DENVER (KDVR) — A federal lawsuit filed in New York Tuesday says Major League Baseball and the players’ union “punished the people and small businesses of Atlanta purposefully” when moving the 2021 All-Star Game from Georgia to Denver.
The lawsuit was filed by Job Creators Network, a conservative non-profit based out of Texas. Among the founders of Job Creators Network is Bernie Marcus, the retired CEO and co-founder The Home Depot.
The group is seeking $100 million in damages and $1 billion in punitive damages. You can read the full lawsuit in the link below.
Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser released the following statement on the lawsuit:
“Major League Baseball should be commended for standing up for the sanctity and security of the right to vote. MLB’s choice to hold the 2021 All Star Game at Coors Field is one more reminder that Colorado’s voting process is the national leader in safe, open, and secure elections.
It is beyond disappointing to see a lawsuit filed to force MLB to remove the All-Star Game from Denver. The Attorney General’s Office and State of Colorado will stand with Major League Baseball against this meritless action.”
The league made the announcement in April, following a voting law passed by the Georgia legislature. MLB commissioner Rob Manfred gave a statement at the time, saying the league “fundamentally supports voting rights for all Americans and opposes restrictions to the ballot box.”
Georgia Governor Brian Kemp called the decision “cancel culture” and said the MLB “caved to fear.”
Manfred said the Rockies were already in the bidding process to host a future All Star Game.
The Rockies had supplied a detailed plan for hotel, event space and security that took months to assemble, and MLB staff had already made several site visits to Denver.
The All-Star Game will air on FOX31 on Tuesday, July 13. The last time the Midsummer Classic was held in Denver was in 1998.