The buzz around Atlanta right now is that the Falcons may head west to Los Angeles if they don’t get a new stadium. Mayor Kasim Reed, in a meeting with the Atlanta City Council on January 25, 2013 made the statement that if the Falcons didn’t get a new stadium, they may move to LA. The statement was unfounded from the start. Why would the Falcons move to a city where they would have to, at least for a time, play in an even older stadium than their current facility? After Reed made the comment the city seemed to be set ablaze with anger towards Arthur Blank. Local radio host, Red State blogger and Fox News contributor Eric Erickson seemed to go a bit overboard with the news. On his evening radio show he said “go, just go”. Well, as it turns out, Blank never said he would move the team. According to WISTV, Mayor Reed simply brought it up as a possibility in a briefing to the City Council given that LA is hoping to get back into the NFL market. The statement was later leaked by a council member and all of Atlanta’s sports analysts and even some political analysts decided to run with it before talking to Blank. So fear not Falcons fans, your team isn’t moving any time soon. Why would a team want to leave the Atlanta market? It’s a big city that is easy to attract players to. Smaller market teams will be the ones looking to make a move.
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