Colorado's Coors Field an Early Favorite for Relocated 2021 MLB All-Star Game?

Brian Kemp

Major League Baseball is protesting a democratically passed Georgia voting law while bolstering ties with a Communist Party-backed Chinese company that cracked down on an National Basketball Association executive who supported the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong. "What people want to know now is where they stand on this fundamental issue of voting rights". "He said earlier this week that if the decision was made by Major League Baseball to move the All-Star game, he would certainly support that decision - and now that MLB has made that choice, he certainly does". "If the left doesn't agree with you, facts and truth do not matter".

"This attack on our state is the direct result of repeated lies" from Abrams and President Joe Biden, Kemp said. "I will not back down. Georgians will not be bullied".

Kemp has insisted opponents have mischaracterized what the law does, yet Republican lawmakers made the changes largely in response to false claims of fraud in the 2020 elections made by former President Donald Trump and his supporters.

NKU associate professor of political science Ryan Salzman said the news caught him off guard.

Abrams, who has championed voting rights since narrowly losing to Kemp in the 2018 election, is among those who have spoken out against it.

With the Georgia bill, more than 180 business owners have signed a statement against the law, including Lyft, Target and Blue Apron.

Manfred said the league still plans to celebrate Hank Aaron, an Alabama native who played for the Atlanta Braves and is considered one of the greatest baseball players of all time. "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". That would represent action, as opposed to this disingenuous part of the Braves' statement: "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".

Fans, meanwhile, appeared divided on pulling the game from Georgia.

But New York has a very similar law on the books strictly prohibiting groups from providing "any meat, drink, tobacco, refreshment or provision to or for any person" who is waiting in line to vote.

Abrams instead called on companies in Georgia and around the country to come off the fence in condemning the spread of voter suppression bills in several states and to support federal legislation-namely the John Lewis Voting Rights Act and the For The People Act-that would protect voting rights.

The game was set for July 13 at Truist Park, the Braves' 41,000-seat stadium in suburban Cobb County.

"Unfortunately, the removal of the MLB All-Star Game from Georgia is likely the first of many dominoes to fall until the unnecessary barriers put in place to restrict access to the ballot box are removed", Bottoms said in a statement. They made that decision. "I urge others in positions of leadership to do so as well".

"One thing that I applaud is that Major League Baseball was proactive on this", Cora said. "The governor, from his statement, has made clear he doesn't feel he is being punished".

But the move was applauded by other figures in the sports world.

The NFL moved the 1993 Super Bowl from Arizona after the state failed to make Martin Luther King Jr. Arizona became the last state to adopt an MLK Holiday when voters approved it in November 1992.

The Cubs last hosted an All-Star Game at Wrigley Field in 1990, the third longest "drought", as it were, among existing teams.

Los Angeles Lakers legend Earvin "Magic" Johnson, who is also a part-owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers, praised Manfred's decision to pull the game.



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