Don’t rush to sign deal with Braves
November 15, 2013 12:32 AM | 1402 views | 5 5 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print

By any standards other than the federal government, the Braves deal is a big one. The Cobb Board of Commissioners is expected to vote in less than two weeks. The Cobb Government, the Board of Commissioners, and the Board of the Cobb-Marietta Coliseum and Exhibit Hall Authority are not accustomed to this kind of thing and, realistically, are woefully unprepared to negotiate any deal.

The Braves, literally and figuratively, know how to play hardball. The Cobb Chamber of Commerce can be expected to cheer for a deal of any kind. The Cumberland CID is reliably unconcerned about the everyday folks in Cobb and should be expected to push the deal, as they expect to benefit as property owners in the area. Any negotiations will be lambs vs. lions, with wolves alongside cheering for the lions.

The short timeframe is very worrisome. There are so many things to evaluate and understand that two weeks would be a rush for experienced deal makers. Cobb doesn’t have experienced deal makers.

Cobb should engage independent advisors who know how to evaluate this project before anyone signs anything. They should be charged to evaluate all elements with their emphasis on protecting Cobb taxpayers. This is not a suitable occasion for our local politicians to strut false bravado. We need smart, knowledgeable, experienced professionals to sort this thing out.

Hire them, quickly. If it can’t be done by Nov. 26, then set a new date. Our commissioners can buy a lot of mules for $100 million.

Larry Savage

East Cobb

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Tony Cain
November 15, 2013
After reading this letter anyone can understand why I voted for Larry for Cobb County Chairman.
Lib in Cobb
November 15, 2013
Larry, great idea. Hopefully the decision makers will not let their egos get in the way.

I would like to see a protection clause in the body of the agreement, which would prevent any new taxes or increase in Cobb property tax, for the expressed purpose of paying for this money pit.

Glad you lost
November 15, 2013
Mr. Savage you are a loser and the Cobb County public is so happy they did not elect you. Please get over your 15 minutes of whatever. We need real leadership in this county and Mr. Lee has proven he can handle the job. Had you been elected the Braves would be going to Gwinett and you would be complaining the Mr. Lee should have brought them to Cobb. So get off your high horse and go back to your county club mansion. It's over, you are not a leader and will never be one.
Not for Amateurs
November 15, 2013
Larry, save this letter. If your advice is not followed, you can pull it out in a few years as an "I told you so".

That said, there must be lots of experienced people from Dallas, New Jersey, Baltimore etc... who know the ropes. This is not for Amateurs.

We need someone who knows the economics and how hard the Braves can be pushed.
Great letter
November 15, 2013

"Hire them, quickly. If it can’t be done by Nov. 26, then set a new date. Our commissioners can buy a lot of mules for $100 million."

As usual, Larry Savage's letter in today's MDJ makes sense. We and "our rulers", are not smart enough to understand that.
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