MLB will pull All-Star Game out of Atlanta in 2021 due to Georgia’s new restrictive electoral law
The Battery is a bustling venue with shops, bars, and restaurants from local chefs in Truist Park, home of the Atlanta Braves MLB team, as the facility is currently closed during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in Atlanta, Georgia , Sports will be quarantined on April 18, 2020.
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Major League Baseball Commissioner Robert Manfred announced on Friday that the 2021 All-Star Game will no longer be held in Atlanta.
The decision follows an electoral law signed on Wednesday by Brian Kemp, the governor of Georgia, which, according to opponents, disproportionately disenfranchises colored people.
“Over the past week we have had thoughtful discussions with clubs, past and current players, the Players Association and the Players Alliance, among others, to hear their views,” said Manfred. “I’ve decided that the best way to demonstrate our values as a sport is to move this year’s All-Star game and this year’s MLB draft.”
The new Georgian law adds guidelines for postal ballot papers and voter registration, and gives state officials more authority in conducting elections.
Business leaders in the US this week denounced the law, which critics say will suppress voices, especially among people of color in underserved areas.
“Major League Baseball fundamentally supports voting rights for all Americans and opposes ballot box restrictions,” Manfred said. “In 2020 MLB became the first professional sports league to join the non-partisan Civic Alliance to build a future where everyone is involved in shaping the United States. We pride ourselves on our platform to accomplish baseball fans and communities in our country to encourage you to continue to have the unwavering support of our game. “
Manfred said MLB will meet commitments to support local communities in Atlanta. The league is finalizing a new host city and “details of these events will be announced shortly,” he said.
CNBC’s Jabari Young contributed to this report.