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The editorial board of the 175-year-old Boston Herald, one of the oldest papers in America and the winner of eight Pulitzer Prizes, published an op-ed Wednesday calling for Major League Baseball to suffer tangible consequences for its “spectacular display of virtue signaling.”
And by tangible consequences, the editorial board of the Boston Herald meant the revocation of the league’s prized antitrust exemption.
“The MLB chose to politicize baseball by aligning its placement of the All-Star Game with the Democratic agenda. The move will cost its former host state about $100 million — money the state sorely needs as it struggles to recover from the revenue-gutting hit of the coronavirus pandemic,” the board wrote.
It added, “The anti-trust exemption for Major League Baseball has been debated for years — it’s time to end the league’s special status. As its recent actions have shown, it’s not just a sport.”
Like virtually every other institution in America, Major League Baseball now appears to be nothing more than just another branch of the Democrat Party. The evidence of this can be seen on the league’s own website.
In a news report/press release published last Friday, the MLB explained its decision to relocate its 2021 All-Star Game and MLB Draft by citing the words of Democrat President Joe Biden.
“The decision comes a little more than a week after the passage of S.B. 202, a Georgia law that President Joe Biden criticized earlier this week, saying that it will restrict voting access for residents of the state. … In criticizing the law, President Biden said that it is ‘a blatant attack on the Constitution and good conscience,’ adding that provisions of S.B. 202 ‘effectively deny the right to vote to countless voters,’ the report read.
Yeah, it’s hard to argue Biden wasn’t a driving force behind the Georgia boycott when *MLB’s own story on the decision* cites his remarks in the second paragraph. https://t.co/IZCGqsZhLK pic.twitter.com/RYtC86Y2Sm
— John Cooper (@thejcoop) April 7, 2021
But the allegations Biden has made about S.B. 202 have all been lies — lies that the MLB has eagerly consumed hook, line and sinker.
“Major League Baseball fundamentally supports voting rights for all Americans and opposes restrictions to the ballot box,” MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement last week.
“Misinformation about the details of the voting law are widely touted as fact, and corporations have dutifully jumped on the condemnation bandwagon,” the Boston Herald’s editorial board noted.
It added, “Provisions of the law actually expand voting access — as weekend voting will jump from one weekend day to two Saturdays, with the option of two Sundays as well. And no, grandma won’t die of thirst while waiting to vote. That matters little to the outrage machine.”
Nor does the MLB seem at all concerned with the economic repercussions of its decision.
“The ‘estimated lost economic impact’ from the relocation is more than $100 million, according to a statement from Holly Quinlan, president and CEO of Cobb Travel and Tourism,” the board confirmed..
This is ironic because the basis for this move is the claim that S.B. 202 is a Jim Crow-esque law that restricts the voting rights of minorities. This, of course, is a lie. Another lie is the suggestion that relocating the All-Star Game from Atlanta, Georgia, to Denver, Colorado, is an example of the league standing up for black people.
They’re not aligning themselves with a political party, they’re standing up for the right of black people to vote. If one party believes black people have the right to vote and the other party doesn’t that tells you much more about the parties than about MLB.
— Felicity Merriman, DAE (@realfmerriman) April 3, 2021
The fact is, Atlanta boasts a far larger black demographic than Denver, meaning the MLB’s move will wind up hurting black people:
MLB moves the All Star game from Atlanta (50.9% black pop.) to Denver (9.5% black pop.) because the Georgia voting bill “disproportionately affects people of color.” Apparently, the estimated loss of $100mil to Atlanta’s economy does not disproportionately affect people of color.
— Larry Elder (@larryelder) April 6, 2021
But again, none of this seems to matter to the MLB, or really anybody or any other institution that bases its “truth” on the rhetoric of the Democrat Party — and not on the actual facts.
The question now is whether the MLB’s embrace of the Democrat Party’s lies makes it deserving of having its antitrust exemption nixed. The Boston Herald’s editorial board believes it does, in part because it’s “sweeping” privilege not shared by any other sport.
“MLB got the antitrust exemption after a 1922 Supreme Court decision ruled that the league is a sport and not a business. The National Football League, National Basketball Association and the National Hockey League don’t have the same sweeping exemption, though the NFL has limited antitrust exemption,” according to the board.
What remains to be seen is whether Republicans can get it done. They seem confident that they can:
Why does @MLB still have antitrust immunity? It’s time for the federal government to stop granting special privileges to specific, favored corporations—especially those that punish their political opponents. https://t.co/k3GIZuGYHB
— Mike Lee (@SenMikeLee) April 2, 2021
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) April 2, 2021
Yet without control of the House, the Senate or the White House, it’s not clear if they truly can.
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