ATLANTA — Atlanta's city council is urging the mayor to conduct more negotiations with the Atlanta Braves in an 11th-hour bid to keep the team in the city.
The council on Monday voted 11-2 to approve a resolution urging Mayor Kasim Reed to resume negotiations with the Braves on its lease at Turner Field. WSB-TV reports that the resolution is not binding, but Councilman Michael Julian Bond says it sends a message that the city doesn't want to lose the Braves.
The team last week surprised fans by announcing that it would move to a new stadium being planned at a suburban site in Cobb County. The deal calls for the Braves to fund 55 percent of the project's cost with public funds being used to cover the remaining 45 percent.