In one of the most outrageous examples of corporate welfare in recent memory, the owners of Atlanta Braves announced today that they are moving the team from its home at Turner Field in downtown Atlanta to a new stadium in suburban Cobb County.
Why would the Braves move from a convenient, fan-friendly stadium that’s only 17 years old to the traffic gridlock hell at the interchange of interstates I-75 and I-285? Because Cobb County officials bribed the team’s owners with $450 million of taxpayers’ money, that’s why.
That means failing business owners, struggling single mothers, the unemployed and families fighting to make ends meet will be forced to pick up most of the tab for the cost of a new state-of-the-art baseball stadium so the team’s owners don’t have to.
Of course, if the Braves owners wanted to write a check to finance the entire cost of the new stadium, they could. But why would they do that when they can just dupe taxpayers into paying for most of the stadium?
The Braves are owned by John C. Malone and Liberty Media, who also own QVC, Evite, ProFlowers and Overture Films, as well as holding large interests in Expedia, Barnes and Noble, Live Nation and SiriusXM, among other companies.
In other words, the last people who need a handout from hard working taxpayers are getting one, thanks to the dopes who run Cobb County.