The decision of Major League Baseball to move the All-Star Game from Atlanta, Georgia, is still causing massive backlash from the Peach State.
As reported by the Washington Free Beacon, the responses from small-business owners in the state, including Darrel Anderson, who is black, are very negative. Anderson is the owner of a limousine business in Atlanta and has said to the outlet in a statement that the commissioner of the MLB’s, Rob Mandred, decision to move the game would severely harm the city that is still reeling and attempting to recover from the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
“As the owner of a transportation service in Atlanta, I know firsthand how badly our community wanted the All-Star Game played here,” Anderson stated to the Washington Free Beacon. “The $100 million in revenue to this area was going to be the opportunity for all of us to recover some of the losses that we incurred during the pandemic. Now, not only is that revenue gone, we may lose even more because conventions that were planned for Atlanta are now up in the air thanks to this decision by the MLB.”
Anderson told the Beacon that the MLB needs to rethink its decisions and start to separate sports from politics.
“When Big Business teams up with politicians, they make bad decisions, and small businesses and their hardworking employees suffer the most,” he exclaimed. “Politics should be decided at the ballot box. It has no place in making business decisions like where to hold the All-Star Game.”
President of a small-business advocacy group known as the Job Creators Network, Alfredo Ortiz, also made a statement to the Beacon that he has sent Mandred a letter this past week demanding that he reverse course on his decisions to move the All-Star Game out of state. Ortiz stated that Manfred’s decisions would “have an outsized impact on minority-owned businesses.”
“Your decision is punishing the very group you claim to be defending,” Ortiz told the beacon in a scathing comment. “Small businesses in Georgia are hurting and you pulled a multi-million dollar rug out from underneath them…. Don’t let activist groups weaponize America’s pastime to push radical ideas that MLB fans don’t support.”
President Joe Biden has previously expressed support for the MLB decision as a roundabout kind of punishment for the new GA voting laws that he saw negatively, but later even Biden Acknowledged the consequences of the MLB’s decisions, the Daily Wire reported.
“There’s another side to it too, the other side to it too is when they in fact move out of Georgia, the people who need the help the most, people who are making hourly wages sometimes get hurt the most,” Biden stated at a press conference this past Tuesday. “I think it’s a very tough decision for a corporation to make or group to make. But I respect them when they make that judgment.”