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Mark Cuban isn't interested in buying Braves

Posted on: November 19, 2011 4:30 pm
Edited on: November 19, 2011 4:31 pm
 
Mark Cuban

By C. Trent Rosecrans

The Braves aren't for sale, but even if Liberty Media decides to sell, Mark Cuban isn't interested in buying the team.

"I like franchises that need a lot of help," Cuban told David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in an e-mail on Saturday. "The Braves have a great franchise."

The owner of the NBA's Dallas Mavericks bid on the Texas Rangers last year and expressed interest in the Cubs in 2009. He recently said he's not interested in paying more than a billion dollars for the Dodgers.

Liberty Media bought the team in 2007 from Time Warner and as part of that agreement must retain ownership until at least the current collective bargaining agreement expires on Dec. 11. Forbes magazine valued the Braves at $482 million in March, putting them 13th out of 30 teams. Liberty Media is headquartered in Colorado and locally in Atlanta it is seen as a disinterested owner, the opposite of the "gold old days" when Ted Turner owned the team.

The AJC ran a reader poll asking fans if they'd like to see Cuban buy the team and 95 percent answered yes.

"I'm flattered by the fans' response," Cuban wrote to O'Brien. "While I respect the amazing tradition and history of the Braves, and ATL is a great sports town, it's not a franchise I would pursue."

Dodgers fans were hopeful Cuban would buy their team, but he's balked at the asking price -- but that could be a negotiating tactic. Despite Cuban's interest, there's also the question of whether commissioner Bud Selig would allow the outspoken Cuban in the club of team owners.

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Comments

Since: May 2, 2007
Posted on: November 20, 2011 12:06 pm
 

Mark Cuban isn't interested in buying Braves

also isnt bud selig suppose to be retiring here shortly? I dont think bud selig is thinking about what is in his best interest. what benefit does it do him to not take on cuban as an owner?



Since: May 2, 2007
Posted on: November 20, 2011 12:05 pm
 

Mark Cuban isn't interested in buying Braves

mattlee, all the owners not just bud selig make the decision on who buys and who does not. they all voted against cuban.  and baseball owners arent like cuban...loud and obnoxious.  they stay more behind the scenes.   



Since: May 2, 2007
Posted on: November 20, 2011 12:02 pm
 

Mark Cuban isn't interested in buying Braves

he's a business man. of course he wants to buy a team while they are down then hopefully turn them around by throwing money every where and then start reaping the rewards.   so glad he didnt get to buy the Cubs!!!!!!!!!!!!



Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: November 19, 2011 6:26 pm
 

Mark Cuban isn't interested in buying Braves

Mark, please, please, please buy the Dodgers!!!!!



Since: Dec 23, 2006
Posted on: November 19, 2011 5:18 pm
 

Mark Cuban isn't interested in buying Braves

Buy the Mets Mark,Please




Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: November 19, 2011 5:10 pm
 

Mark Cuban isn't interested in buying Braves

And yes I meant it would be the best interest



Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: November 19, 2011 5:09 pm
 

Mark Cuban isn't interested in buying Braves

I would be the best interest for both the Los Angeles Dodgers and Major League Baseball to allow Mark Cuban to purchase the team. Bud Selig needs to stop thinking about what is best for him, and start thinking about what is best for baseball.


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