Tim Tucker

Tim Tucker covers stories at the intersection of sports and business as well as assisting in coverage of University of Georgia and SEC sports and major Atlanta sporting events. He has been on the AJC staff for more than three decades and has covered a wide range of sports beats, including the Braves and UGA.

Latest from Tim Tucker

Braves set date for start of single-game ticket sales
 The Braves will put single-game tickets for the 2018 season on sale starting Jan. 26, the team announced. That’s the day before the start of Chop Fest, a two-day fan festival at SunTrust Park and The Battery Atlanta on Jan. 27-28.  The Braves also said a discounted four-game ticket package will be available Jan. 26-28...

Posted: 2 hours ago

The Braves will put single-game tickets for the 2018 season on sale starting Jan. 26, the team announced. That’s the day before the start of Chop Fest, a two-day fan festival at SunTrust Park and The Battery Atlanta on Jan. 27-28.  The Braves also said a discounted four-game ticket package will be available Jan. 26-28...
Leadoff: What new Braves GM said about Acuna, third base, 2018 season
 While most folks around here were still dissecting the Falcons’ and Bulldogs’ season-ending losses,  MLB Network Radio was talking baseball, of course. And if you missed it, Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos made an appearance there Sunday.  Here are Leadoff’s takeaways after listening to a recording of the interview...

Posted: 20 hours ago

While most folks around here were still dissecting the Falcons’ and Bulldogs’ season-ending losses, MLB Network Radio was talking baseball, of course. And if you missed it, Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos made an appearance there Sunday.  Here are Leadoff’s takeaways after listening to a recording of the interview...
Leadoff: Falcons’ playoff TV rating down in Atlanta from same round last year
 The much-documented decline in  NFL television ratings was reflected in the Atlanta market for the Falcons’ playoff game against Philadelphia.  The Falcons-Eagles NFC Divisional playoff game Saturday posted a 29.3 rating in the Atlanta TV market, down from a 35.0 rating here for the Falcons’ game against Seattle...

Posted: a day ago

The much-documented decline in NFL television ratings was reflected in the Atlanta market for the Falcons’ playoff game against Philadelphia.  The Falcons-Eagles NFC Divisional playoff game Saturday posted a 29.3 rating in the Atlanta TV market, down from a 35.0 rating here for the Falcons’ game against Seattle...
How Atlanta, Philly compared in TV ratings for Falcons-Eagles
 Philadelphia topped Atlanta in the TV ratings for the Falcons-Eagles playoff game Saturday.  NBC’s telecast of the game drew a 37.8 Nielsen rating in the Philadelphia TV market, compared to 29.3 in the Atlanta market.  The rating is the percentage of the market’s households that watched the game on average.  As...

Posted: 3 days ago

Philadelphia topped Atlanta in the TV ratings for the Falcons-Eagles playoff game Saturday.  NBC’s telecast of the game drew a 37.8 Nielsen rating in the Philadelphia TV market, compared to 29.3 in the Atlanta market.  The rating is the percentage of the market’s households that watched the game on average.  As...
LEADOFF: What they’re saying about Falcons-Eagles playoff 
 Good morning. This is LEADOFF, today’s early buzz in Atlanta sports.  On the eve of the Falcons-Eagles playoff game in Philadelphia, here’s a sampling of insights into the matchup . . .  NFL.com laments that Carson Wentz’s knee injury robbed this game of a Wentz-Matt Ryan clash and calls Nick Foles-vs.-Ryan possibly...

Posted: 5 days ago

Good morning. This is LEADOFF, today’s early buzz in Atlanta sports.  On the eve of the Falcons-Eagles playoff game in Philadelphia, here’s a sampling of insights into the matchup . . .  NFL.com laments that Carson Wentz’s knee injury robbed this game of a Wentz-Matt Ryan clash and calls Nick Foles-vs.-Ryan possibly...
LEADOFF: Atlanta host committee set to turn focus to Super Bowl
 Good morning. This is LEADOFF, today’s early look inside Atlanta sports.  In an Atlanta hotel ballroom Tuesday morning, officials with the Atlanta Football Host Committee participated in a ceremonial handoff of responsibilities to  the Bay Area Host Committee, which will guide  next season’s college football national...

Posted: 6 days ago

Good morning. This is LEADOFF, today’s early look inside Atlanta sports.  In an Atlanta hotel ballroom Tuesday morning, officials with the Atlanta Football Host Committee participated in a ceremonial handoff of responsibilities to the Bay Area Host Committee, which will guide  next season’s college football national...
More than 1 million Atlanta homes watched UGA-Bama
 More than 1 million households in the Atlanta TV market watched Alabama defeat Georgia in college football’s national championship game Monday night.  The game posted a 47.8 rating in the Atlanta market, meaning 47.8 percent of the market’s 2.41 million TV homes -- or about 1.15 million homes -- watched on average. ...

Posted: 8 days ago

More than 1 million households in the Atlanta TV market watched Alabama defeat Georgia in college football’s national championship game Monday night.  The game posted a 47.8 rating in the Atlanta market, meaning 47.8 percent of the market’s 2.41 million TV homes -- or about 1.15 million homes -- watched on average. ...
College Football Playoff apologizes to fans for long waits at gates
 The College Football Playoff’s top executive apologized Tuesday to fans for the long waits to get into Mercedes-Benz Stadium at Monday night’s national championship game.  CFP executive director Bill Hancock attributed the delays at the gates, which some fans said were as long as two hours, to increased security associated...

Posted: 8 days ago

The College Football Playoff’s top executive apologized Tuesday to fans for the long waits to get into Mercedes-Benz Stadium at Monday night’s national championship game.  CFP executive director Bill Hancock attributed the delays at the gates, which some fans said were as long as two hours, to increased security associated...
Alabama claims another national title with OT win over Georgia
 The Georgia Bulldogs’ dreams of their first national championship since the 1980 season ended Monday night with a 26-23 overtime loss to Alabama at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.  Georgia led 20-7 midway through the third quarter, but Alabama – sparked by freshman quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who took over for starter Jalen Hurts...

Posted: 8 days ago

The Georgia Bulldogs’ dreams of their first national championship since the 1980 season ended Monday night with a 26-23 overtime loss to Alabama at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.  Georgia led 20-7 midway through the third quarter, but Alabama – sparked by freshman quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who took over for starter Jalen Hurts...
Mercedes-Benz roof leaking before championship game
 The problematic roof of Mercedes-Benz Stadium was leaking in one spot about 90 minutes before Monday night’s national championship game. “It’s dripping,” Mercedes-Benz Stadium general manager Scott Jenkins confirmed. A slight stream of rain water was falling on the field near the 25-yard line. It was on the end...

Posted: 8 days ago

The problematic roof of Mercedes-Benz Stadium was leaking in one spot about 90 minutes before Monday night’s national championship game. “It’s dripping,” Mercedes-Benz Stadium general manager Scott Jenkins confirmed. A slight stream of rain water was falling on the field near the 25-yard line. It was on the end...
LIVE UPDATES: Georgia vs. Alabama for national championship
 Georgia and Alabama meet in the  College Football Playoff Championship game at 8 p.m.  at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. The No. 3-seeded Bulldogs (13-1) earned a spot in the game by defeating Oklahoma in the Rose Bowl. The Crimson Tide (12-1) won the Sugar Bowl over Clemson to reach the title game. --- 8:18 p.m.: A crowd of 75,000-plus...

Posted: 9 days ago

Georgia and Alabama meet in the College Football Playoff Championship game at 8 p.m. at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. The No. 3-seeded Bulldogs (13-1) earned a spot in the game by defeating Oklahoma in the Rose Bowl. The Crimson Tide (12-1) won the Sugar Bowl over Clemson to reach the title game. --- 8:18 p.m.: A crowd of 75,000-plus...