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Georgia’s Jim Crow Law Just Repelled Its First Major National Sporting Event

Georgia’s Jim Crow Law Just Repelled Its First Major National Sporting Event

Major League Baseball has joined the expanding community of businesses and organizations severing ties with the state of Georgia because of SB 202, the new Jim Crow voting restrictions that were recently signed into law by Republican Governor Brian Kemp.

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On Friday, Commissioner of Baseball Robert D. Manfred, Jr. announced that the 2021 All-Star Game will no longer take place in Atlanta.

Other major corporations that have vigorously condemned SB 202 include Apple, Coca-Cola, Delta Airlines, and Home Depot.

The MLB “fully supports voting rights for all Americans and opposes restrictions to the ballot box,” Manfred said in a statement. “Fair access to voting continues to have our game’s unwavering support.”

The MLB “proudly used our platform to encourage baseball fans and communities throughout our country to perform their civic duty and actively participate in the voting process,” Manfred statement read. “Fair access to voting continues to have our game’s unwavering support.”

Manfred added that the MLB is still shopping around for a less radioactive location to hold its annual contest.

Manfred’s full remarks are available below:

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Over the last week, we have engaged in thoughtful conversations with Clubs, former and current players, the Players Association, and The Players Alliance, among others, to listen to their views. I have decided that the best way to demonstrate our values as a sport is by relocating this year’s All-Star Game and MLB Draft.

Major League Baseball fundamentally supports voting rights for all Americans and opposes restrictions to the ballot box. In 2020, MLB became the first professional sports league to join the non-partisan Civic Alliance to help build a future in which everyone participates in shaping the United States. We proudly used our platform to encourage baseball fans and communities throughout our country to perform their civic duty and actively participate in the voting process. Fair access to voting continues to have our game’s unwavering support.

We will continue with our plans to celebrate the memory of Hank Aaron during this season’s All-Star festivities. In addition, MLB’s planned investments to support local communities in Atlanta as part of our All-Star Legacy Projects will move forward. We are finalizing a new host city and details about these events will be announced shortly.

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