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Ted Turner on Braves' Move: 'I Never Would Have Done It'

Former Atlanta Braves owner Ted Turner says he would never consider moving the ball club out of Atlanta. The team is slate to move to a new stadium in Cobb County by 2017.

Former Atlanta Braves owner Ted Turner says he would never consider moving the ball club out of Atlanta. File|Patch
Former Atlanta Braves owner Ted Turner says he would never consider moving the ball club out of Atlanta. File|Patch

Philanthropist and media mogul Ted Turner, the former owner of the Atlanta Braves, said Wednesday that he would not have moved the baseball team to Cobb County, and theorized the club’s owners will rake in big bucks for the naming rights to the new venue.

Turner has so far declined comment about the Atlanta Braves plans to leave Turner Field in downtown Atlanta in favor of a new $672 million stadium to be built in Cobb County, says the SaportaReport. The Braves should open their 2017 season at the new stadium.

The stadium would be run by the Cobb-Marietta Coliseum and Exhibit Hall Authority, which also operates the Cobb Galleria Centre and the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center in the Cumberland area.

But at Wednesday’s 2014 Georgia Technology Summit, Turner shared his views about plans to move the team out of Atlanta to Cobb.

“I never would have done it,” Turner said of a move. “They tried to get me to move the Hawks and I didn’t do it.”

The Braves currently play in a facility that was built as the Olympic stadium when Atlanta hosted the Summer Games in 1996. That stadium has since been called Turner Field — in recognition of either Ted Turner or Turner Broadcasting or both, says Saporta’s blog.

Turner was asked whether he felt sentimental about the likely demolition of the existing stadium.

“The one in Cobb is not going to be named after me,” Turner said. “That’s probably why they want to do this. They can make a lot of money selling the naming rights.”

As he was leaving the Cobb Galleria site where the technology summit was held, Turner noted: “It looks like getting into the Atlanta stadium is going to be a lot easier than getting to a stadium here.”

Common Cause Georgia board member said recently that Cobb County officials were not as straightforward as they should have been about the total public cost of a new Atlanta Braves Stadium, which will be double what has been publicized.

Common Cause board member Terry Taylor told WABE Radio that while county officials acknowledged annual payments of more than $17 million with interest over 30 years, they did not use that total in their official communications. Instead, Taylor says county officials have cited $300 million as the public cost of the project. With interest, maintenance costs and other expenses, Taylor says Cobb taxpayers will be forced to pay at least twice that amount.

Steve Brooks March 27, 2014 at 09:46 AM
You know "Badger Girl", Louis Grizzard said,"Delta's ready when you are." I'm guessing you are from Wisconsin, by your monicker. They need a few more folks back up there. Didn't the Hawks play in the Old Omni that you took a chance of getting stabbed before you could get to the front door???? Apparently they moved somewhere. Who cares what Ted Turner thinks? Thank God The new stadium will not be named for him.
LP. March 27, 2014 at 10:03 AM
Since the Braves call themselves "The Team of the South" let them move to some other southern state! Let some other state force their taxpayers to pay for the privately owned corporation. Atlanta is full of bandwagon fans anyway...the Braves wouldn't be missed at all.
scrambo March 27, 2014 at 08:22 PM
they should definitely move to another southern state now that georgia has more yankees than southerners its no more southern here than new jersey...
badgergirl March 27, 2014 at 08:31 PM
Hey Scrambo - move to West Cobb where you seem to want to belong.

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