Tag:Arthur Blank
Posted on: February 14, 2012 4:24 pm
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Roddy White thinks Roger Goodell is overpaid

Roddy's not a huge fan of Roger Goodell's salary. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

In discussing a reported "doubling" of Roger Goodell's salary on Monday, we made mention of Falcons receiver Roddy White's response to the news on Twitter: he wasn't too thrilled about Goodell getting a raise.

Or, more specifically, he thought Goodell was overpaid. (Consider yourself [sic]'d until further notice.)

"How in the hell can u pay a man this much money that cant run tackle or catch," White tweeted when hearing the news of Goodell's salary bump. "Roger Goodell is getting over never seen anything like it 20 million for looking over the league with tremendous help I guess the NFL is banking. The NFL is not a company it's a nonprofit organization that makes a lot of profit.

"Ok i am done."

But White wasn't done because, as often happens on Twitter, people responded to him. Someone said that Goodell's "job allows [White] to make money." White took umbrage with that.

"Thats the stupidest thing i have ever heard the players make this league dont ever forget that," White tweeted in response. "My god given talents feed me not him."

Goodell might not pay White's salary, but he is in charge of making the NFL increase its revenue stream, which does put money in White's pocket, albeit in an indirect way. And besides, if you'll recall our post on Goodell's salary bump, we actually quoted the guy who does pay White's salary: Falcons owner Arthur Blank.

Blank heads up the NFL's Compensation Committee and, thusly, is the guy who ultimately pays both Goodell and White. So perhaps Roddy should just have a chat with his bossman about Goodell's salary instead of broadcasting his business beliefs on Twitter.

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Posted on: September 17, 2011 6:16 pm
Edited on: September 17, 2011 6:28 pm
 

Reeves says Falcons weren't there for Vick

Reeves on the Falcons: “When Mike really needed them they turned their back." (Getty Images)

Posted by Ryan Wilson


Dan Reeves was the coach when the Falcons selected Michael Vick with the first-overall pick of the 2001 NFL Draft. Atlanta was 7-9 and 9-6-1 in Vick's first two seasons before Reeves was fired midway through the 2003 campaign. At lot has happened in the subsequent eight years; Vick led the Falcons to the NFC Championship Game in 2004 before dogfighting charges and legal issues landed him in prison in 2007. He returned to football in 2009 with the Eagles, as Donovan McNabb's backup, and after a Comeback Player of the Year effort in 2010, he's now Philly's franchise quarterback.

On Sunday night, he returns to Atlanta, this time as the Eagles starter, in a matchup between two teams many people expect to be in the playoffs come January.

Reeves, who still keeps in touch with Vick, understands that this isn't a typical week for either the Falcons or the Eagles. “There is a big buzz down here,” Reeves told PhillySportsDaily.com's Tim McManus. “There is tremendous excitement waiting for this game. There are mixed emotions.”

McManus writes that Reeves "was one of many that had invested something valuable in Vick and got burned." Despite it all, Reeves remained loyal, something he thinks the organization should have done, too.

“When Mike really needed them they turned their back on him in my opinion,” said Reeves. “They could have been a big supporter and they let him go. I think it could have been handled differently. I wasn’t there so I don’t know the organization’s standpoint, but I thought they could have been more supportive and instead they severed ties with him.”

That's a slippery slope. As PFT.com's Mike Florio notes, Vick had exhibited a pattern of lying to his employers, the NFL and authorities about his involvement in dogfighting. At some point, the Falcons needed to move on, and that's what they did. And it wasn't all unicorns and rainbows for them; the team was dreadful in 2007, going 4-12 and watching new head coach Bobby Petrino quit midway through the year.

“[Vick] has let down his fans and his team. He has damaged the reputation of our club and the entire National Football League, and betrayed the trust of many people,” Falcons owner Arthur Blank said in the summer of 2007

The Eagles-Falcons get-together won't be the first time Vick has faced his former team, just the first time he'll do so as Philly's starting quarterback. The two sides played in December 2009. On that day, Vick replaced McNabb in the fourth quarter with the Eagles leading 27-0. Yahoo.com's Michael Silver writes that it was "to the delight of thousands of [Atlanta] fans – many of them wearing replicas of Vick’s old Falcons jersey – who’d been chanting his name."

Silver continues:

"In what Blank would come to view as a gratuitous gesture of disrespect by Philly coach Andy Reid, Vick wowed the crowd with a 43-yard pass to wideout Reggie Brown, followed by a 5-yard scoring toss to tight end Brent Celek, his first touchdown pass since 2006 in an eventual 34-7 victory. With tens of thousands of frustrated customers already having bolted, the Dome was dominated by jubilant Vick supporters, and Blank could only sit and seethe."

So, yes, this won't be your typical non-divisional, Week 2 matchup between two NFC teams. Far from it, in fact.


The Atlanta Falcons will square off against Michael Vick and the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday at the Georgia Dome. Who will come out on top? Join Jason Horowitz and NFL.com's Pat Kirwan for a preview of this game.

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Posted on: June 4, 2011 2:36 pm
 

Hot Routes 6.4.11: Snyder not impressing Congress



Posted by Josh Katzowitz

  • Redskins owner Dan Snyder’s decision to sue Washington City Paper has attracted the attention of at least one member of Congress. Rep. Steve Cohen – a Democrat from Tennessee – will try again to pass a bill through the House of Representatives that prevents people from filing “strategic lawsuits against public participation.” Which basically means that a rich dude can’t file a meritless lawsuit simply for the purpose of obtaining revenge.
  • This, I believe, qualifies as good news. The Bills players are donating $10,000 to support the help efforts being made in Joplin, Mo. Punter Brian Moorman also said the players are uniting with New Era, which will provide 10,000 pieces of clothing. Hopefully, they’re not all Bills hats.
  • If you’re looking for the top ex-con athletes playing pro sports today, it should be no surprise to you that many of them are football players. From Plaxico Burress to Michael Vick, Forbes.com has you covered. Nice to see a jockey and a darts player (thrower?) in there, as well.
  • Among the newsy items in this transcript of Patriots QB Tom Brady from his charity football game Friday: his surgically-repaired foot feels good; his newest haircut looks good; and he’s confident a solution to the lockout is forthcoming.
  • In case you’ve forgotten about the NFL strike of 1987, CBSSports.com’s own Chuck Finder is here to remind you about how crazy it was.

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Posted on: April 22, 2011 12:39 pm
Edited on: April 22, 2011 12:41 pm
 

Hot Routes 4.22.11: Sand-bagging special



Posted by Josh Katzowitz

  • In case you missed the CBSSports.com draft chat with Andy Benoit, Will Brinson, Rob Rang and Mike Freeman (with a cameo appearance by yours truly), you’re in luck. Click the link for the archived version.
  • Read this story from Fox Sports’ Alex Marvez about the potential of players sand-bagging their baseline concussion tests. It’s scary, and I’m sure it will happen.
  • All Falcons WR Roddy White wanted was some of his jerseys framed. Now, he’s asking for an arrest warrant to be taken out on the person who, according to White, is demanding $10,000 for the jerseys to be returned. Apparently, the two originally had agreed on a $400 fee for each jersey to be framed.
  • Former Ravens coach Brian Billick on why it’s so hard to get that first-round quarterback pick right. Money line: “I am living proof that if you miss on a first-round quarterback, as I did with Kyle Boller, you end up broadcasting games and writing about the NFL instead of coaching.”
  • Boomer Esiason sympathizes with any future Bengals QB. Said Esiason: "I have to completely sympathize with Blaine Gabbert if he does get drafted by the Bengals. I do believe he would make a great fit there, but as Cris (Collinsworth) and I both know, he is going to have to be a better player than advertised in order to be successful there because of the lack of support."
  • Lynn Chandis, who starred on Steelers teams in the 1950s and is second only to Gayle Sayers for career kickoff return average, died at the age of 86.
  • Positive news story of the day! Falcons owner Arthur Blank has donated $3 million to the Child Protection Center at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Nice gift.

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Posted on: March 28, 2011 12:18 pm
Edited on: March 28, 2011 12:19 pm
 

Arthur Blank pens another letter to fans

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Another day, another letter from an NFL owner trying to win the PR battle during the lockout.

This one comes from Falcons owners Arthur Blank and appears on the team website.

Writes Blank, in part:

During the last day of our mediated discussions on March 11, the NFL clubs put a balanced and fair proposal on the table in a good-faith effort to resolve our differences. The proposal included payments to players of approximately $19-20 billion over the next four years, including a 14 percent increase from 2011-2014. In addition, there would be no pay-cut for our players – only a slowing in the growth rate of their compensation. The proposal also included a wide range of other improvements for both current and retired players. Further, we offered to share financial information that goes far beyond the requirements of federal labor law.

In my opinion, the NFLPA walked away from a deal that was more than fair, but I also recognize that they did it in order to file a lawsuit. So instead of working productively through collective bargaining, we are being stalled through the legal process. I can speak for the NFL and its owners in telling you that we all want a quick resolution of the current labor dispute, and we are ready to get back to the negotiating table at any time.

These are the kinds of letters that get the NFLPA riled up and forces the association (in its own mind, anyway) to respond about how the deal the owners offered was the WORST DEAL EVER.

It’s like the dog who chases its tail in a circle until it keels over from dizziness. It’s not getting anybody anywhere. And all we feel is a sense of nausea.

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Posted on: February 23, 2011 9:49 pm
 

One step closer to a new Falcons stadium

If Arthur Blank has his way, Atlanta won't play inside the Georgia Dome after 2016 (Getty).

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

It looks like the Falcons are getting closer to the reality of calling a new open-air stadium home.

According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the Georgia World Congress Center Authority “agreed to enter into a ‘memorandum of understanding’ with the Falcons on plans for a potential $700 million open-air stadium downtown.”

This doesn’t mean a deal between the GWCCA and the Falcons is done. But it does allow them to begin negotiating over the details of the potential project.

As far as making improvements to the Georgia Dome – which opened a scant 19 years ago, mind you – the Falcons aren’t interested. They want an open-air stadium, and they’d like it now, please.

But the move Tuesday by the GWCCA was important, because it was the first time the organization had publicly committed to the future of the Falcons. The new stadium could be built by 2017, and it would sit about a half-mile north of where the Georgia Dome is located.

For Falcons owner Arthur Blank, the new stadium is much needed, because he’d like to sell more luxury suites and because it’s understood that in order for Atlanta to win another Super Bowl bid, it couldn’t use the Georgia Dome as a home.

From the story:

The plan would leave the Georgia Dome standing. GWCCA officials have argued that they would lose money if the facility, built in 1992, was torn down. Big tournaments such as the SEC football championship, the Chick-fil-A Bowl and the Men’s Final Four and ACC basketball championships have all played at the Dome because they prefer an enclosed stadium.

The state last year helped any potential agreement between the GWCCA and the Falcons clear its first hurdle when the General Assembly approved extending the bonds paying off the Dome. Those bonds, being paid off with hotel/motel tax collections, were to sunset in 2020, but will now end in 2050. …

Authority member Bob Prather said if the parties agree on a new stadium, the state or the GWCCA would go to the bond market probably in 2013 or 2014 when officials hope they can raise $350 million to $400 million. Construction would begin shortly after the bonds are secured.

The Falcons would kick in the remainder of the funds, the Authority said.


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Posted on: February 8, 2011 5:19 pm
 

Bon Jovi confirms interest in owning Falcons

Posted by Andy Benoit

If you haven’t heard, Jon Bon Jovi’s name has been floated as a possible minority owner of the Atlanta Falcons. Word is Bon Jovi could be ponying up $150 million to acquire a 15% share in the franchise. Arthur Blank, who is trying to raise revenue to construct a new stadium, would remain the club’s majority owner.

On Monday, the rocker confirmed the ESPN.com reports that he has been in negotiations with Blank, and he clarified his interest in purchasing the Falcons. Through spokeswoman Tiffany Shipp, Bon Jovi said, "Since helping to establish the Philadelphia Soul Arena Football team -- from its inception through our 2008 championship season -- I have always made clear my desire to someday enter the NFL.”

Bon Jovi did not verify the financial details, though he did admit that talks have stalled at the moment. All in all, though, the feeling around the league and sports business community seems to be that this deal has genuine traction.

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Posted on: January 25, 2011 12:09 am
 

NFLPA and owners supposed to meet this week

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Might we see a thaw in the labor relations between the NFLPA and the NFL owners this week? Could be, because, according to Pro Football Talk, union executive director DeMaurice Smith is set to meet with the league in the next few days.

The meeting is much-needed, because the relationship between owners and the union has grown rather nasty lately, especially through the Twitter pages on both sides.

But Steelers owner Dan Rooney made an interesting comment last weekend, saying he was opposed to an 18-game schedule – a centerpiece of what the owners want – while Falcons owner Arthur Blank told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the NFLPA needs to find the same energy to negotiate that the owners have.

Meanwhile, the NY Times featured Smith on Sunday and revealed that he’s been telling his players that they need to prepare for war.

I’m sure Smith and the NFL will have plenty to talk about this week. Hopefully, something gets done.

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