ATLANTA -- Falcons owner Arthur Blank informed Atlanta city council members the franchise was being courted by a group from Los Angeles, an Atlanta television station reported late Monday, inviting a perceived threat to negotiations that have thus far proceeded smoothly.
As word spread, Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed took to the radio on Tuesday, in the form of the Falcons broadcast partner, 790 The Zone, to try and tamp down any controversy; but his comments only served to confirm the facts.
Reed was referencing the fact the San Francisco 49ers new stadium will be built in Santa Clara, Calif., 45 miles away, which Reed said was "an hour and a half away." Nonetheless, Reed maintained the talks have not been adversarial between the team and the city of Atlanta, which, in the current financing plan, is not being asked to contribute to the proposed stadium -- although it is possible that Reed might change that aspect of the plan.
"It was really a conversation about the landscape," Reed...