Maffei mentioned the Braves’ addition of Josh Donaldson and the continued presence of Ronald Acuna, Ozzie Albies, Freddie Freeman and “good young arms.”
“I think we have … a lot of prospects ahead despite that arms race in the NL East,” Maffei said.
He described SunTrust Park and The Battery Atlanta as “a big home run” financially – “highly successful and I think only good news ahead.”
The second question he fielded about the Braves at the Deutsche Bank Media, Internet and Telecom Conference – broadcast on Liberty Media's corporate website -- pertained to the possibility of the team or another Liberty entity buying the Fox regional sports networks, including Atlanta-based Fox Sports South and Fox Sports Southeast.
Maffei noted that Liberty owned regional sports networks in the past and acknowledged both their “high current earning power” and their riskiness in a changing TV distribution landscape. “It’s an asset class we know well,” he said. “We should look hard with a judicious, thoughtful eye on the risk.”
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