All-Star Game has been relocated out of Atlanta in response to Georgia’s new voting legislation
Major League Baseball slammed a suit filed by a conservative team within the league’s decision to relocate the All-Star Game out of Atlanta in response to Georgia’s new voting laws as baseless and just another step at a”advertising effort ”
The team said in a court filing on Monday that the suit filed by the Jobs Creators Network last week”failed to fulfill the requirements for preliminary injunctive relief” and that upholding MLB’s decision to move the game protects the”Defendants’ right to demonstrate their values and preserving their freedom as private entities to find out the best way to hold their events,” according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
“JCN has been vocal in opposing MLB’s decision, but it doesn’t give it a foundation for federal civil rights claims,” the filing read. “Moreover, despite its promises of exigency, JCN spent the last two months putting up billboards in Times Square and running inflammatory advertisements in The New York Times. When its advertising effort had no impact, JCN chose to sue, but this Court’s timing shouldn’t be wasted on political theatrics.”
The suit is seeking more than $1 billion in damages and the return of this All-Star Game to Atlanta but MLB’s lawyers claim,”There is not any emergency that warrants the outstanding relief JCN seeks.”
The Players Association fired back with its filing on Monday claiming it should have never been named in the suit because it does not play a part in where the All-Star Game is played.
It claimed that the Jobs Creators Network”filed this suit for political theatre and then beamed down on misuse of the judicial process by dragging the MLBPA and its own executive director… into a frivolous lawsuit.”
Alfredo Ortiz, president of the Job Creators Network, formerly told FOX Business that the move”robbed the tiny companies of Atlanta.”
“We need the game back where it goes,” Ortiz said. “This is a knee-jerk, hypocritical and illegal response to misinformation about Georgia’s new voting legislation including voter ID.”
The first hearing will take place in federal court in New York on Thursday.