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City Council president: Atlanta hopes to keep Braves

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The Braves say they're leaving Turner Field, but one of Atlanta's top leaders said he's not throwing in the towel yet.

"We haven't shut the door on all possibilities," said City Council President Ceasar Mitchell.

Mitchell is not giving up on the possibility Atlanta could still work out a deal to keep the Braves in the city limits.

"It'll be my position and effort to see if there is any way to keep the Braves here in Atlanta," Mitchell said.

Mayor Kasim Reed and the City Council fought hard to keep the Falcons in Atlanta, offering to chip in hundreds of millions of dollars toward a new stadium through a hotel tax.

When asked why the city could not make a deal with the Braves, Mitchell answered, "We're not going to say it's completely over."

Mitchell said the city will look at various possibilities.

Atlanta stands to lose an enormous sum of money if the Braves move to Cobb County.

A recent study by a Georgia State University economist indicated that the Braves have an economic impact of $100 million a year and generate close to 1,700 jobs.

CBS Atlanta asked the council president how the city would make up for such a huge loss.

"Georgia State has indicated a desire to have a baseball field. They're renting the Georgia Dome for football. They've become a potential partner."

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