The new home of the Los Angeles Falcons of Los Angeles?
No, not the Staples Center, that thing behind it.
Arthur Blank is ramping up efforts to get a new stadium in Downtown Atlanta approved – by suggesting business groups from Los Angeles have been sniffing around our Atlanta Falcons about a move three hours into the past.
In speaking to the Mayor and some Atlanta city council members, Blank has warned in non-specific terms that LA is a very nice place with great weather and celebrities live there.
Moving to LA has long been the spectre called upon by NFL owners to encourage their current local governments to improve or replace their stadia, but in the past that has never resulted in a team actually moving there. However, now there are plans for a stadium to attract an NFL team on a timeline that dovetails nicely with a Falcons move.
Despite the other hurdles that still remain for a LA move (other team owners approval, actual finding of buyers, lease terms, massive smog, Amanda Bynes driving), that the Falcons owner is mentioning LA is a significant change in the negotiations. Next step: Brinkmanship and ultimatums, which are my favorite part of any healthy relationship.
UPDATE: Falcons move ahead with design and narrow down architecture firms. (AJC)