Baseball’s decision to move the All-Star Game out of Atlanta will have a negative impact on minority-owned businesses in the city, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp said.
The MLB made the decision to relocate the summer classic in response to a sweeping new voting law. But Kemp indicated the decision hurts the city more than it makes a statement.
“It’s minority-owned businesses that have been hit harder than most because of an invisible virus by no fault of their own,” Kemp said. “And these are the same minority businesses that are now being impacted by another decision that is by no fault of their own.”
He went on to say that this political move has impacted the “great American pastime” without considering what sports are supposed to represent.
“People shouldn’t have to go to the game and worry about if they’re sitting next to a Joe Biden supporter or a Donald Trump supporter,” Kemp said. “They ought to be able to go to the game, cheer for their team just like if you’re in church worshipping.”
MLB commissioner Rob Manfred has said he made the decision to move the All-Star Game after speaking with players.