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Major League Baseball announced Friday that it is moving the 2021 All-Star trò chơi out of Atlanta in response lớn a new Georgia law that has civil rights groups concerned about its potential to lớn restrict voting access for people of color.

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The 2021 MLB draft, a new addition to All-Star trò chơi festivities this year, will also be relocated.

In a statement, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said the league is "finalizing a new host đô thị và details about these events will be announced shortly." A source told that the 2022 All-Star Game is still planned for Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles and that that site won"t be moved up to fill the void this summer.

"Over the last week, we have engaged in thoughtful conversations with Clubs, former và current players, the Players Association, và The Players Alliance, aước ao others, to listen to lớn their views," Manfred said in his statement. "I have sầu decided that the best way lớn demonstrate our values as a sport is by relocating this year"s All-Star trò chơi and MLB Draft.

"Major League Baseball fundamentally supports voting rights for all Americans và opposes restrictions to the ballot box. In 2020, MLB became the first professional sports league khổng lồ join the non-partisan Civic Alliance to lớn help build a future in which everyone participates in shaping the United States. We proudly used our platform to encourage baseball fans & communities throughout our country to perkhung their civic duty and actively participate in the voting process. Fair access lớn voting continues lớn have our game"s unwavering tư vấn."

The Atlanta Braves said they were "deeply disappointed" by the outcome.

"This was neither our decision, nor our recommendation & we are saddened that fans will not be able khổng lồ see this event in our thành phố," the team said in a statement. "The Braves organization will continue lớn stress the importance of equal voting opportunities và we had hoped our thành phố could use this event as a platsize to lớn enhance the discussion. Our đô thị has always been known as a uniter in divided times và we will miss the opportunity to lớn address issues that are important to lớn our community.

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

The Players Alliance, consisting of more than 100 current & former players who have united in an effort lớn empower Blaông chồng communities, came out in support of MLB"s decision with a statement that read in part: "We want lớn make our voice heard loud and clear in our opposition of the recent Georgia legislation that not only disproportionately disenfranchises the Blaông chồng community, but also paves the way for other states khổng lồ pass similarly harmful laws based largely on widespread falsehoods và disinformation."

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The Nhà Trắng said President Joe Biden supports the decision as well.

"The President has made his concerns about the bill passed in Georgia clear, given its extreme provisions that impact the ability of so many citizens to cast their votes," the Nhà Trắng said. "He said earlier this week that if the decision was made by Major League Baseball lớn move the All-Star game, he would certainly support that decision - and now that MLB has made that choice, he certainly does.""

In a statement, former President Donald Trump blasted the move và urged his supporters lớn "boycott baseball and all of the woke companies that are interfering with Free & Fair Elections."" Former President Barachồng Obama, meanwhile, lauded the decision as honoring the legkết thúc of Braves great Hank Aaron.

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Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed inlớn law last week a sweeping, Republican-sponsored bill that includes new restrictions on voting by mail and greater legislative sầu control over how elections are run. The bill, which also prohibits volunteers from distributing food and water for voters waiting in line, was finalized on March 25 roughly 15 miles from the Braves" stadium, Truist Park.

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The new voting law, SB202, came in the wake of the first Democratic victories in presidential and Senate elections in Georgia in a generation, which triggered repeated unproven assertions by Trump that the state"s election was fraudulent. Supporters of the new law have sầu said it merely ensures election integrity và stamps out potential fraud, while critics have described it as a voter-suppression tactic that would make it more difficult for minorities, particularly people of color, to vote, citing how it reduces ballot access in urban communities that lean Democrat.

A recent examination of the 98-page bill by The New York Times identified 16 provisions that either hinder Georgians" right khổng lồ vote or strip power from state and local elections officials & give sầu it to legislators.

The governor said at a news conference Saturday that baseball "caved to fear và lies from liberal activists"" & moving the game means ""cancel culture"" is coming for American businesses.

"I will not back down. Georgians will not be bullied," Kemp said in a statement Friday. "We will continue khổng lồ stand up for secure, accessible, fair elections. Earlier today, I spoke with the leadership of the Atlanta Braves who informed me they vị not support the MLB"s decision."

Stacey Abrams, a Democratic former Georgia gubernatorial candidate and voting rights activist, tweeted about her disappointment but understanding over MLB"s decision.

"Like many Georgians, I am disappointed that the MLB is relocating the All-Star game; however, I commkết thúc the players, owners and League commissioner for speaking out," Abrams wrote. "I urge others in positions of the leadership lớn bởi so as well."

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, a Democrat, said she supports MLB"s decision. Atlanta will no doubt chia sẻ in the economic loss, though the Braves" home page stadium is now located outside the thành phố, in suburban Cobb County.

"Unfortunately, the removal of the MLB All-Star trò chơi from Georgia is likely the first of many dominoes to fall until the unnecessary barriers put in place to lớn restrict access to the ballot box are removed,"" Bottoms said in a statement.

Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, who is to guide the National League All-Star team, applauded MLB for moving the game from Georgia.

"I think in a world now where people want & need lớn be heard -- & in this particular case, people of color -- for Major League Baseball to listen & do something about it, to be proactive sầu, it sets a tone,"" said Roberts, the son of a Blaông xã father & Japanese mother.

MLBPA executive sầu director Tony Clark said last Friday that he "would look forward" to discussions around moving the Midsummer Classic -- slated for July 13 -- out of Atlanta. Five sầu days after that, Biden, who won Georgia by less than 12,000 votes, told SportsCenter he would "strongly support" such a decision, calling the new bill "Jyên Crow on steroids."

Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James, who has an ownership stake in the Boston Red Sox, was ahy vọng those expressing support for MLB"s decision on Twitter.

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Despite moving the All-Star Game, Manfred said that "MLB"s planned investments lớn tư vấn local communities in Atlanta as part of our All-Star Legacy Projects will move forward" and that Aaron, who died in January, would still be celebrated during the All-Star festivities.

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