As former Steelers fan and new Browns owner (imagine a Saints fan buying the Falcons) Jimmy Haslem III, (Trey) takes control of the team this morning owners around the NFL celebrate. None more than our own Arthur Blank.
Forbes Magazine has ranked the 2012 Falcons as the 27th most valuable NFL franchise at a paltry $813M. The league average is $1.04B. The Cleveland Browns rank 20th on this same list with a value of $977M. The Browns own their stadium and as we all know Arthur Blank doesn't own the soon to be defunct Georgia Dome. Genius how they got us to call for the retractable roof.
If you look at the Nielsen Local Television Market Universe Estimates Atlanta ranks as the ninth largest market, down one place from last years eighth. Cleveland ranks as the 18th largest market between Denver and Orlando.
With a proposed new stadium scheduled to open in 2017 that's guaranteed to host not only NFL games but also the SEC championship, SEC - Big 12 post season game, numerous NCAA events, Chick-fil-A bowls (maybe including the national championship) and other events (Rolling Stones, World Cup, proposed FIBA championships), and more than one Super Bowl.
Now we might complain about the tax outlay but that's part of having an NFL franchise. I love. love
Robert Pattinson, er.. Arthur Blank, and I'll never cheat on him again. I love an owner that wants to win! I say it every other post but I've been a fan since day one (of Earth!) and there were times unimaginably awful in the history of this franchise. I mean we could have Jimmy III as an owner:
According to a 2010 profile on Steelers.com, Haslam has been a Dallas Cowboys fan and then an Indianapolis Colts fan. But with the Pittsburgh investment, Haslam said he had become "1,000 percent a Steelers fan."