Liberty’s #Braves investment skyrockets in value

March 26, 2015 // 2 Comments

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 [...]

Bizarro Braves world

February 23, 2014 // 0 Comments

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. — AJC Stadium (@ajcstadium) February 23, 2014 I can live with that. [...]

Here’s why Liberty is holding onto the Braves

January 25, 2014 // 6 Comments

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 [...]

Braves TV deal worse than we thought

November 26, 2012 // 5 Comments

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,” [...]

Thanks again, Bud

February 25, 2012 // 1 Comment

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 [...]

Liberty Media’s financials

February 25, 2012 // 0 Comments

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 [...]

A dead-on assessment of the Liberty Braves

January 5, 2012 // 3 Comments

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 [...]

Padres get Carlos Quentin for nothing

December 31, 2011 // 5 Comments

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 [...]

Holding Liberty accountable

July 16, 2011 // 3 Comments

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 [...]

The next Braves owner (we wish)

March 25, 2011 // 14 Comments

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 [...]

Forbes: Liberty looking to sell Bravos

March 24, 2011 // 19 Comments

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 [...]

Ellsbury just became more available

December 4, 2010 // 4 Comments

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 [...]

Gammons: Liberty ‘watching costs’

November 17, 2010 // 7 Comments

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 [...]

McGuirk: Liberty “enjoying” owning Braves

April 19, 2010 // 7 Comments

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. [...]

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