The Braves and Cobb County are shaking down parking lot owners now


The Braves stadium boondoggle continues apace. Via Deadspin and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution we learn that they’ve gotten their lapdogs in the Cobb County government to ban the operation of private parking lots in the vicinity on game days. Why? For “safety” reasons, of course.

I’m sure this has nothing to do with the Braves wanting to suck up as much parking revenue as possible for fans heading to their money-printing machine of a ballpark. A ballpark not served by public transportation. And of course, as with most things relating to this ballpark, it was done with zero transparency. Per the AJC, there was “no public discussion of the parking ordinance beyond the title being read into the record.”

There are some 10,000 private parking places near the stadium potentially affected by this ordinance. By sheer, gobsmacking coincidence, the Braves are currently negotiating leases with the owners of many of these parking lots, so they can get a cut of the parking revenue. In essence, this is a shakedown. While polite and legal, this is functionally no different than the mob walking through a neighborhood and demanding a wad of cash from each shopkeeper’s till for protection money. Oh, sorry, “safety” money. Except, instead of breaking kneecaps, they’re getting Cobb County to pass ordinances in order to extract payment.

There hasn’t been a single aspect of this move out of Turner Field that shows the Braves and Cobb County to be concerned about anything other than maximizing revenues for the Atlanta Braves. It’s pathetic. Simply rotten.


Anthony Rendon fan interaction video looked into by MLB

Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

OAKLAND, Calif. – Major League Baseball is looking into a video circulating on social media that appears to show Los Angeles Angels third baseman Anthony Rendon grab a fan by the shirt through the bleacher guardrails after Thursday night’s game in Oakland, a league spokesperson said Friday.

Rendon looks to have grabbed the fan’s shirt near his chest through the bars of the railing and exchanged words with him before appearing to take a swipe at the bill of the man’s ballcap and walking into the tunnel.

Angels spokesman Adam Chodzko says the team has no comment. The Angels do not play Friday, but the club expects Rendon to address the video Saturday in the clubhouse before the game against the Oakland Athletics in Oakland.

The video shows the fan, dressed in A’s colors, approach the railing as Rendon turns toward him from the tunnel walkway below. Rendon then appears to grab the man’s shirt and ask him what he just said, accusing the fan of calling him a derogatory term before swiping at his ballcap.

The A’s won the game 2-1.