Count Rep. John Lewis, a Georgia Democrat who has represented Atlanta in Congress for more than 25 years, among those disappointed in the Atlanta Braves’ stated intention to move from the city to Cobb County in 2017.
“I don’t know how much more the city could do, or should do,” Mr. Lewis told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “But it’s something that the mayor, city council and others should continue to negotiate on.”
“It’s a blow to the city,” he added. “The Atlanta Braves. The Atlanta Braves should be in Atlanta.”
A map shows that more Braves ticket buyers actually come from suburbs north of the city, but Mr. Lewis said the team should be doing more to get people from all areas to the games.
“I don’t know who to blame,” he said. “It may be a smart economic decision, but it’s not a smart political decision, I don’t think.”
The county has reportedly made a $450 million offer to subsidize the new park. The Braves have been playing at their current home, Turner Field, since 1997.