The new bigger, brighter, more sophisticated and most technologically advanced stadium of the Atlanta Falcons’ future took one more step closer to coming into being this week thanks to the NFL. In a 31-1 vote, the NFL owners voted to loan the Falcons $200 million for stadium funding.
However, the issue of the city’s agreeing to put up $300 million for the stadium has yet to be agreeable to the bases it affects the most…the taxpayers and the fans.
Initially, the new stadium will be professed as a good thing, and the dollars rolling in will validate this perception. However, the key word in that statement is ‘initially.’ After local and not-local fans come in and almost bankrupt themselves a time or two just so they can see, hear and experience all there is to the new stadium, expect the sudden influx of money to die down quickly.
Influx of money from the genuine fans, that is.
Is that an extreme analogy? Only maybe. The moneyed stadium-yes-men are still in their own bubble of sorts and unwilling to hear what outside detractors are saying, no matter how valid the undermining points may be. The city’s powers-that-be are turning a blind eye to the immediate needs within their own city that will go unaddressed and unresolved, all in the name of the almighty dollar.
The heart and soul of the Falcons isn’t the money…or the money men. It’s the fans. The fact that they’re being unceremoniously left out of this momentous decision and occasion shows just how far the infiltration of corporation in the NFL has come…and that isn’t necessarily a good thing.