Major League Baseball and its players have characterized as political theater a lawsuit challenging the decision to move this year's All-Star Game, with the Players Association going to far as to call it "frivolous" in a statement released Tuesday.
The Washington, D.C.-based Job Creators Network – backed by Home Depot co-founder Bernie Marcus – filed the suit against MLB and the MLBPA last week, seeking more than $1 billion in damages and the return of the All-Star Game to Atlanta.
The conservative advocacy group said that MLB relocating the July 11-13 All-Star festivities to Denver after the state of Georgia changed its voting laws violated the U.S. Constitution and engaged in unlawful interference.
The most recent MLB All-Star Game was in 2019 at Cleveland's Progressive Field. Last year's game was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo: David Richard, USA TODAY Sports)
MLB responded that the non-profit group “failed to meet the requirements for preliminary injunctive relief” and that a judge should not be able to dictate where a private company can conduct its business.
The Players Association said it shouldn't have even been part of the suit because it has no say in where the All-Star Game is played.
The @MLBPA_News and Tony Clark submitted their joint response to the lawsuit filed by Job Creators Network over pulling the All-Star Game out of Atlanta, Georgia.
Led by W&S Sports Attorney, Jeffrey Kessler, the MLBPA labeled the lawsuit “political theater” and “frivolous.” pic.twitter.com/QCSdWGBRKm
The suit was filed Monday in the Southern District of New York by lawyer Howard Kleinhendler, who was part of former President Donald Trump's legal team in his efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election.
The complaint is centered on an estimated $100 million in lost revenue for the greater Atlanta area as a result of the game being moved. It contends that MLB and the MLBPA “plotted, coordinated, and executed a common plan and conspiracy to cancel the All-Star Game in Atlanta with the intent to injure and deprive residents and businesses of Atlanta, Georgia of their Constitutional rights.”
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