Cobb County, Georgia is not happy about the MLB’s controversial decision to move the All-Star game out of Atlanta.
On Friday, the MLB made headlines when they revealed they were moving the All-Star game after Georgia recently passed new voting laws that many felt was too restrictive.
Here is the full release from MLB. The money line from commission Rob Manfred: “Major League Baseball fundamentally supports voting rights for all Americans and opposes restrictions to the ballot box.” pic.twitter.com/3tghCUDM47
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) April 2, 2021
Representatives of the Cobb County Travel and Tourism Bureau spoke to WSBTV Atlanta and estimate the MLB’s decision to move the All-Star game will cost local businesses more than $100 million in lost tourism revenue.
“This event would have directly impacted our county and the state, as visitors spend their dollars on local accommodations, transportation, entertainment and recreation, food and retail throughout the county,” Cobb County Travel and Tourism said. “This would have been a big boost to Cobb businesses and help with recovery after the COVID-19 pandemic.”
“We are proud of the work that many community partners have dedicated to planning the All-Star Game activities,” the bureau said. “We will continue, as we always do, to show who we are in Cobb through our outreach, customer service and hard work”
The Braves also echoed Cobb County’s sentiment about how moving the All-Star game will negatively affect local businesses.