Falcons owner: There will be pro football in 2011

Falcons owner Arthur Blank says there will be professional

football in 2011 in Atlanta.

Blank and the Falcons were honored by the Georgia Legislature on

Tuesday for their third consecutive winning season. He says he

hopes to build on last season’s success, but the NFL is mired in

labor strife.

There is a hearing April 6 in Minnesota in the lawsuit filed by

Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Drew Brees and six other NFL players in

the ongoing lockout. The lack of negotiations has cast doubt about

the upcoming NFL season.

Blank told lawmakers that he would be remiss if he didn’t say

that in 2011, ”we will have professional football in


The Atlanta owner says he is disappointed that the NFL and its

players are at a stalemate and that he is committed to finding ”a

winning, sustainable agreement.”