marvinthemartian Posted November 30, 2019 Share Posted November 30, 2019 First and foremost, like any business person, Mr Blank has said and done things involving his ownership that I and other fans have disagreed with. No doubt about that. Let’s get that clearly on the record upfront. Have the Falcons had issues during his tenure? Yes. But he has always worked to fix them and money has been an object He wants to win. This is the same man who has had a winner owning Atlanta United since year one. The main difference is he made great hires initially for United leadership and he has missed on the Falcons and then waited, usually one year too long, to correct it due to loyalty However, it’s his team and his money at risk so he has the right to run it however he sees fit. When he makes a mistake, we get upset because it has a negative impact on the team we love (and in my case have loved since 1966). But when he makes a mistake it can cost him millions of dollars in addition to the hurt we feel multiplied by a very large number. Let’s examine some truly bad ownership of just the local teams in Atlanta: The group that brought the Braves to Atlanta....basically one good year (1969) from 1966-1976. Horrendous for all the others. Nobody wanted to come play here or go to the games Ted Turner 1976-1981; 1983-1990: Ted was a laughingstock He even tried to manage the team himself before MLB said “Nope” Finally figures it out when he brings Cox back in about 1987 and Schuerholz about 1990. Had good people and lets them do what they need to do I hope Mr Blank follows the latter part of the Turner model after the end of this year The group that owned the Atlanta Flames For a number of reasons ended up selling and moving to Canada. Under new ownership the Flames own a Stanley Cup The group that owned the Thrashers and Hawks. 8-10 people with big egos who couldn’t get along Now the Thrashers are gone too and the Hawks are rebuilding under their new (and I think very good) ownership Liberty Media owns the Braves. The Braves now have a faceless corporate ownership where they are nothing more than a line on a balance sheet No ownership face to address their mistakes with. Profit is more important than winning. I doubt anyone on this board, myself included, could pick one of those people out of a lineup. The Smith Family. How many free agents did we let get away because they wouldn’t pay? These guys made the Bengals ownership look generous, efficient and effective. Rankin almost never addressed the fans and clearly had no clue how to be a NFL owner. Is Arthur Blank perfect? No he isn’t. But would the fan base of many teams in the NFL take him and his passion as an owner over what they have now? Absolutely. The one thing I have seen with Mr Blank is that he is loyal and patient, sometimes to a fault, but he does try to fix mistakes and pay for the best product on the field and game day experience possible. He may not be perfect, but long suffering Atlanta sports fans have endured MUCH worse. Vandy, Boise Falcon Fan, Faithful Falcon and 5 others 8 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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