It’s hard to believe that a decade ago, the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Atlanta Falcons would be playing in the same stadium, and the teams were two of the most recognizable names in professional sports.
The Steelers are now playing in their first Super Bowl, while the Falcons are preparing for their second and the New England Patriots are set to face the New Orleans Saints in the third of four Super Bowls.
But for those who watched those teams play, there was little to no indication of what was to come.
In 2003, as the NFL was undergoing a dramatic shift in its approach to broadcasting, a handful of teams, led by the Falcons, were among the first to embrace the idea of televising games.
And as they did, they had the perfect formula to build a fan base and make money: The fans who watched games in person, or watched them on video on a computer, were part of a powerful demographic.
They bought tickets to the games and, unlike many fans, they paid.
At first, the Falcons seemed like a perfect fit.
The team was a favorite in the city, with its charismatic coach and the kind of charismatic leader the fans could relate to.
The Falcons were a perennial contender in the NFC South, and their owner, Arthur Blank, was known for making bold decisions.
The franchise was a star of the game, even if it was not as popular as it should have been.
It didn’t take long for fans to figure out that the team was being used as a pawn in a larger game.
They were fed the wrong message.
And that message, the message of money, wasn’t just for the Falcons.
Blank and the team’s owners, Arthur and Barbara Blank, had invested a fortune in the franchise.
The city was in love with the team, the team fans and, most importantly, the city itself.
In 2010, the owners bought the team and moved it to a new stadium, but the team stayed in Atlanta.
Blank made a series of moves, including the relocation of the team to the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., where the team plays.
Then, in November 2011, the NFL took over the league.
And, for the first time in decades, the league was broadcasting regular-season games.
The team’s owner, Roger Goodell, was on the outside looking in.
The league had decided that fans were going to be paid for watching the games, so Goodell had to find a way to get the team into the stadium and bring the fans back to the seats.
“Roger is a smart, ambitious guy,” said the team owner, Jerry Jones, in a recent interview with Outside the Lines.
“He’s not just going to sit on the sidelines and do nothing.
He’s going to do something, because he knows that he’s going the right way.”
The team needed a new home.
Jones wanted to build his own stadium, where the Falcons could play in the winter and where fans could see the games on television.
But the team wanted to keep the team in Atlanta, which had been a hotbed of support for the franchise for decades.
So, Jones took a gamble on a new location: a city called Seattle.
Jones, Blank and Goodell have been partners for almost two decades.
The two have a reputation for being a hard-nosed team, with the owners often trying to get their teams to do things that the owners don’t want to do.
But, for all of their efforts, they often have to get things done with the help of the owners and their political connections.
When Jones arrived at the NFL, he saw a lot of problems.
The owners had built their teams in Atlanta to support their teams.
And the team wasn’t selling out to the highest bidder.
The Falcons have been successful for nearly a century.
Now, they are the face and voice of the sport.
The players and fans know them.
And they know that the fans who come to games for a game are there for the same reason.
It was just a matter of time until the league came to a consensus on a solution to the problems facing the NFL.
Goodell and the league were in agreement that, after years of being on opposite sides of the politics, the teams needed to come together and figure out a way for them to both support the franchises.
For many years, the leagues biggest problem has been the fans.
In recent years, that problem has gotten much worse.
The NFL has become a place where the players, the fans and the politicians all work together to get what they want.
And this is not just a problem for the NFL and the players.
It is a problem affecting all sports and the people who play them.
It’s been an incredible year for the fans, the players and the owners.
They have seen a number of historic moments, including Super Bowl LI and the NFL Championship Game.
But one of the biggest has been when