The impact of the new Georgia Election Integrity Act has now reached the baseball world. The MLB decided to move their All-Star Game from Atlanta to Denver, and the voting bill seems to be the reason for the change. The move is set to make Georgia lose $100 million in tourism dollars, and many are wondering whether the MLB is right in doing this. Recently, a judge rejected efforts to return the game to Atlanta, so it seems like the move is completely legal. But is it morally correct to induce such a loss to the city of Atlanta and its people? Is it petty politics? Should business decisions be used to make political statements? Political strategists Ajay Bruno and Max Burns discuss with Sam Bloomquist on Bold TV’s Millennial Minute.
What is the Georgia Election Integrity Act of 2021?
The new Georgia voting bill is really controversial. The bill was allegedly passed to reduce voter fraud, but some see its restrictions as racist and anti-democratic. Many corporations, both in Georgia and around the country, have been critical of the bill. Among them is the MLB, which decided to move the All-Star Game to Denver “to demonstrate our values as a sport,” as Commissioner Robert D. Manfred Jr. said.
The case against
Many think the MLB is wrong — Among them is political strategist Ajay Bruno, who thinks politically motivated statements have no place in baseball. In regards to the voting bill, “I don’t see why it’s a big deal,” Bruno said. He said the only thing the bill is doing is making people have an ID to vote, which many countries already do. And most of the MLB’s audience is Conservative, so Bruno believes they’re “alienating [their] own base of fans” with the decision. One of the key points against the MLB’s decision is that Atlanta businesses have nothing to do with the bill, and they’re the ones being affected the most.
The case for
Democratic Strategist Max Burns thinks the MLB has every right to move their All-Star Game. According to Burns, these sorts of moves are nothing new. “Conservatives only seem to get angry about boycotts and using the market to make a political point when it’s targeted against them,” he said. He also said the Georgia voting bill has made it difficult for some people to cast their ballots, and the MLB has every right not to want to associate themselves with this decision, as it could potentially affect their own earnings.
Bridging the gap
Whatever your opinion on this situation, the truth is that Atlanta businesses are going to suffer. Should the MLB be responsible for making this up? Or should the Georgia government be? The case has created a lot of animosity between Republicans, Democrats and baseball fans alike. But the total impact it’s going to have is yet to be seen.