The decision by MLB may seem strange but this isn’t the first time a large sports corporation has decided to use its influence to make a political statement. In 2017 NBA did something similar when they pulled the All-Star Game from North Carolina, a state that passed laws to limit protections for the LGBT community. The NFL actually started the trend in 1993 after moving the Super Bowl from Arizona after the state voted to not make MLK day a holiday.
The Atlanta Braves were noticeably disappointed by The decision made by MLB. The loss of the game means the loss of millions of dollars of revenue from the city. The Braves quickly released a statement:
“This was neither our decision, nor our recommendation and we are saddened that fans will not be able to see this event in our city,” the statement read. “Unfortunately, businesses, employees, and fans in Georgia are victims of this decision.”
and removed the All-Star patches from their jersey after the official announcement was made.
The MLB draft is also being moved from Atlanta although there is no news as to where the new location will be.