How do You Feel About the Atlanta Falcons Potential Move to LA?

Atlanta's mayor and council discuss the matter, as well as with Falcons owner Arthur Blank.

The latest NFL team to be mentioned in buzz about possibly moving to Los Angeles is the Atlanta Falcons, who just happen to be involved in stadium discussions in Atlanta.

Fox5 Atlanta has reported that Falcons owner Arthur Blank has "shared information" with Atlanta officials that business interests in Los Angeles are interested in moving the team to the West Coast.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed has been calling in City Council members individually to tell them that that the city needs to take a more aggressive lead in the public financing portion of the proposed stadium, according to the report.

The Los Angeles area has been without an NFL team since after the 1994 season, when the Raiders moved back to Oakland and the Rams, who played in suburban Orange County, moved to St. Louis.

The Falcons have been in discussion with state officials about a new stadium with a retractable roof to replace the 20-year-old Georgia Dome. The price tag would be about $1 billion, with about $200-300 million of that paid for by public bonds.

However, Gov. Nathan Deal has said that state officials still have questions about the public funding portion of the new facility.

In Los Angeles, the Falcons would have to play in an even older facility, at least in the short term. The Los Angeles Coliseum was built before World War II, as was the venerable Rose Bowl in Pasadena. The facility in Anaheim where the Rams played has been converted to baseball only, for the Angels.

According to Bleacher Report, NFL vice president of business operations Eric Grubman told the Los Angeles Times that there are some new issues that have gotten in the way of bringing the NFL back to Los Angeles. However, it is still a priority if there is a way it can succeed. 

We solved a couple of the key issues that we thought were major impediments, but some others have cropped up. We're still of a mindset to return to Los Angeles, if we can do it in a way that makes us sure that we're going to have great success.

The Carolina Panthers were the previous latest team to be involved in "move to LA" talk, according to the Times.

-- Should public money be used to help pay for a new Falcons stadium? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

David Binder January 31, 2013 at 07:21 AM
They're a bunch of (way) over-paid jocks complaining of wanting (entitled to ?) a new stadium. And they want taxpayers to pay for 70-80 % ? Seriously ? I miss the days back in the 60's when the Falcons came to Atlanta & the game was the focus not making MILLIONS of dollars each. Back then my Dad & I worked for the team photographing the games. I say let each player kick in & foot the bill or they can pack their bags. Thanks for the loyalty Mr Blank.
"B" January 31, 2013 at 02:13 PM
Let them go - WE don' need another stadium - period. Since they seem to be using this as an indirect "threat" - all the more reason to say "Bye"! Glad to see them go!
Mathew Carroll January 31, 2013 at 02:26 PM
Letting them leave would cost the metro Atlanta area valuable jobs and to Dave its more like twenty or thirty percent from the state. The Falcons are responsible for at least 70%. I for one would take a small pay cut to see a new dome built because your talking about more jobs for the unemployed and the Falcons deserve it.
Pissed Off January 31, 2013 at 08:50 PM
There's nothing in this deal for the citizens...we won't receive any of benefits of a new statium. I'm a season ticket holder and still can't see what the benefit will be for me...The Falcons have money, adding taxes to hotel and the people for the team to have a new statium and the don't forget about the proposed seat tax (1 time deal supposedly). If all the franchise can do is threaten to move the team then move the team in order to get money out the state or city then go to the West Coast and see what kind of support they get. EVERYONE from A-Z hated on them except their loyal fans in Atlanta so go ahead and move and see if anyone remember who they are...
Christan April 17, 2013 at 11:36 PM
It's not like the new stadium would only be for the Falcons. Regardless of whether or not you like the Atlanta Falcons having the new stadium would create jobs and continue to bring in revenue for our state. Think about the money one game generates in revenue for our state, hotel owners, families that count on those games to provide for their families. Not to mention this year they have a great team! Just because they haven't won a Superbowl yet doesn't mean that their a bad team. Rise up and show some support. I bet everyone of you that left a negative comment isn't even from Georgia. I've lived here all my life and love the Falcons win or lose.


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