This past Monday, Major League Baseball has been slammed with a lawsuit by a small business advocacy group as a result of their decision to pull support for the 2021 All-star Game being hosted in Atlanta, Georgia.
Job Creators Network, the small business advocacy group mentioned earlier, is suiting the MLB, Commissioner Rob Manfred, MLB’s player’s union, and union executive director Tony Clark through the federal court system in New York. This takes place almost two months after Manfred announced that the MLB was taking part in the misplaced boycotting of Georgia due to misplaced anger about Georgia’s election reform. The kneejerk reaction from the MLB happened just days following President Joe Biden endorsing other corporations, along with the league, to try and force its will onto Georgia politics through bullying tactics.
“MLB robbed the small businesses of Atlanta – many of them minority-owned – of $100 million, we want the game back where it belongs,” stated Alfredo Ortiz, the Job Creators Network President and CEO, in a release. “This was a knee-jerk, hypocritical, and illegal reaction to misinformation about Georgia’s new voting law which includes Voter-ID. Major League Baseball itself requests ID at will-call ticket windows at Yankee Stadium in New York, Busch Stadium in St. Louis, and at ballparks all across the country.”
“Small businesses in this community had valid contracts relating to the All-Star Game and other events, the result of two years of planning and all that was ripped away by fear and misinformation spewed by political activists. Many states, including Colorado where the game has been moved, have similar or more restrictive election laws,” he stated. “This move essentially tells fans of teams in many other cities that they can never again host the All-Star Game; it’s hypocritical, illegal, and we won’t stand for it.”
Back on April 2, Commissioner Manfred issued the announcement that the MLB would be moving its 2021 all-star game and its associated draft out of the city of Atlanta in the wake of the state’s new voting reform laws. They announced the new host city to be Denver.
“Over the last week, we have engaged in thoughtful conversations with Clubs, former and current players, the Players Association, and The Players Alliance, among others, to listen to their views,” Manfred stated, during his announcement of the Georgia Boycott. “I have decided that the best way to demonstrate our values as a sport is by relocating this year’s All-Star Game and MLB Draft.”
The whole boycott sprung up in the wake of a group of prominent Democrats pushing a completely false narrative about the new reforms such as stating that the changed restricted voting access for Georgians. This false claim was then parrotted by President Biden himself along with failed Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams.
Brian Kemp, Georgia Governor, issued a scathing statement towards the MLB for its knee-jerk reactions during an interview with Fox News in April.
“It’s unfortunate that Major League Baseball has caved to the cancel culture, and quite honestly, President Biden and Stacey Abrams and a lot of other people are simply lying about this bill to pressure these organizations,” Kemp stated. “This is just a cancel culture, and I’ll tell you, the people at home should be scared because their ballgame is next, their business will be next, their way of life will be next. It is time to stand up and fight this and say, ‘look, we’re not going to take this anymore.’ It’s ridiculous.”