TAMPA (NBC/AP) – A pro-business group has filed a federal lawsuit against Major League Baseball, claiming it had no right to move the All-Star Game from Atlanta in protest of Georgia’s restrictive voting law.
A Texas-based organization called Job Creators Network filed a lawsuit saying it was victimized by the all-star game’s removal from Atlanta because it “Had to divert resources to address the grave harm to its Atlanta-area members and divert personnel from its fundraising efforts resulting in lower receipts.”
The civil suit is asking for $100 million in damages and a punitive award of up to $1 billion or move the game back to Atlanta.
Two months ago, MLB announced it was pulling the All-Star Game from Truist Park, the Cobb County home of the Atlanta Braves, days after Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed into law a sweeping Republican-sponsored overhaul of state elections that includes new restrictions on voting by mail and greater legislative control over how elections are run.
The All-Star Game is now set to be played on July 13 at Coors Field in Denver.