A number of major corporations, including Major League Baseball, spoke out in opposition to new election reform laws in Georgia, with the MLB going so far as to withdraw the 2021 All-Star Game and player draft from Atlanta.
That move prompted incredible pushback from fans and elected Republicans, including Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R), who declined an invitation to throw the first pitch for the Texas Rangers home opener, Breitbart reported.
Left unstated by Abbott, but likely a part of his decision-making process, is the fact that Texas could soon face boycotts by virtue-signaling corporations like the MLB, as the state is also considering a number of election reforms similar to Georgia.
Abbott won’t participate
On Monday, Abbot announced his decision to decline an invitation to throw the ceremonial first pitch in a letter to a top executive for the Texas Rangers. He made it abundantly clear that his beef was with the MLB and not the “outstanding” Rangers organization, for which he expressed his “deep respect.”
“I was looking forward to it — until Major League Baseball adopted what has turned out to be a false narrative about the election law reforms in Georgia, and, based on that false narrative, moved the MLB All-Star game from Atlanta,” Abbott wrote.
“It is shameful that America’s pastime is not only being influenced by partisan political politics, but also perpetuating false political narratives,” the governor continued.
Abbott declared, “I will not participate in an event held by MLB, and the State will not seek to host the All-Star Game or any other MLB special events.”
Antitrust exemption being scrutinized
The Texas governor isn’t alone in pushing back against the MLB for its absurdly partisan decision to essentially punish Georgia — not to mention small business owners in Atlanta, a majority of whom are black and were counting on the financial windfall the MLB events would bring.
National Review reported that GOP members in both the House and Senate have begun looking into ways to legislatively revoke a unique exemption to antitrust laws that the league has enjoyed since a 1922 Supreme Court decision — an exemption that no other professional sports league has received.
The idea was first raised by Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC) in the House, and quickly received the support of Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) in the Senate.
Meanwhile, the New York Post reported that the MLB has chosen Denver, Colorado as the replacement site for this year’s All-Star Game, a rather ironic choice in light of the fact that Colorado has election laws that are remarkably similar, if not even more strict, than Georgia’s new laws.
Indeed, just like Georgia, Colorado requires voters to provide a valid ID for in-person voting and first-time absentee voting, has fewer early voting days than Georgia — 15 compared to 17 — and prohibits early voting on Sunday, which Georgia now allows.
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