The Job Creators Network, a group backed by Home Depot co-founder Bernie Marcus is suing Major League Baseball over moving the All-Star Game from Atlanta in protest of voting laws.
The lawsuit aims to force MLB and their player’s union to compensate the city for the jobs lost due to their decision to move the event.
Job Creators Network President Alfredo Ortiz told FOX Business “MLB robbed the small businesses of Atlanta – many of them minority-owned – of $100 million. We want the game back where it belongs.”
“This was a knee-jerk, hypocritical and illegal reaction to misinformation about Georgia’s new voting law which includes voter ID,” he continued.
“Major League Baseball itself requests ID at will call ticket windows at Yankee Stadium in New York, Busch Stadium in St. Louis, and at ballparks all across the country,” he added.
Ortiz previously estimated the move cost Atlanta “cost upwards of $100 million of economic damages.”
In April, MLB Commissioner Robert D. Manfred declared “I have decided that the best way to demonstrate our values as a sport is by relocating this year’s All-Star Game and MLB Draft. Major League Baseball fundamentally supports voting rights for all Americans and opposes restrictions to the ballot box.”