There are consequences Braves fans. When 19,558 people come to see the Braves play for a weeknight game in the September it means that eventually the team will be unable to sign its best players.
I’ve heard a lot about Ted Turner and how some fans wish he was still the owner. Turner was a good owner, but it ultimately it was the way he mismanaged the sale of the team that allowed the Braves to be roped into one of the worst TV contracts imaginable. That’s not Liberty Media’s fault.
So what are the Braves to do? The TV contract can’t be renegotiated for 14 years. The only way for the Braves to increase revenue to stay competitive with the Mets, Phillies, and Nationals is to get more people to the ballpark. It’s not going to happen at Turner Field. Turner Field and Atlanta Fulton County Stadium are in a bad location. Even if they were able to develop the area around the park traffic is mess that just can’t be fixed. That’s the reality. More people will go to the games in Cobb County.
In the meantime, the Braves are going to lose players like Heyward, Freeman, and Kimbrel when they become free agents. It’s not about loyalty. They Braves can’t afford them.
The first Braves game at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium. April 12, 1966. 1st game as the Atlanta Braves.