It’s a sad day as the hope of seeing an MLS team come to Atlanta has taken a significant hit. Arthur Blank has told MLS that the Atlanta bid would be unable to have a stadium deal in place and begin play by 2011. Effectively dropping out of contingency for the current bidding for two franchises that are scheduled to begin play in 2011. The slumping economy, lack of traction on a stadium deal, and the local government officials concern of taxpayer backlash were the primary drivers that killed the bid. On the bright side the group did say they hadn’t rule out a bid for a team that could begin play in 2013. More details are available at AJC.com
What do you think? Will Atlanta ever have a MLS team to call it’s own?