A lawsuit has been filed against Major League Baseball over moving the 2021 All-Star game out of Atlanta back in April.
Business advocacy group Job Creators Network (JCN) filed a 21-page lawsuit in a federal New York City court. Their suit is seeking $100 million in damages, the estimated loss of economic impact to local businesses-many of which are minority-or the immediate return of the All-Star game to Atlanta.
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Home Depot co-founder Bernie Marcus founded the non-partisan Job Creators Network. Home Depot’s corporate headquarters are based in Atlanta, Georgia.
“MLB robbed the small businesses of Atlanta – many of them minority-owned – of $100 million, we want the game back where it belongs,” said Alfredo Ortiz, president, and CEO of the Job Creators Network. “This was a knee-jerk, hypocritical and illegal reaction to misinformation about Georgia’s new voting law, which includes Voter-ID. Major League Baseball itself requests ID at will-call ticket windows at Yankee Stadium in New York, Busch Stadium in St. Louis and at ballparks all across the country.”
The tourism industry was one of the hardest-hit sectors of our economy during the Covid-19 pandemic, which many are still recovering.
“Small businesses in this community had valid contracts relating to the All-Star Game and other events, the result of two years of planning and all that was ripped away by fear and misinformation spewed by political activists. Many states, including Colorado where the game has been moved to, have similar or more restrictive election laws,” Ortiz said. “This move essentially tells fans of teams in many other cities that they can never again host the All-Star Game; it’s hypocritical, illegal, and we won’t stand for it.”
Michael Price is a Founder and editor for ThinkCivics. He has been writing about politics, government, and culture for over a decade. He has a BA in Political Science and an Masters in Public Administration.