Over the last few days, Major League Baseball has been the subject of headline after headline. In case you missed it, here’s why.
Major League Baseball renewed a contract with a Chinese telecommunications company last week that previously targeted an NBA executive over his support for human rights and democracy activists in Hong Kong.
The MLB signed the deal with Tencent, which has significant ties to the Chinese Communist Party.
Indeed, the contract has taken on new significance after the league’s decision to pull its All Star game out of Atlanta.
Last Friday, following the passage of Georgia’s voting law, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said the league “fundamentally supports voting rights for all Americans and opposes restrictions to the ballot box” and will therefore not hold the All Star Game or the 2021 draft in Atlanta.
Essentially, the MLB is canceling the entire state of Georgia for something that has absolutely nothing to do with baseball.
Meanwhile, the MLB has completely disregarded the anti-democratic tendencies of its media partner, Tencent.
In October of 2019, Tencent stopped airing all NBA games after then-general manager of the Houston Rockets, Daryl Morley, vocalized support for pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.
After a brief period of time, Tencent resumed airing most NBA league games except for the Rockets and Morley’s new team, the Philadelphia 76ers.
This doesn’t seem to bother the MLB that much, as they extended the contract with Tencent through 2023 and will now allow access to the All Star Game and playoffs.
It is important to note that the MLB enjoys a federal antitrust exemption.
But, in response to the league’s attempts to undermine Georgia, Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC) instructed his staff to draft a bill that would remove the exemption.
“An overwhelming bipartisan majority of Americans support requiring an ID to vote, and any organization that abuses its power to oppose secure elections deserves increased scrutiny under the law,” he said in a tweet.
An overwhelming bipartisan majority of Americans support requiring an ID to vote, and any organization that abuses its power to oppose secure elections deserves increased scrutiny under the law.
— Rep. Jeff Duncan (@RepJeffDuncan) April 2, 2021
Dear GOP:@MLB caves to pressure & moves draft & #AllStarGame out of Georgia on the same week they announce a deal with a company backed by the genocidal Communist Party of #China
Why are we still listening to these woke corporate hypocrites on taxes, regulations & anti-trust? https://t.co/GWToVhAZvW
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) April 2, 2021
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MLB lays down, surrenders, and socially morphs into the sports equivalent of LGBTQ,,,,,with a heavy display emphasis of the meaning of Q. Adds a whole new meaning to the words baseball ANTI-Trust.,,,to ever do the right thing again. You would think they would have learned from the Boy Scouts, not to get involved with social re-engineering. Can financial bankruptcy ever be far behind moral bankruptcy? Baseball is about to find out. These Baseball Mavens of MLB won’t have to worry about This All Star game getting sold out,,,,,,,to THE PEOPLE they have already sold it out, to the woke monsters, with no sane American left holding a ticket.
I certainly HOPE NO Sane american is left holding tickets!
Now we here that MLB has chosen Denver, Colorado to host the game. That state has even more rigorous voting laws then Georgia just passed including VOTER ID. Where are Mr. Manfred’s fact checkers? Sports organizations should be meddling in politics, they seem to be clueless about it (and other things).
AHH< but Coloradoistan is a LEFTIST state, ergo THEIR laws are ok. Only republican states can't do those laws..
Major League Baseball in bed with communist China, just like Lebron James and the NBA. Clowns screaming their “woke racism” bull and these clowns support slave shops in China, they support the concentration camps for the Uyghurs and they support the sterilization of Uyghurs. The racists in our Country are the liberals, who scream racism, right MLB and NBA??????