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Luke DeCock

Wondering why this man wants to buy the Canes? Here’s your answer.

Chuck Greenberg, who has a term sheet in place to buy the Hurricanes from Peter Karmanos, helped Mario Lemieux save the Pittsburgh Penguins, was the point man on a deal to purchase the Atlanta Hawks, Thrashers and Philips Arena and was briefly the managing partner of the Texas Rangers before focusing on minor-league baseball teams in Frisco and Myrtle Beach.

Luke DeCock

Dramatic Major League Soccer stadium plan faces dramatic challenges

The fate of the gorgeous, $150 million stadium – the keystone of North Carolina FC’s MLS expansion bid – and everything it could do for downtown Raleigh now hinges on the whim of the N.C. General Assembly, which will have to sanction the sale of the state land where the stadium will go while welcoming a new, imposing neighbor to the state government campus.

Luke DeCock

A Q&A with ACC commissioner John Swofford at the Football Kickoff

On July 14, 2017 at the ACC Football Kickoff, John Swofford sat down for a Q&A with The News & Observer that touched on a variety of other issues facing the ACC and college athletics, including the revenue gap with the SEC and Big Ten, Louisville’s issues both financially and with the NCAA and the future of the conference.

Luke DeCock

Here are 4 ways a new owner could help improve the Hurricanes

If the proposed sale of the Carolina Hurricanes from Peter Karmanos to a group led by attorney Chuck Greenberg goes through, there will be a number of areas where the new owners will have an opportunity to make an immediate impact. Under Karmanos, there has been some deferred maintenance in the market, especially when compared to other non-traditional hockey markets like Nashville and Tampa Bay.

Luke DeCock

Why the hint of a Hurricanes sale is better than another day in limbo

Finally, some hope for the future for Carolina Hurricanes fans – and not only on the ice, where the team’s future is increasingly bright, but in the owner’s suite as well, where Peter Karmanos is fielding an offer to buy the team. The news Thursday that there’s a potential deal in place appears to be the beginning of the end for the Hurricanes’ time in ownership purgatory.

Luke DeCock

Here’s the position the ACC created for NC State’s Jaylen Samuels

Until this year, trying to pin down Jaylen Samuels by position was as hard as trying to pin him down on the field. The N.C. State star hasn’t changed. The ACC had to adapt to him. The elusive tight end/running back/wide receiver/utility player from Charlotte hasn’t always gotten the recognition he’s deserved because he falls through the voting cracks. There’s no chance that happens again, because the ACC created a positionless position just for Samuels: all-purpose back.

Luke DeCock

No doubting Slavin’s worth to Hurricanes now – DeCock

If Jaccob Slavin's performance last season didn't open eyes around the league his new contract will. By signing a seven-year contract extension worth $37 million, Slavin not only cemented his place as the cornerstone of the Carolina Hurricanes' defense but will earn a second look from those who had overlooked him before.


NC State Wolfpack's Samuels talks about the adding of a 'JaySam' position to preseason All-ACC team

NC State's Jaylen Samuels talks to the media about the Wolfpack's upcoming season during the ACC Football Kickoff Media Day in Charlotte, NC, Thursday, July 13, 2017.
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NC State Wolfpack's Samuels talks about the adding of a 'JaySam' position to preseason All-ACC team 3:10

NC State Wolfpack's Samuels talks about the adding of a 'JaySam' position to preseason All-ACC team

ACC football hopes for a repeat of last season 0:56

ACC football hopes for a repeat of last season

Hurricanes' Slavin, Francis talk contract 1:56

Hurricanes' Slavin, Francis talk contract

How hyped are you for Wolfpack football? 0:46

How hyped are you for Wolfpack football?