The Players Association has no comment on the lawsuit, spokesman Chris Dahl said Tuesday. The MLB commissioner’s office didn’t respond to a request for comment.
Manfred previously said he “decided that the best way to demonstrate our values as a sport is by relocating this year’s All-Star game,” adding: “Major League Baseball fundamentally supports voting rights for all Americans and opposes restrictions to the ballot box.”
The lawsuit contends that, in moving the game, MLB “acted beyond any plausible legitimate civic or moral concern affecting the integrity of the sport of baseball” and “intended to punish Georgians because their state enacted a reasonable ballot-integrity statute.”
The suit calls the financial losses from MLB’s action “staggering” for metro Atlanta, citing more than 8,000 canceled hotel reservations. But the financial impact of the All-Star game and other marquee sports events is hotly debated by economists.
The legal action was filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. The headquarters for MLB and the Players Association are in New York.
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Baseball’s All-Star game has been held in Atlanta twice – in 1972 at Atlanta Stadium (later renamed Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium) and in 2000 at Turner Field (now Center Parc Stadium). The 2021 event originally was awarded in 2019 to SunTrust Park, later renamed Truist Park.