LEADOFF: What Ted Turner says now about Braves’ move to Cobb

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An NBC Sports documentary will air Saturday afternoon about Ted Turner's victory in the 1977 America's Cup. At a preview event for the film in New York, SportsBusiness Journal caught up with Turner for a Q&A published Monday about his big sailing victory of 40 years ago, the changes in the media business and the Braves' move to Cobb County.

Regarding the latter, the CNN founder and former Braves owner made it clear how he feels.

Here’s that portion of the interview, which is consistent with Turner’s previous statements that he wouldn’t have moved the Braves to Cobb if he still owned the team:

SBJ: "… Have you been to SunTrust Park?"

Turner: "No."

SBJ: "Do you have plans to go soon?"

Turner: "No."

SBJ: "What do you think of the team moving from downtown to Cobb County?"

Turner: "To me, they'll always be the Atlanta Braves, not the Marietta Braves."

SBJ: "Do you watch the team now?"

Turner: "A little bit, on TV, but not much. But we were really successful with the Braves. We drew well, and we set a record for the most consecutive division championships. They moved to Marietta strictly because they could get money (for the ballpark)."

The one-hour documentary, "Courageous," will air at 2:30 p.m. Saturday on NBC. "I think it's an interesting story," Turner, 78, says on an NBC video promoting the show. "I know because I lived it."

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