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Early Bird Report: Book by Falcons owner Arthur Blank announced


On Wednesday morning, William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, announced plans to publish a book by Home Depot cofounder and Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank titled "Good Company."


The book will be published on Sept. 15, 2020 and can be pre-ordered at Blank's goal in writing "Good Company" is to educate readers about how a values-based vision to business can empower companies, associates and customers while also attaining financial success.

"I deeply believe that we live in an abundant world - one where there is enough for everyone," Blank said in the press release. "My sincere hope for this book is that it will be read by current and aspiring leaders and fuel their optimism and dedication to making a positive difference in the world. I hope readers come away with confidence that their desire to succeed in business does not have to be at odds with their desire to live a life of meaning and purpose. During the unprecedented, difficult challenges we are facing today, current and future leaders have an extraordinary opportunity and challenge to weather the storm and prove that through upholding values we can add value to our companies and to those we serve."

Here are some other articles for Falcons fans to check out today:

AJC: Will short-term goals lead to draft-day mistakes?

The expectation in Atlanta is for the Falcons to make a return to the playoffs in 2020. The Falcons addressed some key needs by adding some big names in free agency and trading for tight end Hayden Hurst, and the NFL Draft provides the next opportunity to continue building the roster. In a column for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Michael Cunningham wonders whether or not the short-term need to win could lead to a draft that partially mortgages the future.

"Dimitroff always has been willing to take a chance by trading up in the draft," Cunningham writes. "Shaky job security means he has even more incentive to do so this year. But after consecutive 7-9 seasons, the Falcons need an injection of talent across the roster for this season while thinking about replacing some starters in 2021. 

"That doesn't seem to be a situation that calls for Dimitroff to make a trade that sends out more picks than it brings in."

To read the rest of Cunningham's column, click here.

ESPN: Adding Gronk shows Bucs all-in to win Super Bowl

After adding Tom Brady in free agency, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers traded for New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, who came out of retirement with the expressed interest of rejoining his former quarterback in Florida. Brady and Gronkowski formed a duo in New England that tormented the AFC, and while it remains to be seen what they each have left in the tank, this is an eye-opening move that indicates just how all-in the Buccaneers are for 2020.

"In a span of only two months, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have gone from national irrelevance to potential powerhouse, with a real possibility of not only reaching the postseason for the first time since 2007 but of winning the Super Bowl in their own city," ESPN's Jenna Laine writes. "No NFL team has ever done that."

To read the rest of Laine's piece, click here.

NBC Sports: A virtual tour of Dimitroff's draft setup

With NFL teams set to participate in the upcoming NFL Draft from the confines of their respective homes, lead decision makers have had to prepare to handle every possibility from isolation.

Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff has frequently been active on draft night, so he'll want to be perfectly comfortable as he's conducting business. With the help of the organization's IT staff, Dimitroff has turned a section of his house into his very own draft war room.

Dimitroff pulled back the curtain during an interview with NBC Sports' Peter King for The Peter King Podcast, providing him with a virtual tour of his setup at home.

"They have done a great job, I'm really proud of where they are right now," Dimitroff said of the setup job by Atlanta's IT staff. "We made it as clean lines as possible, that's what I appreciate design-wise anyway. I don't like a whole bunch of clutter on top of that, but they've made it very clean."

To watch the rest of King's interview with Dimitroff, which covers a number of areas in his house, click here.

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