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Truist Park in Atlanta, Georgia, where the Major League Baseball 2021 All-Star Game was originally scheduled to be played. Photo: David John Griffin/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The "estimated lost economic impact" of Major League Baseball's decision to move its All-Star Game out of Georgia over the state's voting restrictions is more than $100 million, a tourism industry official told CNN Saturday.

What they're saying: Cobb Travel and Tourism chief Holly Quinlan told a news conference Friday that the game "would have been a big boost to Cobb businesses and help with recovery efforts after the COVID-19 pandemic."

  • She noted to CNN in a statement Saturday that many Cobb County hotels "saw single digit occupancy numbers" early on in the pandemic.
  • "The 8,000-plus contracted hotel room nights that will not actualize as a result of the MLB All-Star Game relocation will have a negative impact on Cobb's hospitality industry and other local businesses, further delaying recovery," Quinlan added.

The big picture: Several organizations have publicly criticized Georgia's new law curbing voting access for disproportionately affecting people of color. But the MLB went further Friday by pulling the All-Star Game, which was scheduled for July 13 at Truist Park.

  • Republicans have criticized the MLB and other organizations that have publicly opposed the Georgia's new voting law.
  • Former President Trump has called for a boycott of the MLB and other groups over their opposition.

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Obama applauds MLB for "taking a stand" against Georgia's voting restrictions

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Former President Obama on Saturday praised Major League Baseball for moving its All-Star Game out of Atlanta due to Georgia's new law curbing voting access.

What he's saying: "Congratulations to @MLB for taking a stand on behalf of voting rights for all citizens," Obama tweeted. "There’s no better way for America’s pastime to honor the great Hank Aaron, who always led by example."

Updated Apr 2, 2021 - Sports

MLB to move All-Star Game out of Atlanta over Georgia voting restrictions

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.

Trump calls for MLB boycott after All-Star Game moves out of Georgia

Photo: Yuri Gripas/Abaca/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Former President Trump late Friday night called for a boycott of Major League Baseball after the league's commissioner announced plans to move its All-Star Game out of Georgia due to the state's new law curbing voting access.

What he's saying: "Baseball is already losing tremendous numbers of fans, and now they leave Atlanta with their All-Star Game because they are afraid of the Radical Left Democrats who do not want voter I.D., which is desperately needed, to have anything to do with our elections," Trump said in a statement.

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