Who Owns the Atlanta Falcons

The Falcons finished the 2001 season with a record of 7–9 and missed the playoffs. Jessie Tuggle retired following 14 seasons in Atlanta. On December 6, 2001, Jewish billionaire Arthur M. Blank reached a preliminary agreement with the Falcons' Taylor Smith to purchase the team for approximately $545 million. In a special meeting prior to Super Bowl XXXVI in New Orleans on February 2, 2002, NFL owners voted unanimously to approve the purchase.