"MLB taking a stand against Georgia's voting rights restrictions"
I am surprised and impressed MLB decided to do this since I'm sure there will be fans that'll be upset the league decided to take a stand on this issue. I don't like watching baseball, but much respect for those that wanted to show their displeasure on this issue.
MLB moves All-Star Game out of Atlanta Braves' stadium due to Georgia's voter restriction law Nick Bromberg Nick Bromberg Fri, April 2, 2021, 2:58 PM·3 min read
The 2021 MLB All-Star Game won't be in Georgia.
Major League Baseball announced Friday afternoon that the game would be moving out of the Atlanta Braves' Truist Park because of the state's new law that restricts voting rights. The draft is also being moved out of Georgia.
Commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement that "the best way to demonstrate our values as a sport is by relocating this year's All-Star Game and MLB draft."
You can read Manfred's statement in its entirety below. No replacement location was immediately announced.
“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," commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement. "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."
“Major League Baseball fundamentally supports voting rights for all Americans and opposes restrictions to the ballot box. In 2020, MLB became the first professional sports league to join the non-partisan Civic Alliance to help build a future in which everyone participates in shaping the United States. We proudly used our platform to encourage baseball fans and communities throughout our country to perform their civic duty and actively participate in the voting process. Fair access to voting continues to have our game’s unwavering support."
“We will continue with our plans to celebrate the memory of Hank Aaron during this season’s All-Star festivities. In addition, MLB’s planned investments to support local communities in Atlanta as part of our All-Star Legacy Projects will move forward. We are finalizing a new host city and details about these events will be announced shortly.”
Georgia lawmakers feeling corporate pressure
Baseball's move comes after corporations have spoken out against Georgia's new law that severely curtails voting access across the state and even makes it impermissible to provide food and water to voters waiting in line. The bill was passed by Georgia's Republican-majority state legislature and signed by Republican Gov. Brian Kemp and was introduced in the wake of Democratic wins in November and January runoff elections.
Atlanta-based companies Coca-Cola, Delta, and Home Depot had come out against the law publicly earlier in the week. The CEO of Delta said in a company memo obtained by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the law was "unacceptable" and "based on a lie" that widespread voter fraud impacted the outcome of the statewide elections in Georgia.
Evidence of voter fraud has not been substantiated and multiple recounts of President Joe Biden's November win in the state were conducted. All-Star Game awarded to Truist Park in 2019
Atlanta has been prepping to host the 2021 All-Star Game since it was awarded to the city and Truist Park in 2019. The game was given to Atlanta after the opening of Truist Park — formerly SunTrust Park — ahead of the 2017 season. The Braves' new stadium replaced Turner Field.
Truist Park is located in an unincorporated area of Cobb County northwest of downtown Atlanta. Turner Field, now the home of Georgia State's football team, is located in Fulton County in Atlanta. NBA All-Star Game once moved out of Charlotte
Baseball's move of its All-Star Game is not unprecedented. The NBA moved its 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte after North Carolina passed a law that limited discrimination protections against LGBTQ people and, namely, forced transgender people to use the bathroom that corresponded with the sex on their birth certificates.
The game was ultimately played in Charlotte in 2019 after parts of the law — including the bathroom provision — were repealed in 2017 after public pressure.
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2. "take away a meaningless baseball game, that’ll show em" In response to Reply # 0
The faux sensitive posture of these massive corporations is getting laughable now
Say some generic shit like the voter laws will disproportionately work against people of color, then move the game away from a stadium where hundreds of people of color working at the stadium and surrounding parts would’ve benefitted from an extra week of paydays
Cracks me up
Amazon all Feb long is like BLACK HISTORY MONTH! Meanwhile Amazon’s fighting tooth and nail to prevent mostly Black workers from unionizing in Alabama.
Billion dollar enterprises don’t give a single fuck about the people who are most affected by unfair policies and social biases , they care about how they’ll be perceived for their inaction. It’s hilarious.
5. "Except stuff like this is why NC didn’t do the “bathroom law”" In response to Reply # 2
A bunch of artists refused to perform in NC and the NBA and NCAA moved events out of the state as well. The state eventually didn’t go through with the law because it was going to cost them billions in tax revenue. It worked, regardless of how righteous those people or organizations actually were. After the bill was cancelled the NBA and NCAA went back. The MLB will do the same if this law doesn’t go through.
>Amazon all Feb long is like BLACK HISTORY MONTH! Meanwhile >Amazon’s fighting tooth and nail to prevent mostly Black >workers from unionizing in Alabama.
Agreed, but that example doesn’t fit this. If MLB was secretly fighting against voters’ rights while posturing with this move, you’d have a point.
> >Billion dollar enterprises don’t give a single fuck about >the people who are most affected by unfair policies and social >biases , they care about how they’ll be perceived for their >inaction. It’s hilarious.
The move doesn’t have to be virtuous in order for it to be effective. I refuse to praise any organization that takes a stand just cause they did a “cost-benefit analysis” of how many fans they would lose either way, but I do recognize the effectiveness of these boycotts.