Georgia companies are speaking out against Major League Baseball’s (MLB) decision to punish the state’s new voting law by moving the All-Star Game from Atlanta to Denver, saying that the league’s decision to move the Game of Stars to Colorado was “crushing”.
Tudy Rodney of Rodney’s Jamaican Soul Food in Atlanta told FOX 5 Atlanta “Good Day Atlanta” on Monday that the MLB decision was “crushing.” Rodney’s restaurant is near the Braves ballpark.
“We are trying to rebuild from a pandemic that occurred last year, and something like this is not good for business,” Rodney said. “Rodney’s will suffer.”
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Job Creators Network CEO Alfredo Ortiz told “Fox and Friends” on Monday that the MLB move “absolutely” left him a hole in the stomach.
“They are just emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic, and now they are fac[ing] under the Biden administration, potentially higher taxes, higher minimum wages, more bureaucracy and regulations, and now this, ”Ortiz said.
Ortiz said the estimated cost to the state of pulling the All-Star Game from Atlanta was “more than $ 100 million.”
“Many of these were minority-owned businesses that really expected [to] and I desperately needed this kind of income, ”Ortiz said. “And all because, frankly, there was a misinterpretation or misunderstanding or, frankly, just an outright lie of the law that was passed here in Georgia on the right to vote.”
“And the bottom line is, that law just makes it easy to vote and difficult to cheat,” Ortiz added.
Professional sporting events, especially special events like the MLB All-Star Game, can be a significant source of revenue for host cities.
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In 2019, Cleveland raised $ 65 million from the event. Washington, DC earned $ 68 million while hosting the 2018 All-Star Game.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki claimed Tuesday that the voting law at the center of the controversy was “built on a lie” and said there was “no widespread electoral fraud in the 2020 elections.”