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General view of the Major League Baseball logo. Photo: Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

MLB Commissioner Robert Manfred announced Friday that the 2021 All-Star Game will be moved out of Atlanta due to Georgia's law curbing voting access, which will disproportionately affect people of color.

What they're saying: "Major League Baseball fundamentally supports voting rights for all Americans and opposes restrictions to the ballot box," Manfred said in a statement.

  • Manfred said the decision was made after "thoughtful conversations with Clubs, former and current players, the Players Association, and The Players Alliance, among others, to listen to their views."
  • He added that a new host city and details about the All-Star Game will be announced "shortly."

Atlanta's MLB team issued a statement in response to the league's move on Friday, saying: The "Braves are deeply disappointed by the decision of Major League Baseball to move its' 2021 All Star Game."

  • "This was neither our decision, nor our recommendation and we are saddened that fans will not be able to see this event in our city."
  • "The Braves organization will continue to stress the importance of equal voting opportunities and we had hoped our city could use this event as a platform to enhance the discussion."

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) tweeted later Friday, "Today, @MLB caved to fear, political opportunism, and liberal lies."

The big picture: President Biden told ESPN in an interview broadcast Wednesday he would back MLB moving its 2021 All-Star Game out of Atlanta due to Georgia's voting law — which he called "Jim Crow on steroids."

  • The All-Star Game was scheduled for July 13 at Truist Park. It would have been the third time Atlanta hosted the game, per ESPN.

Flashback: The NFL moved the Super Bowl out of Arizona in the early 1990s because the state did not make Martin Luther King Jr. Day an official holiday, per AP.

  • The NBA moved its 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte because North Carolina passed a law that limited anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people.
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Biden backs moving MLB All-Star Game out of Georgia

A screenshot of President Biden during his ESPN interview, broadcast Wednesday. Photo ESPN

President Biden told ESPN in an interview broadcast Wednesday he'd back Major League Baseball moving its 2021 All-Star Game out of Atlanta over Georgia's new voting restrictions — which he called "Jim Crow on steroids."

Driving the news: ESPN's Sage Steele asked Biden what he thought about leading MLB figures looking to relocate the game over Georgia's law. Biden replied, "Today's professional athletes are acting incredibly responsibly. I would strongly support them doing that. People look to them, they're leaders."

Go deeper: Biden calls Georgia's voting restrictions "Jim Crow in the 21st Century"

Apr 2, 2021 - Health

Nationals-Mets opening series postponed after positive COVID-19 tests

Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

Major League Baseball has postponed its opening series between the Washington Nationals and New York Mets to double down on testing and contact tracing for Nationals players, coaches and staff, the league announced Friday.

Why it matters: After three Nationals players tested positive for the coronavirus this week, MLB is taking precautions to prevent further delays.

Big 2021 video games keep getting delayed

Screenshot: Warner Bros. Games

The list of major video games that will not hit their original 2021 release dates got longer Friday. Developers of one of the year’s most anticipated games, “Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga,” tweeted that they were pushing its release from spring to who knows when.

Why it matters: Gaming may be hotter than ever right now, fueled by a year of people playing during socially distanced lockdowns. But a combination of factors, including the impact of COVID-19 on game production, is setting 2021 up to be a relatively fallow year for major game releases.