(By Mike McCarn/AP Photo)

Panthers owner Jerry Richardson has remained loyal the NFL shield until the end.

Carolina’s home, Bank of America Stadium, is adorned with the NFL shield today at the middle of the field _ just as it always has been since the Panthers started playing here in 1996.

That is because, in Richardson’s eyes, the league deserves to come first.

The Panthers are the only team in the league that features the NFL logo (rather than their own team logo) at midfield of their stadium. Instead, the Panthers have two smaller team logos at the 25-yard-line on each side of the field.

Whether or not that will continue to be a Panthers tradition when Richardson sells the team remains to be seen. Richardson, who did attend Sunday's game against Tampa Bay along with his wife Rosalind, announced last Sunday he is selling the team just two days after he came under investigation for sexual and racial misconduct in the workplace.

Sunday could be his last home game as NFL owner unless the Panthers win the NFC South and host a playoff game.

Richardson relinquished control of day-to-day operations last week to work on the sale of the team. Tina Becker is the new COO and has control over all team-related decisions.