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MLB Pulls All-Star Game Out of Atlanta Due to Georgia Election Laws

MLB Pulls All-Star Game Out of Atlanta Due to Georgia Election Laws

Major League Baseball (MLB) has pulled the All-Star Game out of Atlanta because of their misinterpretation of new Georgia election laws.  Apparently, the Gods of Baseball never actually read the legislation signed by Georgia Governor Brian Kemp.  Rather they believed the lies and disinformation campaign that Democrats and their media allies are carrying out.

One must assume that MLB made the decision in the belief that there would be benefits to the sport of baseball. Maybe even enough pressure to change the laws or gain more fans for the civic mindedness.  Of course, none of that is going to happen.

What is arguably more likely to happen is a loss of fans and television viewers. 

That is what happened to both national football and national basketball when they caved to the political left.  Baseball has played it smart – up until now – by staying out of the flag and National Anthem controversies.

The irony of the League’s action is that the only measurable consequence will be an enormous negative impact on the people and businesses of Atlanta. A minority majority city that will lose more than 100 million dollars in direct financial benefits.  All those Uber drivers, taxis, hotels, restaurants, and bars that have been reeling from the Covid-19 pandemic were looking for some relief from tens of thousands of baseball fans pouring into their neighborhood around Battery and Truist Park.

This year’s game was to highlight the career of Atlanta Brave’s legend Hank Aaron.  MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred says that will still take place wherever the All-Star Game lands. But it will now be a huge disappointment for the Aaron fans in his hometown.

The State and Atlanta governments will lose a lot of tax money. More than they have already lost in the early preparation phase.

Manfred did get some “atta boy” emails from such celebrity sports stars as Magic Johnson and LeBron James. They also may have been deceived by the lies swirling around the new law.  We will have to see how that balances with the manifest anger of a lot of baseball fans – or should I say former fans.

Perhaps Manfred & Company were following President Biden’s call for the League to abandon Atlanta.  Maybe they should have taken notice that Biden got four Pinocchio’s by the Washington Post – the lowest rating reserved for unmitigated lies – for his outright prevarications about the Georgia election law.

Sports have long been an entertainment – an escape from the grind and conflicts of the day.  Our stadiums were places where citizens of all backgrounds and opinions could shelve their differences and engage in friendly banter over the relative merits of one team or another.  The players and the owners have let that all slip away.  There seems to be less and less common ground where politically driven animosities can be checked at the door in favor of civic comity – and a unified respect for America.

The MLB has just removed another place of refuge from the passion of politics.

So, there ‘tis.

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Larry Horist

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8 Comments

  1. Anonymous

    And FYI, the percentage of Black residents in Atlanta is 54%. Denver: Less than 9%. Bad call, MLB.

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    • Dan Tyree

      The crime rate is much lower in Denver

      Reply
  2. Linc

    Like pro. Football I’ve lost internet most of the players make thousands if not tens of thousands to dollars more than the average person so, play ball and leave your political views at the gate. One other thing, I am 70plus years for at least 60 years I was a Pepsi drinker!

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  3. Robert Oziomek

    People like LeBron have no idea what the small businesses have gone through. He acts like an expert. Stick to basketball LeBron nobody cares what you think.

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  4. porterv

    No more MLB for my extended family. We are unanimous on this. Could Atlanta businessmen who prepared for this event now sue MLB for non-compliance?

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  5. Harry Foulds

    Another Sport I am Not going to Watch!!

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  6. Ben

    Seems like just yesterday(2016) that conservatives were boycotting Pepsi. Now they are flocking to the ultra left leaning company. It’s almost comical.

    “Corporations are people too my friends” I can agree with McConnell in that businesses should stay out of politics. Unfortunately, it seems insincere coming from the most corporate funded Senator. Let’s over turn Citizens United and really keep business out of politics. Or maybe he just meant they shouldn’t flex their considerable power when McConnell doesn’t agree with them.
    Sooner or later you guys are going to realize that the old white man demographic does not have the consumer ( or political) power that you think you do. Businesses are ALWAYS going to do what’s right for their bottom line and catering to a dying demographic isn’t good for business.
    Your boycotts don’t seem to be very impactful. Nike stock is at an all time high. WAP is platinum. Rap is the most listened to music. I think you may have gotten rid of Teletubbies.. not positive though. Dixie chicks are still making music ( albeit under a new name, but still)… you get the point.

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    • Dan Tyree

      That’s how they stay in business you fool

      Reply

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