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Atlanta’s countdown clock to college football title game starts today


Good morning. This is Leadoff, today’s early buzz in Atlanta sports.

Atlanta is on the clock — literally — to host college football’s national title game.

A new 50-yard-long digital marquee on the front of the College Football Hall of Fame in downtown Atlanta will be activated today and, on one end, will count down the days, hours, minutes and seconds until the city hosts next season’s College Football Playoff championship game Jan. 8, 2018.

“The buzz in Atlanta surrounding college football is stronger than ever, and we’re excited to be on the clock,” Carl Adkins, executive director of the Atlanta Football Host Committee, said in a statement. “The countdown clock and digital marquee will be front and center all year long as the city prepares to host the College Football Playoff National Championship.”

The display was unveiled at 11 a.m. and consists of more than 1.5 million individual LED pixels.

It is the work of Innovative Show Design, an Orlando, Fla., scenic and lighting design firm, and will remain in place after the championship game.

“Our building and new digital marquee is unlike any other interactive attraction in the country,” College Football Hall of Fame CEO Dennis Adamovich said. “We are thankful to our generous partner, Chick-fil-A, for making the vision possible and to the College Football Playoff and Atlanta Football Host Committee for giving us the opportunity to host the official countdown clock at the mecca of college football.”

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A phone call from old friend John Hart (and $12.5 million) led Bartolo Colon to the Braves.

Full story here.

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Twenty-five years ago this month, the Falcons traded Brett Favre to Green Bay. Sad but true.

A retrospective.

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The NBA All-Star break begins today for the Hawks — for all except All-Star Paul Millsap, that is — and it’s a needed rest.

Full story here.

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The Hawks are looking to add to their roster by next week’s trade deadline.

Full story here.

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Further reading:

How the Georgia Dome will be emptied and liquidated

A conversation with Hank Aaron

An optimistic case for the Braves: Freeman as MVP, Swanson as ROY

Braves stock surges on Marlins sale news



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