Major League Baseball announced that it is moving its iconic All-Star Game and 2021 draft from Atlanta in protest of Georgia’s new voting law.
MLB Commissioner Robert Manfred Jr. said the decision to relocate came after “thoughtful conversations” with clubs, the Players Association, and the Players Alliance. He said moving the events is “the best way to demonstrate our values as a sport.”
“Major League Baseball fundamentally supports voting rights for all Americans and opposes restrictions to the ballot box,” the commissioner said. “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.”
The move comes amid corporate backlash to the voting law, with Democrats and liberal activist groups urging businesses to use their leverage to push back against the legislation, which was recently signed into law by Gov. Brian Kemp.
The Washington Examiner contacted the Players Association for comment but did not immediately receive a response.
This is a developing story.
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