ATLANTA -- "My taxpayers aren't backstopping a $1.2 million stadium, we're not funding 45% of a public project," Mayor Reed told reporters on Thursday.
Mayor Reed said the Braves deal in Atlanta would be nothing like the deal in Cobb County. And he thinks Atlanta tax payers would not support the same deal that the Braves made in Cobb County. However, in an exclusive poll conducted by 11Alive News -- taxpayers say otherwise.
"I think the numbers are wrong and I doubt that the poll is a scientific poll," Mayor Reed told 11Alive News, after Jeff Hullinger presented Reed with our exclusive poll results.
According to Reed, "70% of the people in Atlanta would oppose public funding of a new Braves facility if the city of Atlanta had to backstop the debt."
When asked which team, Falcons or Braves, he would he opt for, Reed told Hullinger, "it's not a close decision."
Reed says the city stands to earn $250 million to $300 million, in addition to, the ability to balance the city's budget with the Falcons deal. And that the Braves deal would cause the City of Atlanta to go into a precipitous debt -- he even used the term "broke."
The mayor thinks the Falcons deal is "healthy." And he stands behind the decision saying his first term has been about "business progress," which he thinks is apparent in the Falcons deal.
COMPLETE COVERAGE OF BRAVES MOVING:
* Exclusive: Ted Turner doesn't want Braves to leave Atlanta
* Reed: 'My taxpayers aren't backstopping a $1.2M stadium'
* Ex-Brave John Rocker: Who wants to fight crime on way to ballpark?
* Exclusive Poll: Atlantans OK with Braves move to Cobb
* New drawings released of new Braves stadium
* Cobb County releases memorandum of understanding on Braves Stadium deal
* Pro/con campaigns on Braves move target voters
* Millions paid for land near stadium days before Braves bombshell
* Robb Pitts: Braves move may open opportunities for ATL
* Deal meets with Reed, Braves to discuss team's departure
* Cobb still mum on taxpayers' share for new Braves stadium
* Turner Field to be demolished after Braves leave
* Fulton chairman: Keep the Braves in Fulton County
* Turner Field neighbors fear "ghost town" if Braves leave, while Cobb County neighbors jumping for joy
* Tom Glavine says he's happy about the possible move
* Braves officials discuss new stadium during press conference
* Braves president Schuerholz announces new stadium
* How old is Turner Field?
* Historic moments at Turner Field