Name that Cobb Internet mogul

Plenty of buzz generated by this item in The Marietta Daily Journal: Recent back-fence talk describes the same scenario that circulated a couple years ago — current owner Liberty Media selling to an Internet mogul with strong ties to Cobb County. Around Town first reported talk of a possible sale in September 2013 — prior […]

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Bizarro Braves world

I’m glad that two-week run as a small market franchise is over. New stadium effect: "As far out into the future as I can see, I see us raising payroll every year," #Braves CEO says. http://t.co/Q0qblCK3i6 — AJC Stadium (@ajcstadium) February 23, 2014 I can live with that. Within the same article, beyond a paywall, […]

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Braves TV deal worse than we thought

The LA Times reports the Dodgers will receive $240 to $280 million per year for local broadcasting rights. According to DOB, the Braves take in roughly $20-to-$25 million annually from their local TV rights — a deal Jeff Passan calls “the sport’s worst television contract,” negotiated as “a term of its sale” from Time Warner […]

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Thanks again, Bud

From Tim Tucker’s review of Liberty’s financials: In a conference call that Liberty executives held with investment analysts Thursday, the Braves were mentioned once. That was in the context of a discussion about taxes. Is there a team in baseball that has benefited from corporate ownership? The Cubs (Tribune), the Angels (Disney) and the Dodgers […]

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Liberty Media’s financials

So Liberty reported the Braves had an operating loss last year because of Derek Lowe. Appropriate. In addition to what Tim Tucker reported from Liberty’s 10-K Securities and Exchange Commission filing, there were a couple other interesting nuggets. First, I’m pretty sure that in past reports, Liberty has disclosed far less detail about the Braves’ finances. […]

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Holding Liberty accountable

I just paid $54 for two upper box seats. The cheap seats, they used to call ’em. Three years ago, those seats were $12 apiece. The team raised the price slightly for “premium” games in the ensuing years — $16, $18 most. Suddenly they’re $27, despite a recession. No wonder attendance is down. Typical of […]

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The next Braves owner (we wish)

It won’t happen, but it’s fun to dream. Elton is local — more local than Liberty, at least. And he’s a serious Braves fan; according to Atlanta magazine, he has a backstage assistant relay score updates to him each summer when he’s on tour. (Check out EJ talking baseball with JS, the Lemmer and Knucksie.) […]

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Forbes: Liberty looking to sell Bravos

The mag also reports that while the absentee owners have cut payroll, the club’s revenue and profits have climbed, a lot. Braves prez Terry McGuirk is shocked, shocked. He tells the local organ’s Jeff Schultz he has heard no such thing from Liberty. Schultz quotes McGuirk calling the Forbes report “amateurish,” even though he also tells Schultz he […]

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Ellsbury just became more available

The Red Sox are about to acquire Adrian Gonzalez for a package of prospects. Jacoby Ellsbury is still with the Sox — for now.  Buster Olney sez Boston has enough payroll flexibility to afford either Crawford or Werth. If they add one of those All-Stars, Ellsbury appears the odd man out. I’m assuming Theo Epstein will try to swap him for prospects, having depleted his farm […]

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