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lee909 01-29-2013 03:33 AM

L.A Falcons?
Report: Los Angeles wants Falcons
Jan 29, 2013 12:12 a.m.

FOX 5 has learned that the city of Los Angeles has expressed interest in acquiring the Atlanta Falcons.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed is warning city council members about business interests in Los Angeles who want to move the Falcons to the west coast. Team owner Arthur Blank shared that information with top city and state officials in their discussions about financing a new stadium in downtown Atlanta.

Two council members who met with Mayor Kasim Reed told FOX 5's Morse Diggs about private discussions the mayor hosted at City Hall.

Reed called in council members one at a time to tell them that the city needs to take a more aggressive lead in the public financing portion of the proposed open air stadium.

The Falcons would foot most of the $1-billion bill for the new stadium, but the state would have to come up with $300 million, most of which would come from an extension of a current hotel-motel tax. The move would require the state legislature to increase the World Congress Center's debt limit by $100 million.

Earlier, Gov. Nathan Deal said the climate at the state Capitol would not be favorable for the state to take the lead.

Council members also reported the mayor described Blank as being willing to increase the percentage the Falcons might pay to make the billion dollar deal possible.

The city of Los Angeles has been without an NFL franchise for almost two decades. In 1994, the Rams moved to St. Louis. A year later, the Raiders relocated to Oakland. Los Angeles remains the largest metropolitan area without pro football, and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell reportedly wants a team in the city.

SloMotion 01-29-2013 05:20 AM

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Are you sure this ain't the Onion? I don't think Atlanta even wants the Falcons, :lol:.

lee909 01-29-2013 05:26 AM

Just spotted the headlines.
Sounds like somebody trying to get from the city for stadium improvements.

Crusader 01-29-2013 06:58 AM

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Playin the old LA card are we?

atltillidie 01-29-2013 08:05 AM

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"NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell reportedly wants a team in the city."

This REALLY scares me.

I'll be pissed and sad if this happens... :(

|Mitch| 01-29-2013 08:07 AM

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TheOak 01-29-2013 10:02 AM

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Originally Posted by atltillidie (Post 476160)
"NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell reportedly wants a team in the city."

This REALLY scares me.

I'll be pissed and sad if this happens... :(

Dont fret. You will not be losing too many years as a vested Falcons fan.

PS... The waiting list to be a Saints fan is very long so that probably wouldn't be an option for you for another 237 years if the Falcons leave.

QBREES9 01-29-2013 02:20 PM

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The FalClowns aren't going anywhere

atltillidie 01-29-2013 02:54 PM

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^But just thinking of it makes me uncomfortable...

Wilde18 01-29-2013 02:59 PM

No matter where, they suck anyways

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