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Owner Of EPL Club Manchester City Reportedly In Talks To Buy N.Y. MLS Franchise
Published April 29, 2013
GEORGIA ON THEIR MIND? In Atlanta, Wenk & Saporta write "conversation is kicking around again" about an MLS team in the city. Both the Falcons and MLS "confirmed they are in contact regularly." However, "no formal meetings are scheduled so far." Falcons President & CEO Rich McKay in a statement said, “We are trying to facilitate that happening by configuring a new stadium to accommodate the requirements of professional soccer.” MLS Exec VP/Communications Dan Courtemanche said that it "remains possible for Atlanta to get an MLS team in time for the opening day of the new Falcons stadium," slated for '17. Wenk & Saporta note Atlanta is the "largest television market in the country without an MLS team." Atlanta "already is home" to the NASL Silverbacks. It is "possible that the Silverbacks could be essentially 'promoted' to an MLS team, which could prove easier than starting from scratch." However, Silverbacks Chair & Minority Owner Boris Jerkunica said that the team "isn’t very interested in becoming part of MLS." Courtemanche added that "there have been no discussions between MLS and the Silverbacks" (ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE, 4/26 issue).