Pro-business group sues MLB for moving All-Star Game out of Atlanta

A pro-business group is suing Major League Baseball (MLB) for moving its All-Star Game out of Atlanta after the passing of Georgia's controversial voting law.

The Job Creators Network shared in a statement that it filed a lawsuit against the league in a New York federal court, arguing the league should pay $100 million in damages to local businesses in Georgia that are still recovering from the pandemic.

JCN added that most of the businesses affected by the move are minority-owned as well, saying this has done harm to communities of Atlanta and Cobb County. Cobb County CFO William Volckmann said it would have received a “robust return” for hosting this year's All-Star game, according to the statement.

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“MLB robbed the small businesses of Atlanta – many of them minority-owned – of $100 million, we want the game back where it belongs,” JCN CEO and President Alfredo Ortiz said in the statement. “This was a knee-jerk, hypocritical and illegal reaction to misinformation about Georgia’s new voting law which includes Voter-ID. 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.”

MLB moved its annual All-Star game from the Atlanta Braves’ Truist Park to the Colorado Rockies’ Coors Field in Denver after Georgia Gov. Brian KempBrian KempKemp says FDA needs to upgrade its authorization for vaccines The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - A huge win for Biden, centrist senators Savannah becomes first major city in Georgia to reinstate masks MORE (R) signed a new election bill into law in April, sparking backlash from critics who called it the new Jim Crow.

Georgia voted in November for a Democratic president for the first time in decades, followed by January runoff election victories by Sens. Jon OssoffJon OssoffObamaCare 2.0 is a big funding deal Senate Democrats call for Medicaid-like plan to cover non-expansion states Stacey Abrams PAC tops 0 million raised MORE (D) and Raphael WarnockRaphael WarnockHarris's bad polls trigger Democratic worries ObamaCare 2.0 is a big funding deal Kaseya ransomware attack highlights cyber vulnerabilities of small businesses MORE (D).

The MLB All-Star game will be played in Denver on July 13.

The Hill has reached out to MLB for a comment.