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07:03 AM ET 06.28 | Those compelling drawings of a proposed new stadium for Atlanta remain all dressed with no place to go. Negotiations to buy the land for the new Falcons stadium are at a standstill. Friendship Baptist Church says it wants a face to face meeting with the Mayor and more money. The city doesn't seem interested in giving them either. In a candid conversation with Lloyd Hawk, the chairman of the board of trustees for the church, he stressed the focus for him is the financial health of the congregation and community it serves, not Falcons fans. "At the end of the day, it's really not a dollar amount that's important to us, for us it's the outcome," said Hawk. In an exclusive interview, Mayor Kasim Reed told 11Alive, the church's price for that 'outcome' is $24.5 million. It's a price Reed says is simply too high.

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June 28, 2013  07:06 AM ET

Interesting, it's not about the money but in order to solve the stand-off they will need more money.

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June 28, 2013  08:25 AM ET
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Interesting, it's not about the money but in order to solve the stand-off they will need more money.

Yeah, it's not about the dollar amount, but they want more money?

Gotta hand it to them Baptists.

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June 28, 2013  08:33 AM ET

Them Baptists are in an excellent negotiating position

June 28, 2013  08:40 AM ET
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Them Baptists are in an excellent negotiating position

Yes the are. You don't want to meet their price, then move on. Problem is, the city and state will do an "eminent domain" swindle, just the same thing George w Bush did in Texas when he was a shadow owner of the Rangers and they got their land for a new stadium and the franchise price went way up and then he sold out....

June 28, 2013  08:45 AM ET

mayor says the " Church's " price is too high but he has no problem with $ 277 million coming from public funding and a hotel tax. The dome is not, and will not be paid off at the time it is demolished.

June 28, 2013  09:59 AM ET

Los Angeles Falcons.

June 28, 2013  10:09 AM ET

Mayor Kasim Reed has Noooo problem with the NFL leaching $277 million from the good people of the city but draws the line at $24.5 million to a church. got it! What a guy.

June 28, 2013  10:44 AM ET
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What? How old is the Georgia Dome? A decade?New stadium my ****...

The Dome opened in 1992.

The Falcons DO NOT need an open-air stadium! People down here are weather wimps & won't sit in the stands unless the weather is perfect. If it's too hot or too cold, they'll just stay home. Plus, it's used for college bowl games, concerts, etc. It's a nice facility; I was just there for my graduation for my MA degree.

June 28, 2013  11:00 AM ET
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The Dome opened in 1992.The Falcons DO NOT need an open-air stadium! People down here are weather wimps & won't sit in the stands unless the weather is perfect. If it's too hot or too cold, they'll just stay home. Plus, it's used for college bowl games, concerts, etc. It's a nice facility; I was just there for my graduation for my MA degree.

All true, but it is not about the fans or the weather, it is about corporate seating and suites. Home team gets a 60/40 split I believe on general ticket sales but gets to keep ALL of the money generated from suites and the like.

And there you have it.

June 28, 2013  11:33 AM ET

Los Angeles Falcons anyone?!

June 28, 2013  11:53 AM ET
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People down here are weather wimps & won't sit in the stands unless the weather is perfect.

Boy are they living in the wrong state!

June 28, 2013  12:43 PM ET
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All true, but it is not about the fans or the weather, it is about corporate seating and suites. Home team gets a 60/40 split I believe on general ticket sales but gets to keep ALL of the money generated from suites and the like.And there you have it.

Good point, but the Falcons don't have a devoted fan base like Pittsburgh, Green Bay, or a handful of other teams where fans will sit outside in any weather to see the game.

June 28, 2013  01:54 PM ET
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All true, but it is not about the fans or the weather, it is about corporate seating and suites. Home team gets a 60/40 split I believe on general ticket sales but gets to keep ALL of the money generated from suites and the like.

And there you have it.

Don't forget Super Bowls...

June 28, 2013  02:17 PM ET
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Los Angeles Falcons anyone?!

Didn't I say that?

 
June 29, 2013  12:42 AM ET
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Yeah, it's not about the dollar amount, but they want more money?Gotta hand it to them Baptists.

Perhaps they could take a page out of Alexander VI's book and sell beatitudes.

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