Arthur Blank (center) receives a high five from fans after announcing that a new MLS team will be coming to Atlanta. Accompanying Blank are MLS Commissioner Dan Garber (left) and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed (walking behind Garber and Blank).
Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank announced today that he will be the owner of a Major League Soccer expansion franchise team being awarded to Atlanta. The new team, yet to be given a name and a logo, will play in the new Atlanta Falcons stadium beginning in 2017.
Blank made the announcement Wednesday afternoon flanked by Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber, and Georgia World Congress Center Authority executive director Frank Poe. MLS streamed the announcement live (video below):
On or around April 16, 2014, Major League Soccer is expected to announce that Atlanta will be awarded an expansion franchise, to begin play in 2017 in the new Atlanta Falcons stadium. Falcons owner Arthur Blank is the major force behind the courtship of MLS. But Atlanta has had big-league soccer franchises before, including two bearing the name the Atlanta Chiefs, and two versions of the Atlanta Beat women's team.
Originally published on Sun April 6, 2014 12:46 am
Eighth-seeded Kentucky will face seventh-seeded UConn in an unlikely NCAA title matchup Monday with the highest combined rankings in tournament history. Neither team was even in the tournament last year.
UConn roared past Florida, the tournament's overall No. 1 seed, and Kentucky pulled off a one-point thriller in the final seconds over second-seeded Wisconsin.
Tuesday is April 8. If we were to turn Atlanta's clock back 40 years to that date in 1974, we'd witness one of the great moments in baseball history.
Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves hits his 715th career home run, eclipsing a record that had been held by Babe Ruth since 1935. Recently, Georgia State University Associate Professor of History Dr. Clifford Kuhn revisited the event with WABE's Steve Goss.
For many decades, baseball had a reserve clause, which essentially tied a baseball player to a franchise in perpetuity. The statute fell into legal jeopardy, and a few wise men amongst the owners said, maybe we ought to toss these players a bone, before we blow the whole scam.
But the owners were arrogant and stood pat, and, soon enough, the reserve clause, kit and caboodle, was outlawed as, essentially, un-American.
Tiger Woods' quest to win another of golf's "major" tournaments has been put on hold.
Woods announced on his website Tuesday morning that "he has undergone a successful microdiscectomy for a pinched nerve that has been hurting him for several months. The surgery was performed Monday in Park City, Utah, by neurosurgeon Dr. Charles Rich."
The Atlanta Braves will begin their 2014 regular season on Monday, already hampered by injuries. The pitching staff has lost starters Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy to Tommy John surgery for the entire year, while injuries and surgery will delay the start of the season for Mike Minor, Gavin Floyd, and Jonny Venters.
So, who's left? That's a question WABE's Steve Goss posed to I.J. Rosenberg, president of the weekly sports page, Score Atlanta, and former long-time Braves beat writer for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution...
In this photo from Mercer's basketball website, point guard Langston Hall (a Chamblee High School graduate) celebrates during Mercer's 78-71 upset win over Duke in the 2014 NCAA men's basketball tournament.
The latest upset in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament has a Georgia connection.
This afternoon Macon’s Mercer University upset perennial powerhouse Duke University: 78-to-71.
More than 300 Mercer students made the trip to Raleigh, NC, for the game.
Sophomore Thomas Hannah is one of the “Mercer Maniacs,” a group of Mercer super-fans. He spoke to WABE just moments after the Bears’ win, telling us, “It’s hard to put into words what feeling we have right now. Just the school spirit, the pride, the excitement: everything is just incredible.”
Surely, "hustle" is the single most beloved word associated with sport. As color is to rainbows, as chocolate to the palate, as sweet nothings to love, hustle is to sport.
Hear it now:
Hustle up! Hustle down the line! Show us more hustle!
And oh, my, how often are you gonna hear this in the weeks ahead during March Madness: They gotta hustle back on defense. That, apparently, is the only way human beings can properly get back on defense.
Originally published on Wed March 19, 2014 10:45 am
The odds are that somebody in your office or shop is trying to get you to toss a few bucks into the pool and fill out the brackets for this year's NCAA men's basketball tournament, which gets underway tonight. Fans of the women's championship might also be after you.
Today marks the 80th birthday of one of the Atlanta Braves most famous baseball players, Hank Aaron. From 1954 to 1976, he played as an outfielder for the Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves as well as the Milwaukee Brewers.
Aaron still holds many baseball records, including runs batted in, extra base hits and total bases. However, he is probably best remembered for breaking Babe Ruth’s home run record back in on April 8th, 1974.
Former Atlanta Braves owner Ted Turner, whom the current Turner Field is named after, says he hopes the Braves, “will be happy in their new location and continue their winning ways.” Also in his statement, Turner has not been involved with the team’s decision making since 2001.
Fans flocked to the Georgia Dome Sunday for the Atlanta Falcons’ first home game, and with that came the big roll out of the NFL’s new rules on bags.
The policy officially began during preseason, but Sunday was the first time the majority of fans encountered the new rules requiring all bags larger than a hand purse be clear and 12-by-12-by-6 inches or smaller.
Season ticket holder Gina DeFazio said she received an email about the new rules and a free bag in the mail, courtesy of being a season ticket holder.