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Leadoff: Braves score big in lefty pitching prospect rankings, shut out in top 10 righties
 The Braves are absent from MLB Pipeline’s latest ranking of the game’s top 10 right-handed pitching prospects, which may come as a surprise to fans of, say, Kyle Wright and Mike Soroka. But the Braves are extremely well represented in the same site’s ranking of the top 10 left-handed pitching prospects, with Luiz Gohara...

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The Braves are absent from MLB Pipeline’s latest ranking of the game’s top 10 right-handed pitching prospects, which may come as a surprise to fans of, say, Kyle Wright and Mike Soroka. But the Braves are extremely well represented in the same site’s ranking of the top 10 left-handed pitching prospects, with Luiz Gohara...
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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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: 8 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. ...

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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...

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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...

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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: 10 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...

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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...
How Falcons-Rams playoff game fared in TV ratings locally, nationally
 NBC’s telecast of the Falcons’ playoff victory over the Los Angeles Rams on Saturday night drew a 29.0 rating in the Atlanta TV market, meaning 29 percent of the market’s households watched on average.  That translates to an audience for the Wild Card game of about 700,000 homes in the Atlanta area.  In another...

Posted: 11 days ago

NBC’s telecast of the Falcons’ playoff victory over the Los Angeles Rams on Saturday night drew a 29.0 rating in the Atlanta TV market, meaning 29 percent of the market’s households watched on average.  That translates to an audience for the Wild Card game of about 700,000 homes in the Atlanta area.  In another...
College football’s title game kicks off string of mega-events for Atlanta 
 On a particularly busy day in mid-December, Atlanta Football Host Committee staffers were juggling more meetings than usual.  College Football Playoff officials were in town from Dallas, wrapping up a three-day visit to finalize preparations for the national championship game.  And NFL staffers had arrived from New York, along with...

Posted: 13 days ago

On a particularly busy day in mid-December, Atlanta Football Host Committee staffers were juggling more meetings than usual.  College Football Playoff officials were in town from Dallas, wrapping up a three-day visit to finalize preparations for the national championship game.  And NFL staffers had arrived from New York, along with...
How college football’s biggest game finally landed in Atlanta
 For years, Atlanta sports and tourism boosters have made a strong case for the city as the “Capital of College Football,” citing the passionate fans who live here, the major corporate sponsors based here, the star players recruited from here and the big games played here.  But despite all of that, college football’s...

Posted: 14 days ago

For years, Atlanta sports and tourism boosters have made a strong case for the city as the “Capital of College Football,” citing the passionate fans who live here, the major corporate sponsors based here, the star players recruited from here and the big games played here.  But despite all of that, college football’s...
How would CFP have dealt with a home Falcons playoff game?
 Downtown Atlanta figures to be crowded this weekend, with some 150,000 people expected to attend various events in advance of college football’s national championship game.  Imagine the scene if another huge sports event had been added to the weekend mix downtown: a home playoff game for the Falcons.  “I never like...

Posted: 14 days ago

Downtown Atlanta figures to be crowded this weekend, with some 150,000 people expected to attend various events in advance of college football’s national championship game.  Imagine the scene if another huge sports event had been added to the weekend mix downtown: a home playoff game for the Falcons.  “I never like...
Turning downtown Atlanta into playoff’s ‘Championship Campus’ 
 College Football Playoff officials call it the “Championship Campus,” a compact area in downtown Atlanta where several days of fanfare will precede Monday night’s national title game.  Events in advance of the game  will include a three-day interactive fan festival inside the Georgia World Congress Center, an open-to-the-public...

Posted: 15 days ago

College Football Playoff officials call it the “Championship Campus,” a compact area in downtown Atlanta where several days of fanfare will precede Monday night’s national title game.  Events in advance of the game will include a three-day interactive fan festival inside the Georgia World Congress Center, an open-to-the-public...
One-third of Atlanta homes watched UGA’s win in Rose Bowl
 About one-third of all households in the Atlanta television market watched Georgia’s double-overtime victory over Oklahoma in the Rose Bowl.  The game drew a 33.7 rating in the Atlanta market Monday, according to Nielsen figures provided by ESPN.  Three other markets generated even higher ratings for the game – Birmingham...

Posted: 16 days ago

About one-third of all households in the Atlanta television market watched Georgia’s double-overtime victory over Oklahoma in the Rose Bowl.  The game drew a 33.7 rating in the Atlanta market Monday, according to Nielsen figures provided by ESPN.  Three other markets generated even higher ratings for the game – Birmingham...
Ticket prices continue to soar for UGA’s national title game
 Ticket prices for college football’s national championship game in Atlanta  increased from already lofty levels in the aftermath of the Georgia Bulldogs’ stirring Rose Bowl victory.  With a Georgia-Alabama matchup set for the title game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Monday, the lowest price to get in the building hovered around...

Posted: 16 days ago

Ticket prices for college football’s national championship game in Atlanta increased from already lofty levels in the aftermath of the Georgia Bulldogs’ stirring Rose Bowl victory.  With a Georgia-Alabama matchup set for the title game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Monday, the lowest price to get in the building hovered around...
Rose Bowl primer: Five things to know
 Two wins from a national championship, the Georgia Bulldogs will try to keep their dream season alive Monday against Oklahoma in the Rose Bowl. Here are five things to know about one of the biggest games in UGA football history.  1. When, where, TV  Kickoff of the 104th Rose Bowl is scheduled for 5:10 p.m. (ET) Monday before a sold-out...

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Two wins from a national championship, the Georgia Bulldogs will try to keep their dream season alive Monday against Oklahoma in the Rose Bowl. Here are five things to know about one of the biggest games in UGA football history.  1. When, where, TV  Kickoff of the 104th Rose Bowl is scheduled for 5:10 p.m. (ET) Monday before a sold-out...
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