Turner Field, Atlanta

FROM THE DESK OF THE MANAGING EDITOR — It’s a phrase usually saved for the grocery store, but since Monday I’ve been hearing it from every direction: shelf life.

In the past 48 hours I’ve had half-a-dozen people corner me, conjure up their best David Frost inquisitor voice (I picked him because he’s my favorite journalist) and asked me the loaded missive: “What is the average shelf life of a venue?”

Why do they care? Be...

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