Violas bring family, swagger to Panthers

Oct 12, 2013 1355

by Craig Davis

John Viola has been intently reading all of the news reports about his father's purchase of the Florida Panthers. What interests him most is found at the bottom of the articles online, where fans express their views and concerns about what this latest ownership change will mean to their team.

The oldest of new owner Vinnie Viola's three sons understands fans' emotional investment from how hard his grandfather took the move of his beloved Dodgers from Brooklyn to Los Angeles. "My grandfather stopped watching baseball in 1957 and didn't watch again until I got the job with the Yankees in 2000 because the Dodgers left," said John Viola, who like younger brother Travis is a former Yankees batboy. "That's real feeling."

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