- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On October 14, 2008
- 2 Comments
- Atlanta Expansion, Expansion Hopefuls, MLS Expansion
We talked about it earlier in the week but today it becomes official here.
Arthur Blank has applied for a Major League Soccer franchise.
Blank’s AMB Group LLC, which owns and operates the National Football League’s Atlanta Falcons and the Arena Football League’s Georgia Force, announced Tuesday afternoon ahead of MLS’s Oct. 15 deadline that it has chosen to formally apply.
“Our discussions with the league and potential public partners have been very positive to this point, and filing this application represents an important next step as we continue to explore the possibility of bringing Major League Soccer to fans throughout metro Atlanta,” Blank’s group said in a statement. “As part of our conversations, we’re also looking at how best to create a sports and entertainment center that can not only serve as a premier soccer destination, but also a community resource for soccer enthusiasts at various levels of play throughout the region.
“We think there’s an opportunity to make a significant, long-term contribution to the community, which is a key consideration in all the Blank businesses.”
Yeah, why not. I think Atlanta and Ottawa are long-shots here at this but you just never know.