The MLB is upset with Georgia lawmakers and they are making it known. Friday concluded an upsetting situation that has civil rights groups concerned about voter suppression.
The MLB, a league that typically keeps itself out of the limelight, is taking its first firm stance in decades. The removal of the All-Star Game and its entire weekend (including the MLB Draft) is a big blow to Atlanta.
This is a serious step in the right direction for baseball. Furthermore, this move is a surprisingly progressive one for a league that has been stuck in the ’80s for far too long. While the Braves are not at fault here, they did express their sadness about losing the game and the draft.
In a statement, the Atlanta Braves said, “This was neither our decision, nor our recommendation and we are saddened that fans will not be able to see this event in our city.”
Regarding the voter suppression issue, they said, “The Braves organization will continue to stress the importance of equal voting opportunities and we had hoped our city could use this event as a platform to enhance the discussion.”
The World Reacts To Baseball’s Decision Amid Voter Suppression Concerns
A fair amount of civil rights groups are concerned about a new law that was passed in Georgia.
The law would result in strict ID requirements for absentee ballots, limited drop boxes, and any water accommodations for voters could result in misdemeanor charges.
The new law has shocked the sports and political worlds – which are becoming more and more intertwined. NBA legend LeBron James exclaimed his support for Major League Baseball today.
— LeBron James (@KingJames) April 2, 2021
Commissioner Rob Manfred explained the reasoning for moving the All-Star games by saying: “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.”
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The possibilities would have been endless in Georgia, they are a heavily traveled. The Atlanta airport is one of the most trafficked airports in the world. According to a CNBC fact sheet, Hartsfield-Jackson, Atlanta airport is located within a two-hour ride from 80% of the US population.
The opportunity to have travelers betting on sports while waiting for flights could undoubtedly be an additional revenue source.
April has not gotten off to the best start in Georgia, to say the least.