With the recent news that Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson intends to sell the franchise after the season, some have wondered whether or not the team will remain in Charlotte. Charlotte mayor Vi Lyles is doing her best to dispel that notion, saying that the city is committed to keeping the Panthers in town. “The City of Charlotte values its long-running relationship with the Panthers after more than 22 seasons of NFL football,” said Lyles, who is also a season-ticket holder, in a statement, according to David Newton of ESPN. “The Panthers are part of Charlotte’s fabric. We’ve celebrated victories and anguished over defeats. We understand transitions are inevitable, and we look forward to working with current and future ownership.”