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Blank: Falcons In "Good Place" Despite Lowest Payroll In Playoffs

The Falcons' $121.3M player salary total is the lowest among remaining playoff teams
The Falcons are set to host the Packers Saturday night in an NFL divisional playoff game, and the team's $121.3M player salary total is the "lowest of the remaining teams" in the postseason, according to D. Orlando Ledbetter of the ATLANTA CONSTITUTION. Falcons Owner Arthur Blank yesterday said the team is "in a very good place." Blank: "We continue to support our football department with resources the very best that we can. We are not in the top quarter of teams in terms of revenue in the NFL. ... The salary cap is very competitive with everybody. It's one of the strengths of the NFL in that because of the salary-cap system, you have an opportunity to compete whether you are a low-revenue team or a high-revenue team." Ledbetter reports increasing the team's revenue "is part of the impetus behind the push for a new outdoor stadium." Blank: "We are working towards a new stadium eventually, and that will help us. But we do what we can, which is obviously very competitive." Meanwhile, Blank "believes the league will avoid a lockout in time to play the 2011 season." He said, "We are doing everything that we know how to do. We are prepared to work 24/7 with the union to do that. So, I'm optimistic that we'll have a season in 2011" (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 1/13).
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