Ken Blackwell, former mayor of Cincinnati, Ohio, told Breitbart News on Friday that a court order for Major League Baseball (MLB) to return its All-Star Game to Atlanta “would be a win-win for everyone.”
The MLB rescheduled its All-Star Game — moving it from Atlanta to Denver — following Georgia’s enactment of election laws in March. Dubbed the “Election Integrity Act of 2021,” the bill implements voter ID requirements across all methods of voting. MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred acknowledged the political motivation of his decision, saying it was “the best way to demonstrate our values as a sport.” He added, “Major League Baseball fundamentally supports voting rights for all Americans and opposes restrictions to the ballot box.”
Breitbart News reported on a lawsuit filed against the MLB for its decision to relocate its All-Star Game:
The Job Creators Network (JCN), a conservative group representing small businesses, plans to file a lawsuit against MLB and their Players Union in hopes of forcing the league to return the game to Atlanta or compensate the Atlanta businesses impacted by the league’s decision to leave due to Georgia’s voter reform laws.
Blackwell, a minority owner of the Cincinnati Reds, discussed the event on SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Daily with host Alex Marlow.
He remarked, “The plaintiffs in this lawsuit are asking for the All-Star Game to be returned to to Atlanta, and that’s what I would want to to to see. Logistically, it might be tough, but so what? I would like to see them to make that correction. Let the fans see a great game. Let Atlanta businesses and workers just reap the economic rewards of tens of millions dollars from the game, and let Major League Baseball show the country that we’re not going to jump through the hoops of the radical left in their never-ending race to the bottom to see who is the most woke.” He continued to say that, “What we need to do is just focus, as a league, on playing a sport that Americans love and running a successful business in the process, that would be a win-win for everyone, and that’s what I want, a win for everyone.”
The MLB’s political decision-making hurts the sport of baseball, Blackwell remarked.
“This is just sad for everyone,” he said. “This is an unforced error on the part of Rob Manfred. … It hurts the sport, because tens of millions of Americans are turned off by the league taking sides in this political controversy, especially one [in which] most of the fans disagree or with the league’s position.”
He continued, “This is just pure crazy. It hurts the league and it hurts countless businesses in the Atlanta area, including minority-owned businesses. … Atlanta is a predominantly black city, so taking away the game hurts all Atlantans, but particularly, I’m concerned that it has an adverse impact on black Atlantans.”
“Not only do 77 percent of voters support voter ID, but polls show that 61 percent of black voters support voter ID,” he stated. “Hispanic approval is even higher. How can something be racism that contributes to voter suppression if 61 percent of that voting group … supports the measure?”
Public companies have a fiduciary duty to prioritize the financial returns of their shareholders in their operations, Blackwell noted in a column entitled, “Corporate Wokesters Betray Shareholders’ Trust by Bashing Election Integrity Laws.”
Companies like Coca-Cola and Delta Airlines aligning themselves with partisan Democrat narratives over Georgia’s election laws are violating their legal obligations towards their shareholders, he assessed.
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