The MLB may not hold its All-Star game in Atlanta due to the Georgia Voting Bill that recently passed. Here’s what both sides are saying. To have stories like this and more delivered directly to your inbox, be sure to sign up for our newsletter.
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Jabari Young, writing for CNBC, reports: “Major League Baseball is discussing the status of its 2021 All-Star Game in Atlanta as more corporations publicly oppose a new voting law recently passed in Georgia. The league is gathering feedback from teams and executives about the matter before coming to a decision on relocating the game. Baseball’s midsummer event is scheduled for July 13 at Truist Park, the Braves home field.” Here’s what both sides are saying about the potential corporate moratorium:
On The Left
The left accuses Georgia Republicans of disenfranchising black voters and is generally supportive of corporate boycotts as a response.
In the New York Times, Jason Morgan Ward denounces Georgia’s recently passed election laws as “Jim Crow 2.0.” He observes “continuities between past and present” in Republican efforts to “limit ballot access” in response to “mass political mobilization” and “federal efforts to protect or expand voting rights.” Although he doesn’t mention MLB specifically, Ward leaves little doubt that he sides with corporations that oppose the new voting laws in Georgia. Keep reading: Georgia’s Voter Law Is Called ‘Jim Crow 2.0’ for a Reason.
On The Right
The right applauds what they view as necessary improvements to election integrity, seeing no justification for subsequent corporate boycotts.
Georgia Governor Brian Kemp writes in Fox News that “Democrats and partisan activists across the country, including President Biden, have falsely labeled Georgia’s new voting law as ‘Jim Crow 2.0.’” He cites five ways in which the bill in question – SB 202 – increases access and voting integrity. Finally, he accuses the left of ultimately trying to gain “complete control of our elections in Georgia and across the country.” Keep reading: Georgia’s election law – Ignore Dems’ false attacks. Here are the facts about bill I signed.
According to a YouGov-Yahoo News survey released this week, 34% of Americans report watching pro sports less frequently due to “social justice messaging from players, leagues, and teams,” while 11% are watching more often. Still, the majority (56%) say related current events have not affected their pro sports viewership.