Major League Baseball is discussing the status of its All-Star Game in Georgia as more companies recently oppose a new voting law in Atlanta. The league is gathering feedback from teams and executives about the matter before coming to a decision on relocating the game. The baseball midsummer event is scheduled for July 13 in the Field of Truist Park, the home field of the Braves. Tony Clark told the Associated Press that the MLB Players Association is expecting to have substantive conversations about moving the game with the baseball commissioner Rob Manfred. However, Manfred did n't go into detail about MLB or its stance on the new law. I am talking to various groups within the game and I 'm just not going beyond that in terms of what I would consider or not consider, Manfred said. Georgia legislators passed a bill to overhaul state elections in Georgia. The new law adds more rules around mail-in ballots, voter registration and gives state officials more authority over how elections are run. On March 25, Brian Kemp signed the changes to the state of Georgia law. Critics of the new Georgia voting laws say it will suppress votes, especially among people of color in underserved areas. In an interview with ESPN, President Joe Biden criticized the changes, calling it Jim Crow on steroids. The president added that he would support the MLB All-Star game. Kemp defended the law when he appeared on CNBC's closing bell Wednesday, saying it gives more people the chance to vote on weekends. On Wednesday, top Wall Street executives expressed displeasure over the new law, including Merck CEO Ken Frazier, Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian and former American Express CEO Ken Chenault.
Corporates have to stand up, there is no middle ground, said Frazier, who appeared with Chenault on CNBC's Squawk Box. The executives called for more companies to publicly stand against elements of Gregoria constitutional amendments. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, local taxpayers would pay$ 2 million for expenses to host MLB's event, but would see a great return on that investment. Cleveland's All-Star Game was projected to net$ 65 million for 2019.
According to baseball-almanac, the last time Atlanta hosted the game in 2000 was$ 49 million. Should the city lose the game, it could financially suffer. There are economic effects, said Bill Squires, an expert in sports facilities and event management. People are going to travel there on Saturday to watch the Home Run- Contest, game on Monday. There is hotels, Uber, restaurants, flights, rental cars- there is economic impact, no doubt. Although moving the game could be difficult from a logistical perspective, Squires, who has formerly managed Yankee Stadium, said he would be shocked if MLB does n't already have a contingency plan, especially in a pandemic. He used the National Football League as an example; knowing how sports operate, just think about the NFL with the situation with the Columbia University, who could n't play at Levi Stadium and moved to State Farm Stadium quickly in said Squires, who is also a lecturer at the San Francisco 49ers. The contingency plans must always be in effect; they must be. I 'd be shocked if every league does n't have a backup plan for the primary location because its contingent on what is going on in the world. Should MLB relocate its tournament, it would n't be the first time that a controversial league relocated a professional event due to a significant law. In 2016, the National Basketball Association restricted its 2017 All-Star Championship from North Carolina after House Bill 2, also known as the bathroom bill, restricts rights among the LGBT community. The NCAA also suspended its championship events in the state.
The bill was eventually repealed and the NBA returned the event to Charlotte in 2019. It has stained our reputation, it has hurt our people and it has caused great economic harm in many of our communities, said North Carolina Gov. John F. Kennedy. Roy Cooper in 2017 after the bill was overturned, but as MLB remains silent on its position, it could harm their image. Patrick Rishe, the director of sports business at Washington University in St. Louis, said MLB's lack of action could alienate younger fans. If MLB is serious about catering to a younger audience, and that has been a major goal, their actions in this matter will say a lot, Rishe said. These younger fans, they want the brands they use to stand for something and they also want their teams and leagues to stand for something, he added. MLB is opening its regular season on Thursday after playing only 60 games last season due to the pandemic.