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MLB says it made the decision in response to Georgia's controversial new voting law. CBS2's Alice Gainer reports.
- Breaking news right now as Major League Baseball makes a major move, announcing the All-Star Game will not be played in Atlanta this year.
- This is in response to Georgia's controversial new voting law. CBS2's Alice Gainer, more now with on this story. Alice?
ALICE GAINER: [? Christine ?] and Dick, the game is moving out of Truist Park in Atlanta this summer. Where it will be played now has yet to be determined. The draft is also being relocated.
In a statement, the MLB commissioner said they had engaged in conversations with current and former players, writing, "The best way to demonstrate our values as a sport is by relocating this year's All-Star Game and MLB Draft. Major League Baseball fundamentally supports voting rights for all Americans and opposes restrictions to the ballot box."
The Atlanta Braves' office put out a statement in response. "This was neither our decision nor our recommendation. Unfortunately, businesses, employees, and fans in Georgia are the victims of this decision."
Major League Baseball joins other US companies and sports teams publicly condemning the new law. The Georgia law includes new restrictions on voting by mail, limits where ballot drop boxes can be placed and when they can be accessed, and gives the state legislature greater control over how elections are run. Democrats and voting rights groups say the law will disproportionately impact voters of color.
STACEY ABRAMS: It's up to us, the voters of America, to stand together, whether we're Georgia, in Texas, or in New Jersey.
ALICE GAINER: Religious leaders are preparing for a national boycott starting next week of Coca-Cola, Home Depot, and Delta, three of the largest companies based in Atlanta. Coca-Cola and Delta issued statements this week coming out against the new law. Delta's CEO even appeared on "CBS This Morning." But these leaders want those companies to do more, including speaking out against similar laws in other states. Georgia's governor says the new law is being misrepresented.
BRIAN KEMP: I think the people are standing up and realizing the games that are being played here, and they're gonna be fighting back with us.
ALICE GAINER: Now, the Atlanta Braves say they will continue to stress the importance of equal voting opportunities and had hoped the city could use the event as a platform to enhance discussion, adding it will continue to support the community legacy projects already planned. The game, scheduled for July 13, will have a new host city to be announced shortly. [? Dick, ?] [? Christine? ?]
- OK, Alice, thank you.