This may turn into a ramble, there's a good chance in fact. But I've spent the best part of the last nine hours on the phone, so there's a lot of stuff happening.
Here's what I know at the moment, after one of the oddest days I've spent covering the Panthers:
-- The team's not for sale. The team's not moving. Was never a possibility.
-- The Richardson sons are still in the will, so to speak. They're still ownership. Just not working day-to-day in the family business.
-- Jerry Richardson has a plan, he's just not sharing it widely at the moment.
-- There will be a business-side officer, and someone to look after the stadium. Just might not carry the same titles as the jobs did when his sons held them.
-- The football side of this isn't going to change much, or most likely at all.
GM Marty Hurney and coach John Fox report directly to Jerry Richardson, and that's not going to change.
Here's some stuff I'm willing to believe, having heard so many stories it's hard to keep track.
-- There's a sense both sons want to stretch their legs, do something on their own.
Jon was already a successful businessman when he came on board. Mark's mostly worked for dad, but is a talented businessman in his own right.
Jerry Richardson's charisma is so tangible it could drive a car. His shadow is long. It probably gets chilly under there, and you could only imagine the pressure.
If his father owned an NFL team, Jerry would probably want to make his own name as well.
-- The relationship between the brothers might be some degree of an issue, but it's neither a civil war nor an episode of Dallas, with the good brother Bobby and the mean one J.R. struggling over Jock's empire.
Both these guys are fascinating, complex characters.
Both are their father's sons.
They are strong-minded, and smart.
You can imagine how that might not always be the most harmonious existence.
-- If I know anything about Jerry Richardson, he's got a list, written in felt-tip pen, of some names he's going to want to talk to soon. He'll take some suggestions from people he trusts, and then he'll go through them on his own.
One of his trademarks is his willingness to listen to the input of others. He'll make notes, consider everything.
And then when he makes a decision, it's his. No wiggle room, none needed.
Due diligence is part of the organizational culture, and it's because of the guy upstairs.
When decisions are made, they're made confidently.
That's what makes today so fascinating, because he had to deliver the message to his investors that his kids were out and he was fine, and he had to sell it.
Apparently he did, even though it was likely the toughest pitch he ever had to make.
It's a family business. Which means family first.