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Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) drops back to pass in the first half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, if you are wagering that sports betting may soon be legal in Georgia, your odds of being correct have just gotten better.

The Atlanta Hawks, the Braves, Atlanta United and the Falcons have joined forces to push the legislature to make it legal. Our panel weighs in on how the battle is likely to unfold in the upcoming session.

 


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After the Atlanta Braves suffered a brutal 13-1 defeat against the Saint Louis Cardinals Wednesday, Atlanta sports fans are praying for redemption this weekend, as Atlanta United heads into their playoffs against the New England Revolution on Saturday.

Sports fans often ride the emotional rollercoaster of a game right along with the players on the field — cringing at every missed catch and cheering every winning goal.


This week held playoffs for both the Braves and Atlanta United, but for the fans it is not only about wins and losses. On Second Thought delves into the psychology of Atlanta fandom with psychiatrist and researcher, Dr. Seth Norrholm.


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The St. Louis Cardinals turned the diamond into a giant pinball machine, dinging hits all over SunTrust Park.

 

By the time the Atlanta Braves finally got the third out, it was the most productive first inning in postseason history.

 

The Cardinals scored 10 runs their first time up and dealt Atlanta another playoff heartbreak, routing the Braves 13-1 in decisive Game 5 of the NL Division Series on Wednesday.

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Through injuries and slumps, demotions and disappointments, Dansby Swanson and Adam Duvall got ready for the big moment.

 

When it arrived, they were ready.

 

Swanson hit a tying double with two outs in the ninth inning and Duvall delivered a two-run single as the Atlanta Braves rallied past the St. Louis Cardinals 3-1 on Sunday to take a 2-1 lead in the NL Division Series.

 

 


Atlanta Braves bullpen pitchers celebrate after clinching the NL East baseball title with a victory over the San Francisco Giants, Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, in Atlanta.
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The Atlanta Braves are making back to back postseason trips for the first time since the 2012-13 seasons. First pitch of this year’s run for the World Series is at 5:02 p.m. in the friendly confines of SunTrust Park.  

Atlanta finished with 97 wins this season, its most since winning 101 in 2003. The team will try to exorcise its postseason demons.


Atlanta Braves bullpen pitchers celebrate after clinching the NL East baseball title with a victory over the San Francisco Giants, Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, in Atlanta.
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Freddie Freeman didn't care that his eyes kept tearing up from all the beer and champagne soakings.

It seemed like every teammate stopped by to blast him, and he loved every minute of it.

"This is the first step of hopefully a few celebrations to come," he said with a big, wet smile. "We're excited. We've got a really good ballclub. We're just getting started."

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Atlanta is welcoming Hurricane Dorian evacuees with open arms, camping spaces and America’s favorite pastime.

News outlets say Atlanta Motor Speedway and the Atlanta Braves are offering free services to residents from mandatory evacuation areas throughout Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina.

Atlanta Braves catcher Francisco Cervelli gestures toward the dugout during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the New York Mets, Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, in New York.
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Just about every newcomer to the Atlanta Braves has made an immediate impact lately. 

 

 

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Saturday morning, 44 baseball prospects from around the country will take the field at SunTrust Park as part of the first ever Hank Aaron Invitational showcase game. 

 

The event is part of a week long celebration of the Braves’ legend, known as Hank Aaron Week.

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"The Freeze" is a welcome diversion at sweltering Atlanta Braves games. Wearing a full body leotard, the sprinting mascot races fans between innings of Atlanta's major league baseball games. He gives fans a giant headstart while managing to win ⁠— most of the time. 

One of the faces behind the mask this year is Durran Dunn. Dunn is a Jamaican sprinter who's competed in track and field championships around the world while representing the U.S. and Jamaica. On Second Thought producer La'Raven Taylor managed to catch up with Dunn and brought back this audio postcard.


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The metro-Atlanta region has landed another major sporting event.

Major League Baseball announced Wednesday, SunTrust Park and the Atlanta Braves will host the 2021 All-Star game.

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All-Star second baseman Ozzie Albies and the Atlanta Braves have agreed to a $35 million, seven-year contract, a deal that includes team options for 2026 and '27.

The agreement announced Thursday supersedes a one-year contract signed last month that called for a $575,000 salary in the major leagues — $20,000 above the minimum.

Ross Terrell / GPB News

Across the country, hundreds of thousands of fans will make their way to ballparks for Opening Day of the Major League Baseball season.

For the Atlanta Braves, their NL East title defense starts with a three-game series up north against the Philadelphia Phillies.  


Ross Terrell / GPB News

SunTrust Park opened in the Spring of 2017. It doesn’t yet have two full seasons of Atlanta Braves baseball, but the Cobb County Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday released a fiscal impact study of the stadium and surrounding areas.


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Atlanta sports fans, rejoice. The Braves are leading the National League - East by four games. Atlanta United continues to dominate the Eastern Conference in Major League Soccer, and landed six of its players on the all star game roster for this year. Plus, the Atlanta Dream is ranked third in the Eastern Conference of the WNBA, despite a close loss to the Chicago Sky on June 27.


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Former Braves GM Coppolella Apologizes For Rule Violations

Dec 5, 2017
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Former Atlanta Braves general manager John Coppolella has apologized for rules violations that led to him being banned from baseball for life, saying he's "disgraced and humbled" by his actions.

In his first statement since losing his job and receiving the harshest sanctions Major League Baseball can dole out, Coppolella said Tuesday he felt like he needed "to address what happened and speak to those affected."

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John Coppolella was forced to resign as Braves general manager Monday after an investigation by Major League Baseball revealed serious rules violations in the international player market.

Gordon Blakeley, a special assistant to the GM who was the team's international scouting chief, also has resigned.

Braves president John Hart will take over GM duties while the team searches for a full-time replacement.

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The Gwinnett Braves could soon be the Buttons. Or the Big Mouths. Or the Lambchops.

Those are some of the choices in an online vote for a new name for the Atlanta Braves’ largest minor league affiliate.

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The Braves — The Gwinnett Braves, that is — are changing their name. And they want your submissions for name ideas. We discuss what’s behind the rebranding, and how it’s supposed to help the minor league team grow its fan base, with Sunny Mehta, Director of Clyde Group Sports; and Joel Feldman, an Atlanta-based attorney who focuses on sports branding.

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On Friday April 14, GPB Atlanta broadcasted “All Things Considered” live from SunTrust Park, the Atlanta Braves' new baseball stadium in Cobb County.

It was the first home game of the season for the Braves and the first time fans would experience the new $1.1 billion stadium complex.

In the show we’ll take a look at important moments in Braves history, at the mixed-use development around SunTrust Park called “The Battery” and, of course - talk about traffic.

Stephen Fowler, GPB News

The Atlanta Braves are saying there’s more to their new stadium than hot dogs and beer.

The team hopes a 50-acre development surrounding SunTrust Park will keep fans engaged and keep them coming back year-round.

Alex Sanz / AP Photo

One of the biggest questions metro Atlantans have had about the opening of SunTrust Park is traffic.

The new 42,000 seat stadium sits at the intersection of two major interstates – I-285 and I-75.

But local officials say they’re prepared.

Rickey Bevington

When the Atlanta Braves announced their move to the suburbs in 2013, some skeptics foresaw an exodus of residents fleeing game day traffic and crowds.

Four years later, Cobb County home sales are outpacing other metro counties.  

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