Did you know that we have a neighbor who once was the general manager of the New England Patriots in the early 70’s and part owner of a professional football team?

Upton Bell was the owner of the long defunct Charlotte Hornets of the World Football League, a short-lived league that played one full season in 1974 and half of the 1975 season. But, man, it was an exciting time!

This story has an unlikely cast of characters, from a world-renowned TV mogul to a world-class con man, a cantankerous sports announcer, an immortal pro golfer, and hey, what story would be complete without a world famous kidnapping victim?

The Charlotte Hornets football team was also a financial nightmare! But Upton Bell tells ACMi News director Jeff Barnd he wouldn’t change one minute of it!