Baseball All-Star Game Will Not Return to Atlanta, Can Stay in Denver: Judge Workers load an All-Star sign onto a trailer after it was removed from Truist Park in Atlanta, Tuesday, April 6, 2021. Major League Baseball plans to relocate the All-Star Game to Coors Field in Denver after pulling this year's Midsummer Classic from Atlanta over objections to sweeping changes to Georgia's voting laws. (John Spink/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)
Thursday, 10 June 2021 05:12 PM
Baseball's annual All-Star Game next month will remain in Denver after a federal judge on Thursday rejected a conservative small business group's request that it be returned to Atlanta.
Major League Baseball had moved the July 13 game to Denver's Coors Field from Truist Park outside Atlanta in early April, shortly after Georgia adopted a new, stricter voting law.
Critics contended the law was squarely aimed at discouraging participation, particularly by people of color and poorer voters. Advocates said Georgia was looking to head off fraud in the next election cycle. In 2020, Donald Trump raised allegations that widespread, systemic fraud caused him to lose the presaidential election to Joe Biden. Georgia also saw Democrats gain control of Georgia's two Senate seats in runoff votes.
At a hearing in federal court in Manhattan, U.S. District Judge Valerie Caproni said Job Creators Network did not show it had standing to challenge the move, or that it would suffer irreparable harm if the game stayed in Denver.
Job Creators Network had accused MLB of violating small business owners' civil rights by moving the game, and of doing serious harm to the Georgia economy with its move of the summer classic to Colorado.