Washington, D.C. (April 7, 2021)—Today, the Job Creators Network (JCN)—a national small business advocacy organization—sent a letter to Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred criticizing his decision to move the upcoming All Star game from Atlanta to Denver. The exit is expected to cost Georgia businesses $100 million, which would have helped the small business community 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 why. But in reality, the recently passed legislation makes it easy to vote and hard to cheat. JCN is demanding the MLB reverse their decision.
Alfredo Ortiz, JCN President and CEO, released the following statement:
“Small businesses in Georgia are hurting and the MLB commissioner pulled a multi-million rug out from underneath them. Manfred justifies his decision by echoing false claims made by others who argue Georgia’s new election law is simply Jim Crow 2.0. That rationale couldn’t be further from reality. Georgia election rules make it easy to vote and hard to cheat. In contrast to the incendiary rhetoric and accusations of racism from politicians and activists, these rules simply bring Georgia’s voting standards in line with other states’, including Colorado’s. The commissioner should flip the switch on his selective outrage and allow the All Star game to return to Atlanta where it belongs, or local small businesses will pay the price.”