Division. The team is owned by NBA legend Michael Jordan, who purchased the franchise in 2010. The Bobcats play their home games at the Spectrum Center in downtown Charlotte.

The Bobcats began to play as an expansion team during the 2004-05 NBA season. The franchise was created after the NBA awarded Charlotte an expansion franchise on December 18, 2002. The team’s name and logo were unveiled on June 4, 2003. The Bobcats put together a respectable 23-59 record during their inaugural season but failed to make the playoffs. In 2006-07, they improved to 32-50 and clinched their first playoff berth in franchise history. However, they were swept by the eventual champion Miami Heat in the first round of the playoffs.

The Bobcats struggled over the next few seasons and failed to make the playoffs again until 2009-10 when they went 44-38 and earned the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Unfortunately, they were swept by the Heat again in the first round. After a disappointing 2010-11 campaign, Jordan took over as majority owner of the team and vowed to turn things around. The Bobcats made significant strides under his leadership, posting a 43-39 record and qualifying for the playoffs in 2013-14. However, they were swept by the Heat in the first round of the playoffs.

Despite their lack of success on the court, the Charlotte Bobcats have been one of the most entertaining teams in the NBA over the last decade. Their fast-paced style of play and commitment to hard work has endeared them to fans all over North Carolina. Michael Jordan’s ownership has also helped to generate excitement and buzz around the team. With Jordan at the helm, there is no doubt that Charlotte will continue to be a force to be reckoned with in the NBA for years to come.


The Charlotte area has a long and proud history of sports teams. The Hornets, Panthers, and Bobcats have all brought excitement and entertainment to the city for years. Each team has its own unique story and identity. And each team has its own passionate fan base. As the city continues to grow, so too will its sports teams. With new stadiums and arenas being built and more corporate support coming in, Charlotte is poised to become one of the premier sports cities in the United States. So, whatever your favorite sport may be, you can be sure that there’s a team in Charlotte that you’ll enjoy rooting for.