To be filed under “Actions Have Consequences”.
FoxNews.com reports that
A conservative group representing small businesses that says MLB’s decision to move its All-Star game out of Atlanta is proof Commissioner Rob Manfred has “no balls” is now ready to throw another brush-back pitch.
With more than 30 partners ranging from the Nevada Chamber of Commerce to the National Restaurant Association, the Job Creators Network says baseball’s decision to boycott Atlanta over its objection to Georgia’s voting law is wrong and it is taking MLB to court.
FOX Business has learned that the right-leaning trade group founded by Home Depot co-founder Bernie Marcus — plans to file a lawsuit in Manhattan federal court Tuesday morning alleging that MLB’s decision has injured Atlanta’s small business community. Also to be named in the lawsuit, according to a person with direct knowledge of the matter is the Major League Baseball Players Association – the union which represents some 1,200 players – and which the Job Creators Network contends played a role in the decision to move the game out of Atlanta to Denver.
Alfredo Ortiz, president of the Job Creators Network, has mounted a high profile campaign against the baseball’s decision with protests in front of MLB headquarters in Manhattan and billboards in Times Square that mocked MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred as having “All Strikes and No Balls” for caving into left-wing pressure groups that have denounced the state’s new voter law as being overly restrictive to minority and poor voters.
Cincinnati Reds minority owner Ken Blackwell on MLB moving All-Star Game.video
MLB commissioner ‘didn’t do his homework’: Cincinnati Reds minority owner
Cincinnati Reds minority owner Ken Blackwell on MLB moving All-Star Game.
Conservatives and Gov. Brian Kemp of Georgia have argued that the law simply requires voters to produce proper ID and ensures the integrity of mail-in voting.
“MLB robbed the small businesses of Atlanta – many of them minority-owned – of $100 million. We want the game back where it belongs,” Ortiz told FOX Business, “This was a knee-jerk, hypocritical and illegal reaction to misinformation about Georgia’s new voting law which includes voter ID.”
Ortiz, who is also a board member of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, noted that when it comes to identification, “Major League Baseball itself requests ID at will call ticket windows at Yankee Stadium in New York, Busch Stadium in St. Louis and at ballparks all across the country.”
Spokesmen for the MLB and the players association had no comment.
“This action is not a surprise given the real damage that’s been done.” says Ken Blackwell, former Cincinnati mayor as well as Ohio secretary of state, but maybe most notable: he is a minority owner of the Cincinnati Reds baseball team.
The lawsuit will demand that MLB immediately moves the game back to Atlanta or pay damages to small businesses impacted by its decision.
The All-Star game’s original venue at Truist Park in suburban Cobb County, Georgia was expected to generate tens of millions of dollars in revenues for area small businesses including many owned by minorities. MLB was also planning a celebration of the life and career of Hank Aaron, the Atlanta Braves great who shattered Babe Ruth’s home run record and passed away in January.
Baseball’s efforts came under scrutiny by left-wing activists and President Biden who called the Georgia voting law racist and said the All-Star game should be played elsewhere. People close to Manfred tell FOX Business that MLB had no choice but to relocate because these activists – including former Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams – were pressing the league to turn the game into a political event. A spokesman for Abrams confirmed to FOX Business that Abrams spoke to a senior baseball official about having the MLB take a position on the law but she wanted to keep the game in Georgia.
First, it was the National Football League and the disrespectful practice of taking a knee during the playing of the National Anthem.
Then, the NBA started turning political as well, as they not only took a knee, both the coaches and the players started being vocal about their Liberal politics, joining the Democrats in attacking President Donald J. Trump every chance that they got.
Both sports have suffered at the box office and in their pocketbooks due to turning athletic competitions, watched for entertainment purposes by average Americans, into political forums espousing the anti-American Fat Left viewpoints of the Democrat Party.
Recently, as related in the above article, Major League Baseball joined their didactic ranks, seeking to teach Conservative average Americans “a lesson” by moving their All-Star Game” out of a state which dared to pass legislation designed to strengthen the integrity of the voting process.
As Major League Baseball, Delta Airlines, and Coca-Cola all start seeing their revenue shrinking as a reaction to their stupid decisions, I hope that they will wise up, as the NFL seemed to have been doing during the past season.
I kind of doubt it, though.
Liberals have always turned up their noses at major league sports AND their fans.
What better way to kill two birds with one stone than to convince the players that it is cool to protest on “company time” by sharing a minority political philosophy through insulting more than 50% of American Voters?
Who in their right mind would believe that would be accepted by average Americans?
Probably the same simpletons who believe the National Polls which, until recently, falsely proclaimed that the majority of Americans actually approved of the job that demented old Joe Biden has done as President, so far.
More Conservative Americans need to rise up as this group who has filed the lawsuit has and stand up for their rights as American citizens.
Even if they do not win the suit, they have given the Team Owners of Major League Baseball something to think about.
If they turn America’s Pastime into Political Theater…Americans will turn them off.
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