I’ve written quite a bit on the Gwinnett Braves stadium as details about the deal have leaked out over the past few weeks. In today’s Atlanta Journal-Constitution, I condense my analysis to an 800-word Op-Ed to share with my fellow metro Atlanta residents.
Like many baseball fans living in metropolitan Atlanta, I was delighted to hear that the Braves would be moving their Triple A franchise to Gwinnett County. However, since learning the financial terms of the deal, my enthusiasm has waned. The arrangement essentially transfers Gwinnett residents’ hard-earned tax dollars to the Braves’ corporate owner, Liberty Media. It is inexcusable that the Gwinnett County Commission would approve such an agreement without vetting the proposal publicly.
After examining the details, it is easy to see why government officials were so eager to keep this deal behind closed doors until it was too late. It may be a sweetheart deal for Liberty’s corporate shareholders, but it is fiscally irresponsible and morally reprehensible.
Now, if I lived in Gwinnett County, then I would really be mad.
If you are coming to the site for the first time, you can read all of my analysis of the Gwinnett stadium deal here. To read the posts sequentially, go to the bottom of the page and scroll up.