Take Me OUT of the Ballgame: MLB Sued for Moving All-Star Game Out of Georgia

Libby | June 2, 2021
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Major League Baseball (MLB) and the players’ union has been met with a lawsuit for violating civil rights after moving the MLB All-Star game from Georgia to Colorado earlier this year.

The Job Creators Network, a nonpartisan organization that seeks to promote a freer economy for small businesses, is bringing the MLB to court on behalf of small businesses in Georgia. They are seeking for the All-Star Game to return to Atlanta, $100 million in damages for the effect the move had on local small businesses, and $1 billion in punitive damages, according to Reuters.

The All-Star Game, scheduled for July 13, was moved from Truist Park in Atlanta, Ga. to Coors Field in Denver, Colo. after Georgia passed a law that was subject to harsh criticism from liberals and progressives.

Instead of taking up the controversy with state legislators, the complaint contends that the MLB “purposefully and maliciously” punished small business in Georgia.

President Joe Biden even referred to the bill as “Jim Crow on steroids,” despite the bill actually expanding voting with early voting access, along with other provisions such as requiring voter ID.

“This was a knee-jerk, hypocritical and illegal reaction to misinformation about Georgia's new voting law,” president of the Job Creators Network Alfredo Ortiz said in a statement, Reuters reported.

Ortiz was also interviewed in April by “Fox and Friends” when the MLB virtue-signaled its wokeness by moving the game from Georgia. He explained how the move would be crushing for small businesses that were already being squeezed due to COVID restrictions.

“They’re barely making it out of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Ortiz said at the time. “And now they’re facing under the Biden administration potentially higher taxes, higher minimum wage, more red tape and regulations, and now this.”

Months later, Ortiz and the Job Creators Network are now spearheading the effort to hold the MLB accountable in court for costing Georgia small businesses millions.