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If the Braves don't have a TV deal to match the Phillies or other teams, I'd be incredibly surprised if that weren't more of an accounting trick than anything real.
I get that the Cobb County stadium would increase stadium revenues, but how would it help TV revenues? The article seems to be about TV revenues, taking the position that those are the most important.
Nevermind the ludicrous idea that the Braves need a new tax-payer funded stadium.
If they wanted to sign Cano, they could have, and they probably could have even gotten Cobb county to furlough some more teachers to pay for it.
Yes, if John Malone suddenly stopped being John Malone and started being a Steinbrenner or 1990's era Ted Turner, they could shop on the market as is. John Malone is really, really rich. He is also really, really uninterested in running the Atlanta Braves as anything other than a subsidiary of his money making enterprises and has shown consistently over the last 10 years that he has no interest whatsoever in increasing the Braves' payroll out of Liberty Media's profit margins. If you doubt this fact, take a simple look at how much of the new shared national broadcast revenue the Braves are being allowed to commit to signing players this winter.
Why? It always has.
The Braves didn't move because they need a new stadium. They wanted more revenue, and with 15 years left in their awful TV contract and their stadium lease expiring, they took the only free option available to them: moving to a new government entity that would give them more money.
It won't increase TV revenue. Nothing will increase the Braves' TV revenue barring some sort of miracle of a renegotiation of their existing 25 year contract (about 10 years into that deal now.) The Braves are locked into one of the worst tv/radio deals in the league because before Ted Turner/Warner Brothers cashed out they signed a really cheap sweetheart deal with their broadcast partners.
controlling desirable content is so much more important to the channel to get their viewership to follow them as they shift delivery mechanism
probably could have even gotten Cobb county to furlough some more teachers to pay for it.
Bill, you seem to be under the mistaken impression that Cobb County's finances or traffic at the top end Perimeter is something I care about.
if you're planning on attending a game in Cobb County in the future
haven't had to drive in the 75/Howell Mill area regularly for years, but it sucked then, and I really can't imagine that northbound 75 traffic (and alternate routes) isn't going to be pretty well boned on game days, too.
You'll still be compounding rush hour with game day in ways that Turner doesn't and without any real public transportation alternative.
As for the TV deal, it just kills me. Especially since it was a wink-wink nudge-nudge say no more deal that Turner Broadcasting made just before selling the team. It probably shouldn't have been approved, and really hamstrings the Braves going forward.
That still doesn't change the math in the NL East or the NL or MLB; the Braves are the A's and Rays now. It's sad, because they are obviously smarter baseball men than their competitors (for the most part) but the finances are killing them.
The article specifically pointed out the Braves have held at about the midpoint in league salary, and they'll likely continue to do so for at least a few more years.
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