TURNER EXEC SPEAKS ON THE FUTURE OF THE BRAVES ON TBS
The Braves "probably will be severed from their national
audience" on TBS in '97, according to TBS President William
Burke. Burke told Michael Starr of the N.Y. POST that if the
Time-Warner-TBS merger is approved, TBS will lose its
superstation status, and with it Braves cable rights. MLB "has
indicated it would then air Braves telecasts on ESPN." Burke:
"As we move into this new status, we have to renegotiate with
Major League Baseball, and those conversations are on-going.
[MLB] seems to be in the mindset that they're not going to want
the Braves as a TBS Superstation team. But none of this will
happen before the next season is over" (N.Y. POST, 1/25).