Report: Arthur Blank Says Los Angeles Has Interest in Falcons Franchise (Update)

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistJanuary 29, 2013

ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 20:  Owner Arthur Blank of the Atlanta Falcons walks on the field before the Falcons take on the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship game at the Georgia Dome on January 20, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Some city council members in Atlanta have explored business interests in Los Angeles that could include moving the Falcons to the City of Angels, team owner Arthur Blank told city and state officials (via My Fox 5 in Atlanta). 

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.

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

The NFL and Los Angeles have been trying to make something happen basically since the Raiders moved back to Oakland in 1995. For whatever reason, things have not worked out between the two sides. 

In a recent interview with Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times, NFL vice president of business operations Eric Grubman said that there are some new issues that have gotten in the way of bringing the NFL back to Los Angeles, but 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.

One common thought that always creeps up in these rumors is that a team struggling to draw fans, like Jacksonville, would be smart to move to Los Angeles. 

But why would Los Angeles want a franchise like the Jaguars? 

If there is a chance for Los Angeles to get a team that is not far from winning a Super Bowl, like the Falcons, wouldn't that seem like a more appropriate move for the city to try and make?

The Falcons have been trying to get a new stadium built in Atlanta, but there are serious financial roadblocks standing in the way of that getting passed through. 

Los Angeles is the biggest media market in the United States that doesn't have an NFL team. It makes sense for the league to want a franchise there. There is the question of how sustainable football is in the city, since it was unable to hold the two teams it had 20 years ago. 

Nothing with the Falcons is imminent. These discussions between Atlanta city council workers are just business people doing what they feel is in their best interest right now. 

Update: According to Pat Yasinskas of ESPN.com, Blank has publicly denied the previously reported rumors from My Fox Atlanta.


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