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09:16 AM ET 11.13 | The prospects for a new football stadium in Atlanta received a boost Thursday when NFL commissioner Roger Goodell indicated a new home for the Falcons could help the city land hosting privileges for a third Super Bowl. But the Falcons and the Georgia World Congress Center Authority, which operates the team's current home, the Georgia Dome, said Friday only that negotiations are still ongoing and that "everything remains on the table." The Falcons say they prefer an open-air stadium while GWCCA leaders commissioned a study that looked at alternatives to a new field, including expanding the Dome and adding a retractable roof. Falcons President Rich McKay said in June a retractable-roof stadium would be too expensive, while renovation of the Dome would not give the Falcons the state-of-the-art facility they seek.

Atlanta Journal Constitution

Arthur Blank, Roddy White, AP Arthur Blank, Roddy White, AP
November 13, 2010  09:23 AM ET

Don't know about the stadium thing, but Matt Ryan sure looked good against Baltimore's defense.

November 13, 2010  09:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Don't know about the stadium thing, but Matt Ryan sure looked good against Baltimore's defense.

Matt Ryan may turn out to be the best player to come out of that draft and there were some pretty good players come out with him.

November 13, 2010  09:32 AM ET

I like the NFL but it sure can be greedy.

November 13, 2010  09:35 AM ET

So, they extend the hotel tax to the year 2050? Heck that is three more stadiums away.
NFL owners are taking cities and taxpayers for a ride. Just ell the NFL no. But they can do what they want with their own money. They have it.

November 13, 2010  10:02 AM ET

I wasn't a believer until they marched down the field and made it look easy in the 4th quarter against the Ravens. Made me want to retire my Ray Lewis jersey. Wonder if they'll threaten a move if they don't get the stadium deal?

November 13, 2010  10:03 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Don't know about the stadium thing, but Matt Ryan sure looked good against Baltimore's defense.

Yep - and if they get home field in the playoffs they are going to be one big ol' tough out.

November 13, 2010  10:14 AM ET
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Yep - and if they get home field in the playoffs they are going to be one big ol' tough out.

Yes they are. The Saints have their hands full in that division.

November 13, 2010  10:30 AM ET

I dont get it, each week I watch the Falcons win Matt Ryan and Roddy White are smooth operators with great composure in the clutch. Now why do NFL analyst still scratch their heads about whos the best in the NFC at 7-2?
This season reminds me of the 98 Falcons, They want get anyones attention until the NFC championship game.

November 13, 2010  10:31 AM ET

"The Falcons say they prefer an open-air stadium ..." What the Falcons *really* prefer is a fancy, new stadium that 'someone else' pays for.

November 13, 2010  10:46 AM ET

Isn't their owner one of the founders of Home Depot? There are any number of dudes hanging around in his parking lots that will help build it for a very modest fee.

November 13, 2010  10:58 AM ET

Where can they threaten to go if they don't get a new stadium?
How many teams can threaten to move to LA?

November 13, 2010  11:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Don't know about the stadium thing, but Matt Ryan sure looked good against Baltimore's defense.

Exactly right...Ryan is the real deal.

November 13, 2010  11:25 AM ET

It's not like the Georgia Dome is that old....ow they already want to replace it??? Gimme a break

November 13, 2010  11:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

So, they extend the hotel tax to the year 2050? Heck that is three more stadiums away. NFL owners are taking cities and taxpayers for a ride. Just ell the NFL no. But they can do what they want with their own money. They have it.

Agreed. Asking taxpayers to foot the bill for a stadium in this economic environment - with higher unemployment, lower tax revenues - is beyond insulting. These people have the money. Even if they have to be creative, they can make it work on their own dime.

November 13, 2010  11:31 AM ET

Ryan is the real deal, but the Falcons need to put together a few really good years before they deserve a new stadium

November 13, 2010  11:47 AM ET

These new stadiums are a way to bleed the fans and the taxpayers.

November 13, 2010  12:07 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

I dont get it, each week I watch the Falcons win Matt Ryan and Roddy White are smooth operators with great composure in the clutch. Now why do NFL analyst still scratch their heads about whos the best in the NFC at 7-2?This season reminds me of the 98 Falcons, They want get anyones attention until the NFC championship game.

I would hope after Thursday night they have everyone's attention.

November 13, 2010  12:24 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

I dont get it, each week I watch the Falcons win Matt Ryan and Roddy White are smooth operators with great composure in the clutch. Now why do NFL analyst still scratch their heads about whos the best in the NFC at 7-2?This season reminds me of the 98 Falcons, They want get anyones attention until the NFC championship game.

I'm convinced. Falcons and G-Men seem clear favorites in NFC.

November 13, 2010  01:02 PM ET
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Isn't their owner one of the founders of Home Depot? There are any number of dudes hanging around in his parking lots that will help build it for a very modest fee.

Ya, have sort of stadium raising party were they get unemployed construction workers from around the country for minimum wage or better yet he can bring them across the border, pay them below minimum wage in cash, avoid S.S. tax and union dues, and if any become sick or injured they can be deported in the wink of an eye.

 
November 13, 2010  01:25 PM ET

You've got to be F_ckin kidding me. Their stadium was built in the 90s. Now it's not good enough? Like any state government has the money to do things like this in this terrible economy. Tell them to go **** themselves.

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