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Past articles by Erik:

How Charlotte won NBA showcase (and it wasn't easy)

On the morning of April 17, Charlotte Hornets executive Fred Whitfield received an email asking him to join a conference call at 11 a.m. Others on the line included Tom Murray, head of the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority, and Ron Kimble, the deputy city manager. → Read More

Ready or not, here comes Charlotte's streetcar

Here comes the victory lap for the streetcar. Next month, former mayor Anthony Foxx, the current transportation secretary under President Obama, returns home for a ribbon-cutting with Charlotte politicians and others who have supported the streetcar line. → Read More

Father knows best: Dell Curry on the NBA Finals

NBA MVP Steph Curry grew up in Charlotte, the son of Charlotte Hornets favorite Dell Curry. Now the father is watching the son as the NBA Finals tip off Thursday night in Oakland. → Read More

Paying tribute to the military at Charlotte sports events — but no payments involved

Six thousand active-duty soliders, their families and veterans will attend the NASCAR race at Charlotte Motor Speedway over Memorial Day weekend. → Read More

Charlotte to host soccer friendly featuring Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain

Bank of America Stadium will host three international soccer matches in July, adding Chelsea-PSG to an already-announced Gold Cup doubleheader earlier in the month. → Read More

Charlotte Independence soccer team hopes to gain traction - Charlotte Business Journal

So, who are the Charlotte Independence and what are they doing? Glad you asked. The city’s new pro soccer team launched last year when two former Charlotte Bobcats executives, who spent the past few years building a lacrosse team, decided to take their pitch to the pitch. → Read More

On Charlotte's east side, stalled development plans not a pretty picture - Charlotte Business Journal

Two prominent city-owned properties. The hopes of struggling neighborhoods riding on glitzy developments requiring hefty public investments. And, after lengthy run-ups, two deals that collapsed, leaving the city searching for answers. → Read More

The drive to put Charlotte's Quail Hollow Club on a golf's global stage - Charlotte Business Journal

In 1996, the PGA Tour named Arnold Palmer captain of the U.S. Presidents Cup team. Palmer, credited with bringing golf to the masses during his glory days in the 1960s, also happens to be the source of inspiration for Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte. Johnny Harris, the club president, took one look at Palmer leading the Presidents Cup squad in the biennial match-play competition and, in… → Read More

Quail Hollow chosen to host Presidents Cup (PHOTOS) - Charlotte Business Journal

Charlotte’s Quail Hollow Club will host The Presidents Cup in 2021, PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem and Quail Hollow President Johnny Harris announced this morning. → Read More

NASCAR Hall of Fame ready to turn? - Charlotte Business Journal

High-profile events and support from NASCAR are, in part, just what city and civic boosters touted when they pushed for the $193 million investment in the NASCAR Hall of Fame. The numbers, of course, tell a different story — one centered on attendance shortfalls and financial deficits. → Read More

Incentives at top of N.C. legislature's agenda - Charlotte Business Journal

Chiquita Brands International plans to leave Charlotte within the next year to 18 months. Mercedes-Benz selected Atlanta over the Triangle this month for the carmaker’s relocated American headquarters. Major Charlotte employers continue to shift operations across the state line. And several foreign automakers are scouring the Southeast for possible plant sites. → Read More

Repeat after me: Google, gigabit, Google, gigabit - Charlotte Business Journal

A year of courtship lands Google's high-speed Internet and TV service in Charlotte, prompting another characteristically low-key announcement uptown. → Read More

Michael Jordan in tears as he accepts Charlotte Business Journal's Business Person of the Year honor - Charlotte Business Journal

"I take great pride in something the city of Charlotte can feel proud of," Michael Jordan told attendees at the CBJ Book of Lists gala on Tuesday at Time Warner Cable Arena. → Read More

How Charlotte caught the ACC’s attention - Charlotte Business Journal

In 1996, Raycom Sports recruited East Carolina to play N.C. State in what was then Charlotte’s brand new NFL stadium. Eighteen years later, what began with an occasional regular-season college matchup uptown has turned into a broader alliance with the Atlantic Coast Conference and an up-and-coming reputation in a sport that ignored the city for many years. → Read More

Charlotte Hornets homecoming a game changer - Charlotte Business Journal

Here comes Hugo. After more than a year of marketing and milestones, from logos and colors to uniforms and mascots, the Charlotte Hornets are ready to banish the word Bobcats to the trash heap of NBA history. Say hello, once again, to Buzz City. → Read More

DiMaggio, underwear and accents: Hugh McColl's World Series - Charlotte Business Journal

The former Bank of America CEO shares his picaresque debut attending baseball's World Series at age 14. → Read More

How the Carolina Panthers are building for the future - Charlotte Business Journal

The business of pro football may seem like a no-brainer, but the NFL has its franchises tackling everything from customer analytics to VIP access. Already the nation’s most popular sport and a business consisting of billion-dollar franchises and billion-dollar TV deals, what’s left to do to build value? Plenty, it turns out. → Read More

Charlotte Hornets: All dressed up and no place to go ... but up - Charlotte Business Journal

The Charlotte Hornets unveiled their new home floor at Time Warner Cable Arena on Thursday night as part of the NBA Draft, capping a yearlong process to de-Bobcat the NBA franchise. → Read More

Charlotte Hornets unveil new jerseys - Triangle Business Journal

The NBA Charlotte Hornets, in the midst of a rebranding campaign, offered a first glimpse of the uniforms the team will don when it takes the court this fall. → Read More

Did ‘clerical error’ already kill N.C. business-license tax? - Charlotte Business Journal

Co-chair of Senate finance committee, Charlotte city manager agree last session's mistake can and will be fixed as part of business-license debate. → Read More