4:01 pm November 19, 2011, by David O'Brien
November 19th, 20114:10 pm
And dammit, there goes the dream of multiple titles.
November 19th, 20114:12 pm
I’d like to see Arthur Blank as the owner. Not so much about the money but he’d be a local guy and someone who genuinely cared about the team (unlike Liberty who never had anything to say about them be it bad or good) and would be the kind of guy who would be around the team and actually use the Owner Suite at Turner
November 19th, 20114:16 pm
Braves fans, if you’re on twitter, from now until… forever… hashtag EVERY tweet you send with #markcubanbuybraves.
Let’s get it going. Let’s get it trending. Let’s make it happen!
Robin Of The Hood
November 19th, 20114:21 pm
…damn….(ok, now somebody make that call and tell Mr. Blank its time to invest) haha
November 19th, 20114:25 pm
Well, then, who else has got a half billion dollars to invest? Arthur? Arthur?
November 19th, 20114:34 pm
Sorry to hear that Cuban isn’t interested.
Until someone other than Liberty owns this team there will not be a championship here.
It takes a real commitment from ownership to build a champion including excellent front office people.
We are in need of both.
November 19th, 20114:36 pm
here in OH so i am not sure but is there any chance Arthur Blank might have interest DOB or is it wishful thinking i am guessing this might not be the first time you have been asked this
November 19th, 20114:45 pm
Well this sucks
November 19th, 20114:48 pm
You just gotta tip your cap to Cuban – smart businessman. Meanwhile, our commitment to prtty good stays intact….
"Cause it's a BRAND NEW GAME!"
November 19th, 20114:51 pm
November 19th, 20114:52 pm
Don’t close the door on Mr. Cuban just yet. A smart business person (and he is that ) does not necessarily tip their hand too early. He may indeed, not be interested. Then again,etc., etc.
November 19th, 20115:02 pm
Maybe Joe Johnson could buy them since he has all this free time on his hands.
November 19th, 20115:03 pm
He doesn’t want to put up with this redneck phoney conservative state. He already has to deal with the state of Texas. I don’t blame him for not being interested in the Braves. By the way, getting rid of Chipper is a start.
November 19th, 20115:10 pm
How ’bout the fans put together an LLP (like the Green Bay Packers) and buy this franchise. I’d invest, and I think Liberty would gladly take $600M to $700M.
November 19th, 20115:33 pm
ATLER(RAMBLIN WRECK) What a foolish comment. Chipper carried the team. Yes he was injured but he was our most consistent player when he was in the game.
I want to know how there are 13 better teams in MLB? Forbes is way off base.
November 19th, 20116:01 pm
why not Cuddyer, could move to 3rd next year he is fits within the budget, or am i just desparate to see something break. i feel more impatient about seeing what the next move is this year. probaly because of the early move last year with Uggla
November 19th, 20116:02 pm
if he fits in budget i meant
November 19th, 20116:05 pm
Ted, sell some land, buy yourself a baseball team..
Cuban doesnt want to hear the braves lame radio announcers either.
November 19th, 20116:06 pm
Now there’s a serious upgrade. Michael Cuddyer. Pickin’ up on the sarcasm?
November 19th, 20116:13 pm
i think he hit a little better than Prado, sarcasm noted thank you
November 19th, 20116:16 pm
Good report, thanks again for asking..Now lets work on Mr Blank..
November 19th, 20116:31 pm
Georgians worth over a billion
Anne Cox Chambers $12 B
Jim Kennedy $6 B
Ted Turner $2 B
Bernard Marcus $1.8 B
Arthur Blank $1.3 B
S. Truett Cathy $1.1 B
Looks like Kennedy is really the only one who could afford to buy the Braves. Well obviously Mrs. Cox has the $$$ but I doubt she is interested. The rest of them have a high enough net worth but it isn’t likely that much of it is liquid and it would be a bad idea to have so much of one’s wealth tied up in a single asset.
Hopefully some individual, in state or out, steps up and buys the team. Ownership groups don’t work and corporate ownership is about nothing more than money. That’s fine for a business but sports teams need heart.
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November 19th, 20116:44 pm
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November 19th, 20116:48 pm
Ted wishes he was worth $2b!
November 19th, 20116:50 pm
Guys remember just because the owner is worth a ton of money does not mean they will spend money. The Twins owner was the richest guy in baseball and he would never spend money on the team. It wasn’t until he died and his kids took over the team that they finally got a pay roll over 100 million and sign guys like Mauer to a long term deal. The guy who owns the Nationals is the richest owner in baseball now and he doesn’t spend a ton either and when he does spend money it’s usually on horrible contracts, like the Jason Werth deal.
I just want a local guy like Arthur Blank that would improve the marketing of the team and add around 15 million to the payroll. The Braves don’t need a payroll like the Yankees or Phillies to compete if they could keep it around 100 to 110 million a year that would be perfect for this market.
November 19th, 20117:08 pm
Blank doesn;t have the $$ to handle two teams.
November 19th, 20117:10 pm
Mr. Cuban, we are a franchise in desperate need of help…please buy the Braves and build a winning team!!!!!!!
November 19th, 20117:26 pm
Not sure what you are seeing Mark, we DO need a lot of help. Did you not see that September finish?
November 19th, 20117:31 pm
Whew! That is good news! Cuban expects competence in his people and my butt would have been fired in a minute.
November 19th, 20117:49 pm
What about Bill Gates then???
November 19th, 20117:51 pm
Mr.Cuban: I’m Cuban and if you buy the Braves I will invite you to all “Mojitos” you can drink!!!!!!
November 19th, 20118:09 pm
Arthur Blank would be a great owner. He has recently gone through a divorce, however, and I doubt seriously if he’s got the wherewithal to own two franchises after that.
Anne Cox Chambers would be a great owner, her family owns the AJC and think of the favorable coverage they would get then. Or, she could give me the money and I’d buy ‘em myself.
November 19th, 20118:36 pm
Holy crap, I’m dying for some real Braves news. And, it’s only November! Come on, Spring Training!
November 19th, 20118:39 pm
Mark Cuban doesn’t want the Braves because our attendance is an embarrassment for the size of the braves market which has had good to great teams over the past 20 years. His comments make no sense. He said Atlanta was a great sports town, which we all knows is utterly and completely untrue. The Dodgers and Cubs are both large market teams that have been mismanaged, you could have them great in as little time as two years. Buying a bad team would be like buying the Royals or Oakland A’s. So let me re-phrase for you people who don’t know how to interpret his words.
“I am not interested in the Braves because Atlanta is an atrocious sports town with poor attendance, stadiums in the ghetto with terrible traffic and poor public transportation access. Los Angeles and Chicago make more money with bad teams then Atlanta does with good teams. Imagine the money I could make with great teams in either of those cities. No thanks. ”
Now do we get it?
November 19th, 20118:58 pm
Talk about taking all the wind out of your sails…
More years of Liberty CHEAPIA… a gutless, faceless, out-of-state, penny-pinching conglomerate who does NOT care about winning. Liberty CHEAPIA is a multibillion dollar giant (one of their holdings is QVC) but WON’T put a dime into our Braves.
That is WHY a NO-TALENT BUM like Matt Diaz is on the Braves roster, and why Frank Wren (firefrankwren.com) is going to acquire an “affordable” SS, and WHY Michael Bourn is history.
CHEAP, CHEAP, CHEAP!!!!!!!
The Marlins can “court” Albert Pujols and Jose Reyes. The only thing the Braves can “court” is “affordable” players and salary dumps.
With Liberty CHEAPIA and the “good soldier” Frank Wren at the helm, that BLATANT LYING letter the Braves sent to the fans apologizing for the playoff collaspe and VOWING to explore EVERY avenue to improve the Braves, MEANS the following:
* Matt Diaz (he rakes lefthanders you know) will get 330 ABs as a platoon OF
* Brendan Ryan (a triple crown candidate) will be our starting SS
* Michael Bourn will be traded (Scott Boras and Liberty CHEAPIA don’t play well together) and some “affordable” ham and egger will be our CF
* “Affordable Scott “Proctor” Linebrink will be resigned
The fans with ‘Tomahawk colored glasses” and the guy who shouts “return on investment” can come to Turner Field to enjoy the “AMBIENCE” (Turner dogs, Chop House, Family Picnic Area, etc.). Myself and other Brave diehards, it would be great to have ownership that WANTS to win and makes positive changes to the roster. But like the Wizard of Oz, with Liberty CHEAPIA it’s JUST a dream.
Arthur Blank, we need a HERO… please oh please renew your interest in the BRAVES….
November 19th, 20119:32 pm
same here in Ohio
November 19th, 20119:45 pm
Dump Heyward, he’s a BUST and has to be the next to go!!!
November 19th, 201110:02 pm
Someone mentioned Truett Cathy, a local billionaire and owner/founder of Chick-Fil-A as a potential buyer. A good idea, though there is one drawback to Cathy buying the team…he wouldn’t let them play on Sundays.
November 19th, 201110:07 pm
Thats ok..Daryl..just play a Doublehitter on Sat.
November 19th, 201110:11 pm
How do you said buy the Braves in Cuban?
November 19th, 201110:29 pm
Tenn 27- Vandy 21..in overtimes with alot of bad calls by ref’s
November 19th, 201110:55 pm
Mark Cuban not interested in buying the Braves.
Big freaking surprise. I’m stunned.
“The Braves are a great franchise.”
Since when is a franchise that is rated 13th out of 30 in value a great franchise?
Help us, Mark Cuban. You’re our only hope.
November 19th, 201111:32 pm
Truett Cathey also wouldn’t permit the sale of beer at the Ted either…
November 19th, 201111:37 pm
I’ll be back…..
November 19th, 201111:47 pm
“Cuban Not Interested In Braves”
Swear I thought this would be an article on how Yoenis Cespedes doesn’t want to sign with Atlanta as an international FA.
November 20th, 201112:01 am
I hate to tell Cuban, but the Braves need help. maybe he doesn’t follow baseball if he makes a statement like that ?
the Dodgers need more help than the Braves ? let’s see they have an all star OF signed for 8 yrs and the NL Cy Young winner. we have no OF who can hit and our young starters are injured most of the time.
Why Blame Liberty Media ?
November 20th, 201112:14 am
In recent years teams with comparable or smaller payrolls than the Braves have reached the World Series. It can be done.
On the other hand Frank Wren paid $30 million in 2011 for Derek Lowe, Nate McLouth & Kinchen Kawakami, not to mention another $14 million for Dan Uggla’s .232 batting average and countless solo home runs.
Not exactly bang for the buck.
With the Nationals improving and the Marlins opening their checkbook for free agents, the Braves will be competing with the bankrupt Mets for the cellar of the NL East.
November 20th, 201112:16 am
If Mark Cuban bought the Braves then I’d have more money at my disposal to squander on some old, overrated free agents.Maybe even give Chipper a big fat raise !
November 20th, 201112:55 am
Where are all the interested billionaires when you need them?
November 20th, 20111:25 am
I just hope whoever buys the Braves is an actual fan of the game willing to spend money to win and not a faceless corporation/group or a disinterested non-fan who only sees it as an investment.
November 20th, 20114:44 am
Under $500 mil is a great price, except that there are too many empty seats and ticket prices are pretty nutty in this economy. Maybe the Cubs are an abnormality, but with 2 baseball teams the Cubs still draw 3 mil per season and the Braves have empty seats in the playoffs. Having their 3A minor league team in town was a bad idea. The Braves and the Rays have nearly the same marketing model. You must have the best scouting and player development staffs in the league to win with under a $100 mil payroll, which is what you can afford. The Braves have $100 to $200 box seat prices just seem high to me. 2 years ago I bought WhiteSox/Braves preseason ticket right behind the Braves dugout for under $15 a piece and the same seats for the Twins game last year were $45. I stayed home.
November 20th, 20115:14 am
I am in Savannah…Been a long time fan…I have the cash…Who do I call ?
November 20th, 20115:20 am
This company is not a serious owner. They pay their CEO more than the entire Braves payroll. Nuff said.
November 20th, 20116:47 am
When someone buys a team the money does not all have to come from their accounts, alot of they borrow against the team itself , not as much as the Dodgers guy did he borrowed all of the money. But what i am saying is a smart person not a billionare puts together a package some of their money some of the banks money some from investers, I just hope hes from Georgia and cares about the team.
November 20th, 20117:39 am
… if Cuban is interested in franchises that need help, where was he when the Ruckus/Silverbacks were in the financial tank all those years (and were still being propped up by Traffic last year to help keep the NASL alive)? I know it’s not relevant to this, but just sayin’, lol We could have used him this spring during the Thrashers debacle, but then, there were those 60 million reason$ why the Thrash moved to the ‘Peg (not slamming the Winnepeggers (?) but again, just sayin’).
November 20th, 20117:41 am
I’ll be a billionaire soon – I might be interested!
November 20th, 20117:46 am
who want to buy the Braves as long as Chipper is there.
Mark Cuban doesn’t want to buy the Braves. Drat. | HardballTalk
November 20th, 20117:54 am
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C. Tampa Ironworse
November 20th, 20118:12 am
This was total filler. What a joke of an article. But I bet Cuban LOVES Daddy Dz BBQ and Bob Dylan. Good Greif…
gotta spend the dough
November 20th, 20118:39 am
All I want is an owner that will move us up in the Payroll rankings. On average over an extended period of time, middle of the pack payroll gets you middle of the pack results. That’s what we’ve seen with the Braves since they started cutting back payroll around 2001-2003.
Does it matter?
Braves were never the same after Johnny Schuerputz told us we should be happy with division titles. Well Johnny violated business’s rule #1: Don’t tell your customers what they’ll get, let them tell you what they want. Since his stupid statement, the Braves attendance has gone steadily down. The fans have clearly spoken that one WS title with all that talent was not enough. JS himself put this team on the map and then took them right off. In my opinion, he’s more an fool than mastermind.
November 20th, 20118:40 am
By the way, where is the Kawakami-McLouth money going? And why can’t Dave O’Brien get an answer to that?
November 20th, 20118:41 am
Thank God! Cuban is a nut!
November 20th, 20119:15 am
I would like to see Justin Bayer buy the Braves. I’m not sure if you have heard of him but he has done some pretty great things that could really help the Braves be a WS caliber team every year.
November 20th, 20119:16 am
The Braves need to be local owned, not out of town corporation or individual. Owner by committee , like the Hawks is certainly no the answer. Thank goodness, the hispanic from out west couldnt buy the Hawks, but they certainly need a new owner too. Liberty, please put the Braves on the market soon.
Runnin With The Dawgs
November 20th, 20119:17 am
Maybe we can get Rankin Smith interested. LOL!
November 20th, 20119:31 am
If a company can be the owner, why doesn’t a local company like Coke buy them?
November 20th, 20119:35 am
I am shocked a billionaire could not be persuaded to buy a baseball team in a far away city just because Mark Bradley wrote a column on it. This should be headline news!
November 20th, 201110:24 am
The Braves don’t need Cuban, they are going all the way to a WS championship in 2012.
Did Mark Bradley do a writeup on this story, also?
November 20th, 201110:26 am
The phrase “lose many millions of dollars” was poorly and redundantly written in the 1st article, and surfaced again here. It’s not necessary to lose lots of money to be successful, but you do have to pay to play. Your argument basically states that the braves need a billionaire looking for a money pit. That’s not what Atlanta is. This is a great and profitable franchise. David you can do better than this!
November 20th, 201110:29 am
Maybe we just pray for rain…and a rich dame to ride in on a white horse and buy the Braves!
November 20th, 201110:35 am
The CEO of Liberty Media made more than the entire Braves payroll last year…look at the numbers. It’s not that they don’t have any money, they’re just not interested in getting burned like we did on Lowe and Hampton, etc. Wren puts together a deal that actually makes sense for the franchise, I’m sure it’ll get approved. That said, why would we buy an all star ss with a multi year contract if we’ve got Pastornicky waiting in the wings? Why would we give up on Heyward so soon? Why court Pujols if we’ve got a great defensive 1B in Freeman? We’re overloaded in Pitching talent and the $5M from the Indians to free up roster space and go shopping. A change in ownership might not be the best thing…the grass isn’t always greener, but the water bill is always more expensive on the other side.
November 20th, 201112:26 pm
I agree with the fact on almost all of your points. The only thing I would disagree with is new ownership, its needed. If you look at the Braves since 2007 and added up the salary dumps, bad deals, and flops. You can see why Liberty Media is not willing to go with a large payroll.
Salary Dumps: Lowe, Hampton, Kawakami, Mclouth, and Vazquez. Since all of these players were either hurt, played poorly, or over priced. This could sit well with the Owners trying to turn a profit.
Bad Deals: The Rangers acquired C/1B Jarrod Saltalamacchia, SS Elvis Andrus, and three pitchers: Neftali Perez, Matt Harrison, and Beau Jones in the deal for Mark Teixeira. OOPS!!!! Arnt we in need of a SS? hmmm….
Outfield prospect Gorkys Hernandez and pitching prospects Charlie Morton and Jeff Locke are headed to Pittsburgh in return for Nate McLouth. Which at the time ws Pitts best player, but this move allowed Pitt to bring up Andrew McCutchen. WOW! Finally Pitt had gotten one over Atlanta.
Flops: pretty much everyone that has been listed so far, Heyward, Melky Cabrera, first half Uggla, Conrad, Proctor, Parrish, and many more.
Untill we get another Turner type owner, we will reamin medicore. Our rank of 13th of 30th is actually right on par.
November 20th, 20111:13 pm
It’s a good thing because I’m not interested in him buying the Braves. In fact, if the “idiot” had, it would have been the last straw for me, and many others I’m sure!
November 20th, 20111:15 pm
Basically, he just found a polite way to tell us that the Braves are not a team that could compete via spending and turn a profit.
Big news flash there.
It worked better back in the 90’s because the Braves brought up so many good young arms and teams just didn’t spend like they do now. Now, you have to be able to bring up young arms and bats and the Braves have not shown the ability to bring up young bats (some, but not enough). So, you have teams that bring up massive talent on one side or the other and just go buy everything else they need (Phillies, Yanks, red Sox, Angels, Rangers, etc.).
Having great young pitching is HUGE in baseball, but not if you are unwilling to part with it for some great young hitting. Braves have to realize you don’t have to go 10-12 starters deep in your system. Move some of these guys for some legitimate young bats. Not the old, crusty ones we keep trying to bring in to fill holes every year.
November 20th, 20111:57 pm
@ Atler(Ramblin Wreck)
Being from Georgia….Kiss my educated arse…moron.
November 20th, 20112:07 pm
One reason the Cubs draw well, even though their attendance was down this year, is that they are in a large market. The main reason that they draw well, though, is that they sell the experience of watching a baseball game, rather than coming out to see a team win a game. Of course, any team draws better when it’s winning but even a good team is going to lose quite a few of its 81 home games. So if you sell winning as the reason to come, people who only get to a game or two a year, which is many people, are likely to be disappointed when they leave the park. In my opinion, selling the experience of coming to the park and watching baseball, as a pleasureable experience, is the way to build and keep a fan base. Traffic, parking, ticket and concession prices, etc, also have to be factored in but that can be tweaked after you get folks wanting to come to the ballpark.
Orange Brave f/k/a Billy Jacks BBQ
Dozer, love the 4th comment.
How about running a promotion naming a fan the “owner for the day”. My gimmick would be quarter beer night against the Fish or Nats. That would fill the stands ! (and the detention facilities) and provide a memorable baseball experience for everyone.
November 20th, 20115:33 pm
Also, my uncle Kenny does not have interest in buying the franchise. So cross that name as well. That makes two. Doing work ’round here. Seriously serious.
November 20th, 20115:56 pm
I think the Braves need more help than Cuban is aware of! Christmas is coming and Frank Wren is going to give Braves’ fans trades that are going to make them stronger. As Santa would say, “Ho, Ho, Ho”!
Bob Wickman's navel lint
November 20th, 20115:58 pm
Maybe Justin Beiber would buy the Braves now that he does not have to pay child support to baby momma
November 20th, 20116:18 pm
Re: Cuban -sad to hear.The Braves need a dynamic owner like him.
November 20th, 20118:19 pm
exasperating. that is how i view the comments on this page. first of all, i don’t think cuban would be a good owner for the braves, and he has stated now that he doesn’t intend to buy them. deal with it. second, i do actually agree that liberty media sucks and don’t have any interest in our team. third, how do people get off judging our players and managers? i thought wren’s trade for bourn and uggla were magnificent. even the mcclouth deal looked amazing at first. heyward will hammer the ball next year. chipper has every right to play until he doesn’t feel like playing anymore. i don’t get half of the posts that are on this site.
The Jones Boys
November 20th, 20118:37 pm
Fair enough. Good explanation by Cuban.
Laughing Jack (OUT LOUD)
November 20th, 20118:44 pm
Now there’s a GREAT idea! Sell the Braves to Obama! He’s got his own NBA charity basketball program to raise money for his campaign. By the way, that’s Obama’s jobs program for the nation…Put those millionaire pro basketball players to work so he can tax the rich…He’ll have more rich to tax that way. Then after his campaign fails (hopefully) he can move to Atlanta along with the other half of Chicago and be a hands on owner of the Braves….See him in the stands for every home game. He can put Michele in charge of the cheer leaders and bring some class to that outfit who entertain on the dugout roofs. Obama would make a great hands on owner for the Braves. He could have bought the Thrashers, but he could buy the Hawks, but it’s a little premature. He’s not out of office yet..
November 20th, 20119:00 pm
By the way, why would any billionaire want to buy the Atlanta Braves when the franchise comes with idiot fans posting on a DOB blog? Liberty Mutual has more interest in this franchise than you might imagine. The CEO of Liberty Mutual has more to do than give hands on management to a baseball team. That’s one reason he has local faces of the team, Terry Mc, John S and Frank W.
You don’t like the local faces and how they do business? Then ask Liberty Mutual to do some shake up of local faces, don’t expect them to sell a lucrative part of their business. And shut your yaps about Mark Cuban, Ted Turner or any other billionarie. Let them make more money so Obama can tax them more and give us poor people cake as the nation burns!
November 20th, 20119:23 pm
and the Braves don’t need help? lol
November 20th, 201111:18 pm
Post your political opinions on some other blog. This one is about sports – not religion or politics!
Coach (2011 Fredi G. FAILED)
November 21st, 20111:19 am
Hilarious. Mark Cuban apparently doesn’t know much about sports history in Atlanta, Georgia.
How many championships have the Braves, Falcons, Hawks etc. won altogether?
ONE. Yea that’s right, one. Not to mention the FOUR WS our Braves lost. O yea, The Falcons also lost a super bowl. Mark Cuban may not be dumb but he is incredibly ignorant.
November 21st, 20118:05 am
Coach: Mark Cuban IS INCREDIBLY smart. He knows what Atlanta sports “fans” – including peoplr on this blog – would be like if the Braves didn’t win right away. They’d call for his head after a bad April… or after a losing record out of Spring Training…
November 21st, 20118:17 am
MOVE THE BRAVES OUT OF DOWNTOWN
If I had money to buy the Braves, I wouldn’t agree to it until a new stadium was built as far away from downtown Atlanta as possible, more preferable in the northern suburbs where the most ticket-paying fans live. Even the old Doraville GM plant site would be better than driving downtown into that glut of multi-event traffic and one-way or blocked off roads (and unfriendly traffic cops).
November 21st, 20118:45 am
What would be an interesting stat to know is how many WS winners in the last 30 years were owned by individuals vs. corporations…that might give some basis for the success of one over the other.
what of it?
November 21st, 20119:11 am
November 21st, 20119:14 am
Is this a classic case of a writer creating a story where there isn’t one? I believe you O’Brien created this story out of nowhere then went to ask Cuban if he was interested. Then you came back with ANOTHER story saying he wasn’t interested. Maybe he never even gave the team a thought in the first place. Hummmmmm…
November 21st, 201110:05 am
Why the slap at DOB @9:14 ? DOB was just doing his job..two are three fans asked DOB to check with Cuban to see his interest. Most all Braves fans back DOB and his efforts to keep Braves fans happy (informed) and up to date on all Braves news. Thanks DOB and keep up the Great Job.
November 21st, 201110:37 am
The Braves management has done a phenomenal job with the limited resources that Liberty has been willing to provide, but think where we might be with ownership that actually gave a damn. The Braves are solid, but with a couple of well-chosen, high-dollar free agent signings, they could be in a WS title discussion every year and, who knows, maybe even win a couple. Someone please slap Ted, tell him to stop being so selfish and buy the Braves back!
November 21st, 201111:07 am
bravesfanforever: do you think anyone cares for your typically cynical, bitter thoughts on the subject?
November 21st, 201111:35 am
I think Bravesfanforever may have a point and you should be more gracious conceding it. I never heard anyone but you publically speculate on Cuban as a potential owner, either. I, for one don’t understand all of the knocking of Liberty as owner. They have pretty much given Braves management free reign and a reasonable if not generaous payroll for this market. Did not the Braves perform pretty well the last 2 seasons, making the playoffs in ‘10 and coming aganizingly close in ‘11. It really wasn’t the payroll’s fault that key players were injured and others underperformed expectations. This size payroll has also encouraged management to push our yourng prospects along rather than taking as many gambles in the free agent market or mega trades ala Texiera. We’ve got an excellent nucleus and are starting to shed some of our dead weight contracts and as long as JS and FW continue to look for the right pieces to the club, payroll should not be an issue. By the way, fans could help by showing up for games. Even as perenial playoff contenders fan attendence was ptetty pitiful. That alone would encourage ownership to loosen up the purse strings more.
November 21st, 201112:40 pm
I Still think Mr. Blank would be a great owner, he has deep pockets and likes to win. We need local ownership.
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