Business group sues MLB for moving All-Star Game out of Atlanta

A pro-business group is suing Major League Baseball for moving its All-Star Game out of Atlanta after the controversial passing of Georgia's voting law.

The Jobs Creator Network shared in a statement that it filed a lawsuit against the league in a New York federal court, citing the league should pay $100 million in damages to local businesses in the state that are still recovering from the pandemic. 

JNC added that most of the businesses affected from the move are minority-owned as well, saying this has done harm to communities of Atlanta and Cobb County. Cobb County's CFO William Volckmann said it would’ve received a “robust return” for hosting the yearly event, according to the statement. 

“MLB robbed the small businesses of Atlanta – many of them minority-owned – of $100 million, we want the game back where it belongs,”  JNC CEO and president Alfredo Ortiz said in the statement. “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 MLB moved its annual All-Star game from the Atlanta Braves’ Truist Park to the Colorado Rockies’ Coors Field in Denver after Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) signed a voting restriction bill into law in April. The bill drew backlash from critics who called it the new Jim Crow. 

The new law came after Georgia, a mostly GOP-led state, turned blue in November’s election and saw Democratic Sens. Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock win seats in the runoff election in January, according to NBC News. 

The MLB All-Star game will be in Denver on July 13.

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