MLB Moves All Star Game to Colorado, Which Has Voter ID Laws & Fewer Blacks than GA
'Woke' league moving to 76% white Denver - 'racist' Atlanta, Georgia is 51% black
Major League Baseball (MLB) has decided to host the 2021 All-Star Game in Colorado after caving to pressure from the political Left to boycott Georgia, according to reports.
The league pulled the game from Georgia after "woke" mobs and Democrats, including Joe Biden, pushed misleading claims about the state's newly-passed new election security law.
The new election integrity law includes a requirement to produce photographic identification when voting by mail.
Leftists falsely alleged that Georgia's news laws are "racist," promoting MLB and other "woke" companies to boycott the state.
“Coors Field in Denver has been chosen to host this year’s All-Star Game,” ESPN reported.
“It will mark the second time the homer-friendly home of the Colorado Rockies will host the Midsummer Classic."
"The American League beat the National League 13-8 at Coors in 1998,” ESPN added.
However, reporters quickly noted that Colorado already has voter ID laws and that the league was moving to a far less diverse area than Atlanta, Georgia where the game was originally meant to be hosted.
They note that the move will deal an economic blow to Atlanta, which is 51% black, and provide a boost to Colorado's capital, which is only 9% black, according to U.S. Census figures.
“Major League Baseball fundamentally supports voting rights for all Americans and opposes restrictions to the ballot box,” MLB Commissioner of Baseball Robert D. Manfred, Jr. said in a statement last week.
“Fair access to voting continues to have our game’s unwavering support.”
The "Midsummer Classic" was set for July 13 at Truist Park, home of the Atlanta Braves, until MLB decided Friday to change its plan -- in a decision that was cheered by several large corporations.
On Monday, MLB announced the game will now be played at Coors Field, home of the Colorado Rockies.
According to 2019 U.S. Census data, Atlanta is 51% black and 40.9% white, while Denver is 9.2% black and 76% white.
Democrats and their allies argued that Georgia's new voting law, signed by Republican Gov. Brian Kemp on March 25, would make it harder for people, particularly those of color, to vote.
Republican supporters say the law is needed to restore confidence in Georgia’s elections following the contentious 2020 presidential election and Georgia's two U.S. Senate runoff elections in January.
The All-Star Game has historically had a notable, positive economic impact on the host cities, according to data from the Baseball Almanac, as fans, players, sponsors, and other individuals flock to the event.
That typically provides business for local restaurants, hotels, and other establishments.
Nearly 30% of businesses in Atlanta are black-owned, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The 2020 All-Star Game, set to be hosted in Los Angeles, was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, which also cut last year's MLB regular season by more than half its normal length of 162 games.
But the 2019 All-Star Game in Cleveland generated an estimated $65 million in regional economic activity, according to Fox News.
MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred made the announcement to strip the Braves of the event on Friday in response to the mounting pressure to change the location of the July game following Georgia's passage of its Republican-backed election reform legislation.
"Over the last week, we have engaged in thoughtful conversations with Clubs, former and current players, the Players Association, and the Players Alliance, among others, to listen to their views," Manfred said in a statement last week.
"Major League Baseball fundamentally supports voting rights for all Americans and opposes restrictions to the ballot box."
The legislation places new restrictions on voting by mail, adds voter ID requirements, and limits ballot drop boxes.
It also mandates two Saturdays of early voting ahead of general elections, an increase from just one, and leaves two Sundays as optional.
In addition, the legislation bans outside groups from handing out food or water to those waiting in line to vote.
Opponents of MLB's decision to move the game reacted on social media.
"Moving the game from diverse areas ... doesn't feel like the league is trying to expand its audience," one Twitter user wrote.
There is no rhyme or reason for the MLB to move the all star game from Atlanta. Stay, play and make a statement. Have demonstrations. But moving the game from diverse areas - Atlanta (51.4%) and Cobb County (28%) - doesn’t feel like the league is trying to expand its audience— Log Cabin Carl (@bigheadnolan79) April 2, 2021
"Why did MLB just move the All-Star Game from Atlanta that's 51% black -- to Denver that's 9% black?" asked Paul Szypula of New York.
Why did MLB just move the All-Star Game from Atlanta that’s 51% black — to Denver that’s 9% black?— Paul A. Szypula, US Senate Candidate for NY in ‘22 (@Bubblebathgirl) April 6, 2021
"At least they're moving from a 51% Black city to a 10% Black city in the name of justice," wrote Nathan Wurtzel.
At least they're moving from a 51% Black city to a 10% Black city in the name of justice. https://t.co/Mn5SDcP6Kz— Nathan Wurtzel (@NathanWurtzel) April 6, 2021
"Democrats are really good with their whole 'racial justice' thing," wrote The Daily Wire reporter Ryan Saavedra.
Denver is 76.1% white and only 9.2% black.— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) April 6, 2021
Atlanta is 40.9% white and 51% black.
Democrats are really good with their whole "racial justice" thing https://t.co/htKlQT1YRm
The league announced it was pulling the game from Georgia shortly after Joe Biden appeared on ESPN to declare that he "strongly supports" MLB boycotting the state over the election law.
Ironically, Cobb County, GA, which voted for Biden in the 2020 election, is set to lose upward of $100 million in lost revenue as a consequence.