Critics of the MLB’s recent decision to move the 2021 All-Star Game to Denver because of Georgia’s new voting law pointed out that the move will do more damage than good for the city’s black population.
The move will intentionally deal an economic blow to Atlanta, which has a 51% black population, while providing a boost to the new host city, Denver, which has only a 9% black population.
The “Midsummer Classic” was set for July 13 at Truist Park, home of the Atlanta Braves, until the Major League Baseball decided Friday to change its location. On Monday, MLB announced the game will now be played at Coors Field, home of the Colorado Rockies.
The decision to move the game to a city with a much whiter population was supported by a number of “woke” leftist corporations. Democrats and voting rights advocates have attempted to convince people that Georgia’s new voting law would make it harder for people, particularly those of color, to vote.
Republican supporters say the law is needed to restore confidence in Georgia’s elections following the contentious 2020 presidential election and Georgia’s two U.S. Senate runoff elections in January.
MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred made the announcement to strip the Braves of the event on Friday.
“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,” Manfred said in a statement last week. “Major League Baseball fundamentally supports voting rights for all Americans and opposes restrictions to the ballot box.”
This week, the league chose Colorado’s capitol for the host city, “Coors Field in Denver has been chosen to host this year’s All-Star Game,” ESPN reported. “It will mark the second time the homer-friendly home of the Colorado Rockies will host the Midsummer Classic. The American League beat the National League 13-8 at Coors in 1998.”
One of the main focuses of the legislation that Democrats claim will make it harder for people of color to vote is the addition of voter ID requirements. The game’s new host The legislation places new state, however, is no stranger has already had voter ID laws in place.
The Colorado Secretary of State’s website states, “All voters who vote at the polls must provide identification. If you are voting by mail for the first time, you may also need to provide a photocopy of your identification when you return your mail ballot.”
The All-Star Game has historically had a notable, positive economic impact on the host cities, according to data from the Baseball Almanac, as fans, players, sponsors, and other individuals flock to the event. That typically provides business for local restaurants, hotels, and other establishments.
Nearly 30% of businesses in Atlanta are Black-owned, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
The 2020 All-Star Game, set to be hosted in Los Angeles, was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, which also cut last year’s MLB regular season by more than half its normal length of 162 games. But the 2019 All-Star Game in Cleveland generated an estimated $65 million in regional economic activity.
Author: John Williams