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Atlanta Falcons to LA? Well ...

Atlanta's mayor and council discuss the matter, as well as with Falcons owner Arthur Blank.

Atlanta Falcons to LA? Well ...

The latest NFL team to be mentioned in buzz about possibly moving to Los Angeles is the Atlanta Falcons, who just happen to be involved in stadium discussions in Atlanta.

Fox5 Atlanta has reported that Falcons owner Arthur Blank has "shared information" with Atlanta officials that business interests in Los Angeles are interested in moving the team to the West Coast.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed has been calling in City Council members individually to tell them that that the city needs to take a more aggressive lead in the public financing portion of the proposed stadium, according to the report.

The Los Angeles area has been without an NFL team since after the 1994 season, when the Raiders moved back to Oakland and the Rams, who played in suburban Orange County, moved to St. Louis.

The Falcons have been in discussion with state officials about a new stadium with a retractable roof to replace the 20-year-old Georgia Dome. The price tag would be about $1 billion, with about $200-300 million of that paid for by public bonds.

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However, Gov. Nathan Deal has said that state officials still have questions about the public funding portion of the new facility.

In Los Angeles, the Falcons would have to play in an even older facility, at least in the short term. The Los Angeles Coliseum was built before World War II, as was the venerable Rose Bowl in Pasadena. The facility in Anaheim where the Rams played has been converted to baseball only, for the Angels.

According to Bleacher Report, NFL vice president of business operations Eric Grubman told the Los Angeles Times that there are some new issues that have gotten in the way of bringing the NFL back to Los Angeles. However, it is still a priority if there is a way it can succeed. 

We solved a couple of the key issues that we thought were major impediments, but some others have cropped up. We're still of a mindset to return to Los Angeles, if we can do it in a way that makes us sure that we're going to have great success.

The Carolina Panthers were the previous latest team to be involved in "move to LA" talk, according to the Times.

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