Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo
You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Baseball Primer Newsblog > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

Thursday, November 14, 2013

AJC: Bookman: To Braves, stadium deal is a cash cow mooing to be milked

When the Braves look at Cobb County, they see an opportunity to do what the Marlins and Twins ownership did. They see a chance to at least double the value of their $629 million franchise, and do so largely on the taxpayers’ dole. So of course they’re jumping at it. In fact, once you see the numbers out of Miami and Minnesota, it becomes a lot easier to believe Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed when he says that he could not have made a competitive offer to keep the Braves at “ancient, decrepit” Turner Field.

One final thing, to bring us back to the loyalty question: Fans would like to hope that with new stadiums and soaring team values and revenues, grateful team owners would at least be able to expand their payrolls, bring in more free agents and field more competitive teams to watch and root on. But no, it doesn’t work that way.

Rickey! On a blog from 1998. With the candlestick. Posted: November 14, 2013 at 11:03 AM | 2 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: boondoggle, braves, corporate welfare, taxpayers, turner field

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

   1. Hank G. Posted: November 14, 2013 at 07:22 PM (#4600388)
As long as municipalities are willing trample over each other in an effort to give taxpayer money to professional sports teams, you really can’t blame the teams for taking it. It’s not that much difference from states that give companies cheap land and tax breaks for locating within their borders. In the long run, it’s probably a bad deal for everyone but the company, but it makes the officials look like they are doing something.
   2. Joey B.: posting for the kids of northeast Ohio Posted: November 14, 2013 at 08:54 PM (#4600444)
We're going to get hundreds of articles on this new Braves stadium posted over the next three years, aren't we?

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.

 

 

<< Back to main

BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
JE (Jason)
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogKeidel: Don’t Be Fooled — The Yankees’ Season Is Over
(56 - 12:51am, Aug 20)
Last: Jolly Old St. Nick Still Gags in October

NewsblogOT: Monthly NBA Thread - August 2014
(271 - 12:40am, Aug 20)
Last: robinred

Newsblog[Ubaldo] Jimenez to the bullpen
(8 - 12:38am, Aug 20)
Last: Jolly Old St. Nick Still Gags in October

NewsblogIwakuma gives Mariners a second true ace
(1 - 12:38am, Aug 20)
Last: vortex of dissipation

NewsblogOMNICHATTER 8-19-2014
(63 - 12:35am, Aug 20)
Last: odds are meatwad is drunk

NewsblogMinor League manager undresses during epic home plate tirade
(7 - 12:32am, Aug 20)
Last: Jolly Old St. Nick Still Gags in October

NewsblogKepner (NYT): Astros’ Jose Altuve Doesn’t Let Height Be a Disadvantage
(1 - 12:15am, Aug 20)
Last: Jolly Old St. Nick Still Gags in October

NewsblogPirates activate Andrew McCutchen from the disabled list
(7 - 11:50pm, Aug 19)
Last: baxter

NewsblogMooney: Javier Baez, Kyle Hendricks aren’t showing any nerves with Cubs
(33 - 11:48pm, Aug 19)
Last: Spahn Insane

NewsblogPosnanski: The need – the need for speed
(3 - 11:30pm, Aug 19)
Last: PreservedFish

NewsblogRingolsby: Helton's numbers stack up against the best
(59 - 11:15pm, Aug 19)
Last: McCoy

NewsblogGammons Notes - 8/17/14
(53 - 11:11pm, Aug 19)
Last: theboyqueen

NewsblogRoth: The Mets' Matt Harvey problem is a Mets problem
(6 - 10:55pm, Aug 19)
Last: MNB

NewsblogOT August 2014:  Wrassle Mania I
(39 - 10:42pm, Aug 19)
Last: NJ in DC (Now with temporary employment!)

NewsblogOT: Politics, August 2014: DNC criticizes Christie’s economic record with baseball video
(4204 - 10:33pm, Aug 19)
Last: The Yankee Clapper

Page rendered in 0.0836 seconds
52 querie(s) executed