Posted January 29, 2013

Los Angeles leaders have reportedly approached Falcons about move

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Falcons owner Arthur Blank has experienced resistance for new stadium funding from some Georgia politicians. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Falcons owner Arthur Blank has experienced resistance for new stadium funding from some Georgia politicians. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

The Atlanta Falcons are the latest NFL team linked to a possible move to the Los Angeles market, according to the Atlanta Business Chronicle.

Falcons owner Arthur Blank reportedly told Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed and other officials that Los Angeles leaders have approached him about moving the franchise to Southern California.

Gov. Nathan Deal expressed concern Tuesday.

“It’s incumbent on us to make sure we don’t lose the franchise,” Deal said.

“What it does is emphasize the fact that having a major football team like the Atlanta Falcons is a sought-after commodity,” Deal said. “I recognize that fact.”

Deal did not tie Blank’s report to his team’s negotiations with the state on financial incentives toward construction of a new $1 billion stadium. The city of Atlanta may also be drawn into financial talks if the state’s package does not suit the team. Deal credited Blank with not yet threatening to move the Falcons.

“Arthur Blank has never played that card, and I give him credit for that,” said Deal, who added that “I have not had any direct conversations about this.”

While Deal has supported dedicating $300 million in hotel tax revenue in a partnership with the team, he is still calling on the team to carry a substantial load. Blank is on the record desiring a new downtown stadium, but some Georgia legislators have publicly protested the concept of any public financing for the new stadium.


5 comments
Gman84
Gman84

You can have’em LA-but be careful what you ask for.

 

27 years ago the Falcons threatened a move to Jacksonville if they didn’t get a new stadium. Like fools we build this cursed franchise the Ga Dome.

Q: what exactly would Falcon fans have missed if they’d moved 27 years ago?

A: An unprecedented run of abject failure interrupted by brief periods of mediocrity, the Super Bowl 33 embarrassment (on and off the field) and the latest collapse: blowing a 17 point lead at home in the NFC title game and watching everything fall apart on the 10 yards from the Super Bowl.

 

They wouldn't last 5 years in LA

 

 

 

jeffcooper71
jeffcooper71

So as a Falcon fan and Atlanta taxpayer opposed to a new stadium, I am supposed to fall for this racket?

The governor wants me to believe that Arthur Blank is going to move his team to LA. Really? So Aurthur Blank is going to pay high California taxes instead of low GA taxes? Los Angeles, a city that has had its NFL franchise move not once but twice, due to a lack of interest, is now in a frenzy for the Atlanta Falcons? I don't think so. The GA dome is fine. So what if the NFL commissioner will not let us host another Superbowl. How is a Superbowl once every 7-10 years going to pay for a billion dollar stadium? Slap a new coat of paint on it, fix the roof and spend the remaining 200+ million on additional parking and exits that get fans in and out of that south Fulton county dump as quickly as possible.

Whereswaldo
Whereswaldo

Teachers and other state employees being furloughed and laid off, GA's larger cities' infrastructure in disrepair, the state's roads are crumbling and the we want to spend 1 billion on a stadium. Set your priorities and tell Arthur to fly west with the birds.  California's economy is worse than ours. I agree with Larry Bradford - let Blank build his own blankity blank stadium!

larrybradford
larrybradford

Another taxpayer money grab. Atlanta Mayor is the typical dumbass politician. Let them go to LA, Atlanta certainly don't need them and their billion dollar stadium. Oh, and Blank already has the money to build his own stadium, so let him do it without the taxpayer.

BryanCustard
BryanCustard

 @jeffcooper71 I do understand if you are against having public financing going to a stadium deal (I am an Atlanta resident and have mixed opinions about the whole deal), but please read the articles and get informed. The proposed stadium does have a $1 billion price tag, however, Arthur Blank has already agreed to pay $700 million of the cost of the stadium, and has A) asked the state for $300 million, not the full $1 billion to build the stadium and B) consulted with city/state leaders on proposed location sites (for civic planning and determining if any extra costs would be incurred in infrastructure around the stadium i.e., widening streets, reworking thoroughfares for excess traffic, etc.). Blank is offering to pay for a substantial amount of money for the stadium, about 70% of the cost, yet everyone seems to think he has asked the city/state for over a billlion dollars.

 

If you are gonna spend the $200+ million on the new roof and the thoroughfares out of south Fulton as you stated, why not spend the extra and get the brand new stadium? (Meant as a Devil's Advocate response simply to hear more of your opinion, as I said before my mind is definitely not made up on the issue and would love for more discourse from others)