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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.

  • "Boycott baseball and all of the woke companies that are interfering with Free and Fair Elections. Are you listening Coke, Delta, and all!," he added, addressing the companies that have spoken against Georgia's new law.

The big picture: Trump, still a leading voice in the Republican party, joins a number of conservatives who have criticized the league's decision to move the game.

  • Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) said he asked his staff write a bill to remove a federal antitrust exemption for MLB, which has been in place since a 1922 Supreme Court decision that ruled that the league is a sport and not a business, Fox Business reports.
  • Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) agreed with Duncan, saying that, "[i]t's time for the federal government to stop granting special privileges to specific, favored corporations — especially those that punish their political opponents."

The other side: President Biden said in an interview with ESPN on Wednesday he would support the MLB in moving the game from Atlanta, calling the new law "Jim Crow on steroids."

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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.

Apr 2, 2021 - Health

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

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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.

Updated Apr 2, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Flood of CEOs, corporations speak out against Georgia's voting restrictions

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Over 100 companies including Twitter, Zillow and Uber issued a joint statement through Civic Alliance Friday, joining a slew of major corporate players who have expressed concern about Georgia's law curbing voting access.

Why it matters: States often take cues from how hard businesses push back. But many of these corporations, several of which are based in Georgia, could have spoken up earlier when the law was being considered or before the governor signed.