Panthers name Becker COO, now runs daily operation

  • Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson watches the action during the first half of an NFL football game between the Carolina Panthers and the Green Bay Packers in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017. The Carolina Panthers have announced that owner Jerry Richardson is selling the NFL franchise amid an investigation by the league into allegations of sexual and racist misconduct by Richardson in the workplace. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn) Mike McCarn

  • Panthers coach Ron Rivera answers a question about the allegations against team owner Jerry Richardson, and the announced sale of the team during a weekly press conference on Monday. AP

  • Carolina Panthers NFL football head coach Ron Rivera pauses to answer a question about the allegations against team owner Jerry Richardson, and the announced sale of the team at the end of the season, during a weekly press conference at Bank of America Stadium on Monday, Dec. 18, 2017. (David T. Frost III/The Charlotte Observer via AP) David T. Foster III

Associated Press
Tuesday, December 19, 2017

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Panthers have announced Tina Becker has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer and been given full control of the day-to-day management of the organization.

The move comes after the NFL launched an investigation into alleged sexual and racist misconduct by longtime owner Jerry Richardson. The 81-year-old is stepping away from the daily operation of the team and will focus on the pending sale of the franchise.

“These have been some of the most difficult days of my 19 years with the Panthers, but I am lifted up by the strong resolve and the commitment our employees have shown to this organization,” Becker said in a news release Monday. “Our team on the field is performing at a very high level, and I believe is bound for the Super Bowl.

“My immediate focus will be to ensure the corporate side of the organization performs at the same high level, while addressing the real concerns that have been raised in recent days.”

Team president Danny Morrison had resigned earlier in the year, and there was no COO before, or after, his resignation.

Becker began her career with the Panthers as a cheerleader and later became the squad’s coach. She has served in a variety of other management roles during her career with the Panthers, including directing the organization’s business and administrative operations, ticketing and sponsorship, and stadium operations as well as dealing with league affairs.

Prior to joining the owner’s office, Becker was the team’s director of entertainment from 2012-14.