Application to return MLB All-Star Game to Atlanta denied by judge
About two months after Major League Baseball moved the 2021 All-Star game from Atlanta to Coors Field, Colorado Following Georgia’s passage of a controversial election law revision, a federal judge rejected an attempt to return the Midsummer Classic to Truist Park.
According to Tim tucker of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, U.S. District Judge Valerie Caproni in New York City rejected an injunction that would have forced the game to take place in Atlanta on July 13 after conservative organization Job Creators Network (JCN) filed a complaint alleging he represented local Atlanta businesses affected by the MLB move from the exhibition game.
“To say that the legal basis for this trial is weak and confused is an understatement,” Judge Caproni said Thursday. “The complainant alleges that (the MLB and the players’ union) were members of a conspiracy to violate the constitutional rights of JCN members … but I still don’t understand how.”
The judge added: “But whether small business owners as a group agree or disagree, are deeply divided or are agnostic on this issue, it is difficult to see how the MLB decision had an impact. on the equal protection rights of small business owners as a group. ”
In early April, MLB Players Association Executive Director Tony Clark suggested the All-Star Game may have been moved because union members were “very aware” of what was going on in Georgia.
Through The Associated Press (h / t ESPN), the lawsuit called for “$ 100 million in compensatory damages and $ 1 billion in punitive damages.”