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…

Liberty’s #Braves investment skyrockets in value

The Braves are now worth $1.15 billion, up 58 percent in just one year and two-and-a-half times what the club was worth when Liberty Media acquired it in 2007. Hooray, Liberty! I’m sure the Cobb County taxpayers footing a big chunk of the bill for the new ball yard are popping champagne corks while they’re…

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,…

Here’s why Liberty is holding onto the Braves

Why is the media conglomerate from Colorado — the one that as of today is worth $15.29 billion on the open market — holding onto our baseball team, or that tax write-off/asset that somehow greased the conglomerate’s big deal with Time Warner a few years ago? I’m thinking it has something to do with the…

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…

More revenue coming in, but Braves payroll to remain same

The new national TV contracts mean each team will receive an additional $27 million, starting next year. Alas, Liberty won’t be using that money to acquire new talent. According to Mark Bowman, the Braves’ payroll will remain around $94 million. The descent into small marketdom continues, thanks to indifferent ownership.

I bet they would’ve attended a corporate sponsor’s funeral

I think most would agree that, of all Braves blogs, the Office has the keenest sense of the team’s history. But we blew it last week in our post about Furman Bisher’s death when we neglected to mention the pivotal role he played in bringing the Braves to Atlanta. Sure, the city’s size and status…

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…

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….

A dead-on assessment of the Liberty Braves

Talking Chop led us to a Grantland piece by Jonah Kari that pretty much nails the current state of the Braves. Tyler Pastornicky, Braves: There’s nothing inherently wrong with giving young players a chance, and Pastornicky does have some real talent. Scouts like his defense, and the 22-year-old shortstop has stolen 120 bases over the…

Padres get Carlos Quentin for nothing

I doubt anyone was naive enough to believe the Braves were going to add significant payroll this offseason — today’s trade of Carlos Quentin to the Padres is further proof that if there is a hike, it’ll likely be measured in pennies. San Diego’s new GM Josh Byrnes swapped pocket lint for Quentin, a right-handed…

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…

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.)…

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…

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…

Gammons: Liberty ‘watching costs’

The Braves have all kinds of pitching coming, but the current ownership has given indications that they’re watching costs for a future sale; the fact that they’re not interested in extending Frank Wren long-term after the job he did last season has been taken by many in the organization as a bad sign. Troubling news,…

McGuirk: Liberty “enjoying” owning Braves

And according to the team’s CEO, Liberty has no plans to sell the team once they’re permitted to do so in 2011. McGuirk adds the media conglomerate hasn’t cut payroll, even though it has. I’ll be interested to see whether FW gets approval to add  an outfield bat. Probably not. “Maybe they’d do it for…