Press ReleaseApril 9, 2021

Commissioner Rob: Keep Your Eye on the Ball, Not Politics

Job Creators Network takes out full-page ad in The New York Times and puts up billboard blocks away from the commissioner’s office criticizing the All Star game exit

Washington, D.C. (April 9, 2021)—Today, the Job Creators Network (JCN) is keeping up the pressure against Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred to reverse the decision to move the All Star game from Atlanta to Denver. After sending a letter to the commissioner earlier this week criticizing his actions, JCN is doubling down on its opposition by putting up a billboard in the heart of Times Square just blocks away from his office and running a full-page advertisement in The New York Times.

The exit from Georgia is expected to cost state businesses $100 million, revenue that is sorely needed to help recover from the pandemic. The commissioner cites a newly passed Georgia election law, which he argues applies “restrictions to the ballot box,” as the reason for the Georgia boycott. But in reality, the recently passed legislation makes it easy to vote and hard to cheat.

The billboard reads, “HEY COMMISH ROB: Keep Your Eye On The Ball…Not Politics” and directs viewers to The New York Times ad displays a similar message and also includes an open letter to Commissioner Manfred.

View the billboard here and full-page ad here.

Alfredo Ortiz, JCN President and CEO, released the following statement:

“Commissioner Manfred’s decision to bow to the woke mob weakens the MLB’s credibility in the eyes of millions of fans, politicizes yet another aspect of American life and also robs Georgia small businesses of millions of dollars in needed cash flow. And for what? To protest a law that closer aligns Georgia voting laws with the standards of other states? I expect dishonest politicians and media talking heads to spread misinformation, but not leaders of well-respected organizations and major companies. They should be held to a higher standard.”