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Florida Panthers Confused With NFL Team (Again) on TV News Graphic



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A screencap of a newscast from KABC-7 in Los Angeles misidentifies the Florida Panthers by using the Carolina Panthers logo. // KABC, @AwfulAnnouncing

SUNRISE — Once again, the Florida Panthers were confused with the NFL’s Carolina Panthers on a local television newscast.

Not a South Florida station, mind you, but KABC in Los Angeles.

On Saturday, KABC-7 showed a graphic promoting the Stanley Cup Final with the logo of the Edmonton Oilers and, you guessed it, the Carolina Panthers.

It was not just the black-and-blue panther head logo, either; it actually had the Carolina Panthers wordmark.

This has been a common theme over the years what with the commonalities between professional sports teams in North Carolina and South Florida.

FHN Archive: The Name Game — Carolina & Florida Panthers

You had the Florida Panthers join the NHL in 1993 — with Charlotte’s NFL expansion team naming itself the Panthers that same year.

As reminds us, ESPN mixed the two up just a few days ago when it referred to the Florida Panthers as Carolina on its crawl during the Eastern Conference final.

Then you have the former Hartford Whalers who borrowed the University of Miami nickname when they relocated to North Carolina in 1997.

That’s a whole different story.

Of course, turnabout is fair play.

In 2006, the Carolina Panthers played the Broncos in Super Bowl 50 — and a Canadian newscast used the Florida Panthers logo in promoting the game.

Carolina did not win that Super Bowl — but the Florida Panthers did win Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final on Saturday night.

So, all the Panthers can feel good about that.

For More FHN Coverage of the Florida Panthers:

Florida leads Best-of-7 Series 1-0
  • When: Monday, 8 p.m.
  • Where: Amerant Bank Arena, Sunrise
  • National TV: ABC
  • Streaming: ESPN+/Hulu
  • Radio: WQAM 560-AM; WPOW 96.5-FM2; WBZT 1230-AM (West Palm Beach); WCTH 100.3-FM (Florida Keys); WCZR 101.7-FM (Treasure Coast); SiriusXM
  • Panthers Radio Streaming: SiriusXM 932, NHL app
  • Series Schedule, All Games 8 p.m. on ABC — Game 1: @Florida 3, Edmonton 0; Game 2: Edmonton at Florida, Monday; Game 3: Florida at Edmonton, Thursday; Game 4:Florida at Edmonton, Saturday June 15; Game 5*: Edmonton at Florida, Tuesday June 18; Game 6*: Florida at Edmonton, Friday June 21; Game 7*: Edmonton at Florida, Monday June 24. (*) – If Necessary
  • How They Got Here — Florida: d. Tampa Bay 4-1, Boston 4-2, New York Rangers 4-2; Edmonton: d. Los Angeles 4-1, Vancouver 4-3, Dallas 4-2.
  • This Season (Florida Won 2-0) — At Florida: Panthers 5, Oilers 3 (Nov. 20). At Edmonton: Panthers 5, Oilers 2 (Dec. 17).
  • Last Season: Edmonton Won 2-0
  • All-time Regular Season Series: Oilers lead 23-16-0, 3 ties
  • Postseason History: First Meeting

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Rodney Dangerfield comes to mind…”I get no respect I tell ya, no respect ” ………..(Google it kids)

Armando Perez

The Panthers will never get any respect from anyone other than their fans until they win the Stanley Cup. I say this as a fan of the Panthers.

Duke del Valle

Happens all the time. Google “Panthers Score” in March, April, May, and June yet Carolina info comes up. Brilliant.

Go Cats.

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