When a recent poll on the Atlanta Journal Constitution's website revealed that 95% of nearly 8,000 voters wanted Mark Cuban, the enthusiastic and perhaps nonconforming owner of the Dallas Mavericks, to buy the Atlanta Braves, it started a wave of optimistic and hopeful speculation that Cuban may one day be the new owner of the Braves.
It certainly makes sense. Cuban has looked into and even attempted to buy teams in the past, most recently the Texas Rangers in 2010. There's no question he has the money, and the Braves are a well-respected franchise.
Unfortunately, much to Braves fans' dismay, Cuban stated he is not interested in buying the Braves should Liberty Media decide to sell.
“I’m flattered by the fans’ response,” Cuban said by email. “While I respect the amazing tradition and history of the Braves, and Atlanta is a great sports town, it’s not a franchise I would pursue.”
Cuban further explained his reasoning, stating that he preferred teams that were in need. After all, he is a businessman, and he stands to make the most money by turning a team in dire straits to a perennial contender.
“I like franchises that need a lot of help,” Cuban said. “The Braves have a great franchise.”
Liberty Media has to retain ownership of the Braves until the current collective bargaining agreement expires on December 11. Liberty Media management has given no indication that they are looking to sell the Braves. However, since the Braves are not considered to be an important or significant asset by Liberty, they may be interested in selling at some point in the near future.
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