Major League Baseball (MLB) has announced that it will move the Atlanta All-Star game in response to Republican voter suppression laws.
The Atlanta Journal Constitution reported:
“I’ve decided that the best way to demonstrate our values as a sport is to reschedule this year’s All-Star game,” MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement.
The urge to move the game gained momentum after several large corporations condemned the electoral law and President Joe Biden said he would “strongly support” the relocation of the event.
MLB All-Star Games have been valued at $ 60 million to $ 89 million for the state and local economies over the past five years. Losing the game is a major economic blow to Georgia, which, like other states, is struggling to recover economically during the pandemic.
Companies like Coca-Cola and Delta are pressuring Republicans to change the law. Georgia Republicans were slammed straight to the wallet. Your decision to get rid of Jim Crow 2.0 is likely to cost the state hundreds of millions of dollars in economic activity.
Republicans will pay for trying to rig future elections, and their racist electoral repression laws will now provide their democratic opponents with a real economic cost argument for the coming elections.
Georgia Republicans followed Trump’s big lie, and now they are going to pay a heavy price.
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Mr. Easley is the Founder / Senior Editor, White House Press Pool, and a Congressional Correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a bachelor’s degree in political science. His thesis focused on public order with a specialization in social reform movements.
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Member of the Society of Professional Journalists and the American Political Science Association