3. Carolina Panthers
Price of a small draft beer: $7.50 for 20 ounces
Price per ounce: 37.5 cents
The $6 for $22 ounces originally reported by TMR would be easily the biggest steal in the league -- if it were so. Unfortunately, as the Charlotte Observer reported, that's the size of their 12-ounce beer, which adds up to 50 cents an ounce. The larger version, however, is far more of a bonus for fans who already have high hopes for quarterback Cam Newton and their team.
The 2011 Rookie of the Year hasn't posted a winning record yet, but these things take time. Meanwhile, Panthers ownership is hoping their cheap beer softens up fans enough to make them forget that they not only gave owner Jerry Richardson $87.5 million in tax money for renovations to 17-year-old Bank of America Stadium, but only got him to promise that he'd keep the team in town for another six years. Six. That's more than $14.5 million per year, and $116 per Charlotte resident whether they see the Panthers play or not.Maybe Panthers fans are confident Newton can get the town a Super Bowl ring during that span. If not, maybe their $87.5 million investment will pay off for Los Angeles or London sometime after 2020.