More tidbits about the Atlanta Braves stadium deal are floating to the surface today, what with Cobb County set to vote on it today and all, and they ain’t pretty:
- Atlanta Braves president John Schuerholz apparently told a TV news reporter last week that it’s a good thing the deal was negotiated in secret, because “if it had gotten out, more people would have started taking the position of, ‘We don’t want that to happen.'” It’s the kind of thing you expect team officials to think — yes, it’s hard for opposition to form when nobody knows about the deal until two weeks before it’s voted on, thanks to county commissioners standing in the hallway to avoid a quorum — but not to say out loud, leading Deadspin to describe it as “so painfully lacking in self-awareness that it’s hard to imagine him saying it without adjusting his monocle.”
- I can’t read it because it’s behind a paywall, but the Atlanta Journal Constitution has a story up with the headline, “Braves documents reveal no guarantees on private development,” which is pretty self-explanatory: The Braves are making no promises that they’ll actually build the surrounding retail/housing/whatever complex that has been held out as one of the main benefits of the stadium deal. Which is no surprise, since promising to build ancillary development but not committing to actually do it in this century is par for the stadium course, but it’s still not a good sign.
- If you were surprised that the vote is today, you’re not the only one: As Creative Loafing reports, “Details about the vote, which will be followed by the issuance of the bonds later this year, were released after 6 p.m. on Friday.”
The Cobb County Commission meeting starts tonight at 7 pm, and streaming video should be available here. Let’s all meet up in comments and make quips! I get to be Crow T. Robot!