Originally created 05/15/04

Investor says group wants Braves



ATLANTA -- A man whose company has tried to move the Montreal Expos to Puerto Rico says his group now is interested in acquiring the Atlanta Braves.

Charles Vaughn, an Atlanta-based investor who helped form SportSouth USA, said Time Warner Inc., the Braves' owner, has not yet been contacted.

"Our firm would like to get involved with the Braves," Vaughn said Friday. "We are going on the offensive.

"We are just going to approach them and see," Vaughn said, adding that his group would keep the team in Atlanta.

Braves spokesman Greg Hughes said Friday he was not aware of any effort to purchase the team.

When Time Warner announced the proposed sale of the NBA's Atlanta Hawks and the NHL's Atlanta Thrashers last Sept. 16, Turner Broadcasting vice chairman Terry McGuirk said there no longer was "an ongoing marketing plan to sell" the Braves. McGuirk now is chairman and president of the Braves.

"As with any public company, anything is for sale," McGuirk said last year. "But I think there is a growing satisfaction with how the Braves are going."