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Blank sells a sliver of the Falcons

The Atlanta Falcons have announced that owner Arthur Blank has shaved off slivers of the team for a quarter of new partners.

The sale is subject to formal approval by the league.

Even after the transactions are approved, Blank will still own more than 90 percent of the team.

The new partners are Ronald
E. Canakaris, Douglas J. Hertz, Ed Mendel, and Derek V. Smith.

John P. Imlay, Jr., and John A. Williams also own a small portion of the franchise.

“I have no intention of selling the club or even a controlling interest in the club,” Blank said in a statement released by the team.  “This decision is driven primarily by my charitable and estate planning goals and by the value that can be added to the franchise by partnering with minority owners of this caliber.”

With many NFL franchises believed to be worth $1 billion or more, a sale of only five percent of the team would raise more than $50 million for Blank.

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5 Responses to “Blank sells a sliver of the Falcons”
  1. SaintsBucsPanthersSUKK says: Jul 14, 2009 3:48 PM

    Arthur Blank is a great man. A great man indeed!

  2. zygi milf says: Jul 14, 2009 4:17 PM

    “I have no intention of selling the club or even a controlling interest in the club,” Blank said in a statement released by the team. “This decision is driven primarily by my charitable and estate planning goals and by the value that can be added to the franchise by partnering with minority owners of this caliber.”
    *******
    Plus, sales at Home Depot are down.

  3. Hungry N. Hadasnack says: Jul 14, 2009 4:25 PM

    You mean in the same way that you only actually wrote “slivers” of this story?
    This story has just about all the FONTS you could imagine (short of Wayne…)

  4. FLORIOLEADSWITNESSES says: Jul 14, 2009 4:26 PM

    do the new partners have a special font that they use???

  5. JSpicoli says: Jul 14, 2009 6:51 PM

    The new owners have a wing and a drumstick

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