Divorce Battle Centers Around Great Atlanta Braves Tickets

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From WMGT.com

A divorced couple is feuding over tickets to see the Atlanta Braves. A psychologist H. Elizabeth King accuses her ex-husband, lawyer Charles Center, of breaking their 2002 divorce agreement to divide the four tickets they had shared behind home plate.

The Atlanta couple owned tickets to 82 home games in a three-way partnership with other baseball fans. Every year King and Center had four tickets to 27 games. When they divorced, he agreed to take the first home game every year. Then each would get four tickets to 13 games.

After one of the partners died last year, King's ownership increased to a full third: 27 games. The 82 season tickets are still in her ex's name, and he has been in charge of dispensing them to the partners.

The couple hardly looked at each other during a court hearing yesterday. King testified that Center had gone out of his way this year to give her tickets to games that conflicted with her schedule. And she claimed 80 percent of the tickets he gave her were for day games implying he'd done it because he knows she has skin cancer.

Tango’s Take
“All’s fair in love and war, Timmy.” This is despicable though. How dare they bring America’s pastime into their messy, post-divorce squabbling? The article misses one small point: baseball has only 81 regular season home games. That’s beside the main point—baseball in general and the Atlanta Braves in particular should not be used as pawns in a battle between feuding exes. The game was tarnished enough with Pete Rose’s gambling and the whole steroid brouhaha. It does seem a little specious though, that this woman who is “recovering from skin cancer” gets a lot of day tickets. The source article goes on to mention that the legal fees have grown larger than the cost of the tickets—clearly they don’t understand baseball. Hopefully, the judge will have a sense of humor and order the exes to go to fantasy baseball camp together or each get two tickets to every game.

In other divorce news, Maya Polsky was awarded $184 million in her divorce proceedings with energy magnate Michael Polsky. She could buy plenty of Braves’ tickets with that kind of moolah. Michael Polsky plans on appealing. This is the largest ever US divorce settlement. We mentioned the largest divorce in UK history in the Dish on May 25th. Michael Jordan’s wife Juanita got a pretty substantial pay-out from her divorce from the basketball legend (roughly $150 million).

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