Falcons Struggling with Ticket Sales

ATLANTA (AP) _ The Atlanta Falcons' woes are starting to take a
toll at the ticket booth.
The team announced Tuesday that some 3,000 tickets are still
available for Sunday's game against the San Francisco 49ers.
That endangers a streak of 56 consecutive sellouts at the
70,000-seat Georgia Dome.
The 1-6 Falcons have struggled on the field since losing
franchise quarterback Michael Vick. Vick was suspended indefinitely
by the NFL and faces a prison term after pleading guilty to federal
dogfighting charges.
Vick's loss has been a severe blow to the team's marketing
efforts -- even though they only managed a 7-9 record last year
with him under center.
If the Falcons don't sell the remaining tickets by 1 p.m.
Thursday, the game will be blacked out in Atlanta under NFL rules.
They have sold out every home game since Arthur Blank bought the
team in 2002.
The last game that wasn't televised in the Atlanta market was a
win over Buffalo on Dec. 23, 2001.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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