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MLB's decision to move its All-Star Game out of Georgia will have a $100 million impact on the state, tourism official says

April 3, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Major League Baseball's decision to move its All-Star Game from Georgia in response to a new restrictive voting law is likely to cost the state tens of millions of dollars.

(CNN)Major League Baseball's decision to move its All-Star Game from Georgia in response to a new restrictive voting law is likely to cost the state tens of millions of dollars.

"The 8,000-plus MLB contracted hotel room nights that will not actualize as a result of the MLB All-Star Game relocation will have a negative impact on Cobb's hospitality industry and other local businesses, further delaying recovery. "

MLB announced Friday that this season's All-Star Game and draft will not be held in Atlanta in response to the recently passed law in the state that critics say would make it harder to vote.

The Atlanta Braves said the franchise is "deeply disappointed" by the decision to move the game

"Unfortunately, businesses, employees, and fans in Georgia are the victims of this decision. "

Several leaders of Georgia-based companies have also criticized the law, including Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian and Coca-Cola CEO James Quincey.

Immediately after MLB announced the move, state Republicans behind the law blamed some of its leading Democratic critics -- including Stacey Abrams, a Georgia Democrat and voting rights advocate.

Kemp on Saturday continued to blame President Joe Biden and Abrams for the recent backlash he received from companies in the state and said he "will not be backing down from this fight. "

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, a Democrat, told CNN's Fredricka Whitfield that MLB's decision "is really probably the first of many boycotts of our state to come. "

The mayor said on Twitter that "until the unnecessary barriers put in place to restrict access to the ballot box are removed," she expects Georgia to suffer many more consequences.

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