The Atlanta Braves' decision to leave the city of Atlanta for nearby Cobb County is "not a done deal," according to Justin Farmer of WSB-TV in Atlanta. There are still several hurdles that must be cleared in order for the plan to come to fruition.
For starters, the proposed site in Cobb County has only been identified and hasn't been purchased. Furthermore, the stadium will require $450 million in public funding which has not yet been presented to the Cobb County commission, much less approved. Farmer learned these details in a recent phone call with Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed.
Mayor Reed countered the Cobb County talk by mentioning that his city has been in "good faith negotiations" with the team for over a year in an attempt to keep them in the city. However, he doesn't think that Atlanta taxpayers should be on the hook for a publicly-financed ballpark, and he reports that the city's hotel and motel tax dollars are already wrapped up in the financing for the Falcons' upcoming new NFL stadium.
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