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Baseball moves All-Star Game from Atlanta

Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred Associated Press/Photo by John Bazemore

Baseball moves All-Star Game from Atlanta

Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game will not be in Atlanta this year. Commissioner Rob Manfred made the decision to move both the game and the MLB draft from the city in response to a new voting reform law in Georgia. In a statement, he said the MLB “opposes restrictions to the ballot box,” and he called the decision to move the game “the best way to demonstrate our values as a sport.”

What are others saying? Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed the bill into law last week. Opponents say it restricts voting rights, while supporters say it addresses concerns over both election security and voter access. The White House said President Joe Biden supported the MLB’s decision, while U.S. Sen. Jon Ossoff, a Georgia Democrat who opposes the law, says he is against moving the game. Kemp blasted the move, saying “cancel culture and woke political activists are coming for every aspect of your life, sports included. If the left doesn’t agree with you, facts and the truth do not matter.”

Dig Deeper: Read Harvest Prude’s report in The Stew about how criticism is obscuring the reality of the Georgia law.

Editor’s note: WORLD has updated this report since its initial posting.

Timothy Lamer

Tim is executive editor of WORLD Commentary. He previously worked for the Media Research Center in Alexandria, Va. His work has also appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and The Weekly Standard.

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