Funding Falcons' next stadium

The Atlanta Falcons are having trouble drumming up support to gain public funding to help them build a new $1 billion stadium, which they would like to have in place for the 2017 NFL season, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Greg Bluestein. In fact, a recent poll by the newspaper showed 72 percent of respondents were either opposed or strongly opposed to using public dollars to help finance construction. Perhaps earning a trip to the Super Bowl by beating the San Francisco 49ers this weekend would give the project a bump in the public eye.

"I certainly think winning the game will be positive," Gov. Nathan Deal told reporters Tuesday.

The Falcons are seeking legislative approval to use $300 million in hotel/motel taxes toward the construction, but Senate leaders have hinted that they have bigger fish to fry, like dealing with Medicaid funding, before they will address the stadium issue.