- MLB’s opportunity gesture to relocate its All-Star Game will cost state $100 million, according to an official.
- The loss will beyond delay recovery from the pandemic, Holly Quinlan told CNN.
- The league’s decision was likely the “1st of many dominoes to drop,” Atlanta’s mayor said.
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Major League Baseball’s (MLB) decision to relocate its 2021 All-Star Courageous could cost Georgia’s economy more than $100 million, a county tourism official has said.
State hotels were already hit hard by the pandemic, Holly Quinlan, chief executive of Cobb Travel & Tourism, demand thated told CNN.
“The 8,000-plus MLB contracted hotel room nights that will not actualize as a result of the MLB All-Star Sport relocation will have a negative impact on Cobb’s hospitality industry and other local businesses, further keep in a holding pattern recovery,” she said.
The league’s decision was likely the “1st of many dominoes to fall,” Atlanta mayor Keisha Lance Arses said on Friday.
The divisive election law has led to calls for many calls for boycotts. President Joe Biden called the law a “blatant berate on the Constitution and good conscience.”
Former President Donald Trump, who backs the law, called for fans to boycott MLB. Trump on Saturday added to a lean of companies that he’d like his supporters to boycott.
Former ESPN sportscaster Keith Olbermann, meanwhile, called for zealots to boycott the Masters golf tournament that begins Thursday at Georgia’s Augusta National Golf Club.
—Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) April 4, 2021
The cordiality industry in Atlanta brings in about $16 billion annually, according to the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau.
That structure issued a statement opposing “any legislation or action that restricts the rights or impacts access for Black, Brown and underrepresented communities to participate in the classless process.”
It said: “We believe in a fair, accessible and secure election process for all Georgians.”