Why MLB should consider moving the 2021 All-Star game from Atlanta

There would be nothing revolutionary about stripping Atlanta of a great sporting event in the interest of social justice. MLB declined to comment, but the NFL and NBA already have leveraged their power that way.

In 1990, Arizona voters rejected a proposal to make Martin Luther King Jr. Day a state holiday. The NFL responded by moving the 1993 Super Bowl from Tempe, Ariz., to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. Voters later approved the holiday, and the NFL awarded the 1996 Super Bowl to Phoenix.

In 2016, after North Carolina adopted a law that directed transgender individuals to use the bathroom corresponding to the gender on their birth certificate, the NBA branded the law as discriminatory. The league moved its 2017 All-Star game from Charlotte to New Orleans. The law later was repealed, and the NBA awarded its 2019 All-Star game to Charlotte…

This year, there could be no better way for Robinson’s sport to honor him than this: If Georgia officials do not withdraw or reject the voter suppression bills, MLB will announce April 15 that it is withdrawing the 2021 All-Star game from Atlanta.

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