Both sides pack Cobb public hearings on Braves deal

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COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Monday was a day of dueling rallies for and against Tuesday night's vote on a Cobb County deal with the Atlanta Braves.

The Chamber of Commerce brought several people wearing t-shirts and waving tomahawks to a morning rally on the Marietta square and to afternoon and evening public meetings.

Claiming to represent 7,500 businesses, they predict a new $672-million Braves stadium near I-75 and I-285 will mean thousands of jobs and millions in local revenue and tax income.

They also think any delay of Tuesday night's Cobb County Commission vote could be dangerous.

"Delaying puts the construction timeline and opening day schedule in jeopardy," said Chamber President Greg Morgan.

Meanwhile, opponents of the deal rallied with a bi-partisan coalition urging commissioners to at least delay the vote 60 days.

They want people to have more time to study and digest Cobb's commitment to provide $300-million for the stadium.

"The proposal may be the best things since sliced bread, but nobody has time to figure that out and it's very highly suspicious when things are rammed through in two weeks time," said Rich Pellegrino of Citizens for Transparency in Government.

Commission Chairman Tim Lee, who refused to postpone the vote, originally predicted it would be unanimous.

As of now, he has the support of 2 commissioners, which could mean a 3 to 2 victory.

Commissioners Bob Ott and Lisa Cupid say they are still undecided.

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