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Mark Cuban doesn’t want to buy the Braves. Drat.

Nov 20, 2011, 7:52 AM EDT

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Being a Braves fan was its most fun when a potentially-crazy billionaire owned them. We won’t get a second go-around of that, however, because Mark Cuban told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution yesterday that he has no interest in buying the team.

Now, the Braves aren’t for sale, but that doesn’t mean this is a wholly academic exercise.  The team’s current owner — Liberty Media — may very well look to move the team soon because of the terms of the deal it made with Time-Warner when it bought the team four years ago, requiring that they keep the team until the current collective bargaining agreement expires, and that’s in a couple of weeks. There are some tax consequences to it all too.  And given that the very purchase of the team seemed to be driven by some sort of corporate financial calculation rather than any animate feelings for baseball, it’s not like Liberty has any kind of real attachment to the Bravos.

But back to Cuban: he told Dave O’Brien of the AJC that he prefers “franchises that need a lot of help,” and that “the Braves have a great franchise.” And that means that he wouldn’t be interested if the team was put on the market.

Crap.  Anyone know any other potentially-crazy billionaires?  Miss you.

  1. bloodysock - Nov 20, 2011 at 8:02 AM

    Richard Branson has some extra cash available and the team charter would be easily taken care of.

    However, he’d want to rename the team the Virgin Braves.

    • paperlions - Nov 20, 2011 at 11:17 AM

      Atlanta Virgins? That has a certain ring to it.

    • natstowngreg - Nov 20, 2011 at 3:42 PM

      Branson Buys Braves; Plans to Build New Park in Low-Earth Orbit

  2. Old Gator - Nov 20, 2011 at 8:29 AM

    Worse: interviewed this morning someplace, Wally Backman announced that he wouldn’t be interested in managing the Braves even in Mark Cuban did buy the team.

  3. kiwicricket - Nov 20, 2011 at 9:09 AM

    Why Yes! Actually a former employer of mine.
    Strange, slightly unhealthy fascination in youth soccer, but I assume he’s into sports… . .

  4. Jeremiah Graves - Nov 20, 2011 at 9:50 AM

    …are the Kardashians billionaires yet? They’ve got the crazy part all taken care of…just imagine ole Uggla hookin’ up with Kimbo as a slump-buster. This thing has awful, awful reality tv written all over it.

  5. heyzeus143 - Nov 20, 2011 at 9:54 AM

    he’s holding out to buy the pirates – hometown boy

  6. JBerardi - Nov 20, 2011 at 10:17 AM

    There’s a chance that it isn’t Cuban’s lifelong dream to incrementally increase his already vast wealth via scamming state and local governments out of desperately needed tax dollars. As such, he’s unacceptable as a member of Selig’s MLB.

  7. Charles Gates - Nov 20, 2011 at 10:37 AM

    Cuban, please buy out Angelos. Pleeeeeese. The O’s fit the bill of a team that needs a lot of help.

    • Old Gator - Nov 20, 2011 at 12:26 PM

      If Cuban is really sincere about helping those in need of help, he’d also agree to be Peter Angelos’ legal guardian when he becomes senile.

  8. casey5jones - Nov 20, 2011 at 11:25 AM

    Took the words right out of my mouth, paperlions.

    I too grew up a Bravos fan (thank you, TBS… Very funny). And I must say, I have a giant spot in my heart for Mr. Turner, crazy or not.

  9. xmatt0926x - Nov 20, 2011 at 2:23 PM

    Wait one second!!! We all hate when billionaires own teams and spend more on their payroll than the competition!!!! Oops. Thats right. We only really hate it when its the OTHER teams that are doing that when ours can’t. Interesting…

    • b7p19 - Nov 21, 2011 at 10:37 AM

      Yeah, that pretty much sums it up. As a Padres fan I can admit that. BTW, Tino Martinez should have been rung up ’98.

  10. jeffro33 - Nov 20, 2011 at 4:55 PM

    Could also be because Cuban doesn’t see the value. The Braves have been a successful team but yet have trouble filling a stadium…

  11. foreverchipper10 - Nov 21, 2011 at 2:04 PM

    I didn’t know this was even an option. I would love for him to reconsider. Look what he did for the Mavs. The Braves would not be a rebuilding effort but it isn’t just about the roster. The facilities are state of the art, the locker room atmosphere is top notch and he is vocal in supporting his players. The Mavs are his team. I want the Braves to be his team as well.

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