COBB County, Ga. (CW69 News at 10 p.m.) — A hearing date for the multi-million dollar lawsuit against Major League Baseball and a decision to pull the All-Star Game from Atlanta is set in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District. New York 10 June 2021.
Job Creators Network (JCN), the suit seeks the immediate withdrawal of the All-Star Game to Atlanta or the payment by defendants of $100 million in damages to local and state small businesses – many of which are minority-owned and still remain under COVID-19. Recovering from – 19 damages. The defendants are MLB, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred and the Players Association and Executive Director Tony Clark.
JCN, a small business advocacy group, filed court case Demand MLB bring the game back to Atlanta or pay $100 million dollars in damages to small businesses across the state. Officials say the area also suffered a loss of revenue from ticket sales, concessions and events, with more than 8,000 hotel reservations being cancelled, and losing more than 41,000 expected fans. The data shows that black-owned businesses are largely affected.
Just before the pandemic, chef Jimmy Carrey brought Jimmy’s Kitchen and his specialty American-Latin cuisine to Cobb County, where there are plenty of businesses. “The Weather Channel, you got Home Depot, and the big one, which is the battery,” Carey said.
Outside Truist Park is Battery Atlanta, where baseball fans were hoping to catch the All-Star Game on the big screen this summer if they didn’t have tickets to watch the game inside the stadium. Then, in response to Georgia’s controversial voting law, MLB moved the game to Denver, which sparked national outrage. “We were looking forward to all the businesses that we would get from hotels, people living in the area, overflowing with batteries,” Carey said. “We were counting on that kind of business, and now, it was basically just snatched out of our noses.” Countless other restaurants and businesses have expressed dismay at the move.
“I can imagine businesses in the battery that have gone through the same situation through COVID, closing restaurants and laying off people,” Carey said. “It’s been a tough, very difficult year.”
“JCN and its partners look forward to next week’s hearing and are successfully resolving the matter to the satisfaction of the Greater Atlanta community,” Alfredo Ortiz, President and CEO of the Job Creators Network, said in a statement. “A year after suffering a pandemic-induced recession, small businesses in the Atlanta Metro were looking forward to the All-Star Game to help springboard a full recovery. Unfortunately mlb Canceled culture. MLB thought it might bend the knee and avoid any consequences. they were wrong. JCN will hold them accountable and protect small businesses from harm. We have a strong case, and we hope to win eventually.”
Carey and the other restaurant owners have questions about how far the lawsuit will go. He has indicated that he will certainly not mind MLB changing its course, so to speak, and bringing the game back to the Atlanta area. “It would be a beautiful thing to see,” he said.
Cobb County issued the following statement, “Cobb County is not a participant in a recent U.S. District Court filing regarding Major League Baseball’s relocation of the 2021 All-Star Game, nor is the county a party to the legal action.” has been listed.”
The county also provided a statement from Speaker Lisa Cupid, “It will be up to the courts to determine whether there is any legal harm that may require such a remedy. Despite the controversy, I hope the MLB leadership recognizes that.” Cobb County remains an attractive place for business and entertainment, boasting strong diversity in its general population and elected leadership.
The Atlanta Braves organization declined to comment beyond this statement made in April, when MLB first announced the move:
The Atlanta Braves are deeply disappointed by Major League Baseball’s decision to move its ‘2021 All-Star Game.
It was neither our decision nor our recommendation and we are sorry that fans will not be able to watch this event in our city. The Brave organization will continue to emphasize the importance of equal voting opportunities and we hoped that our city could use this event as a platform to spur the discussion. Our city has always been known as a unit in divided times and we will miss this opportunity to address issues that matter to our community.
Unfortunately, businesses, employees and fans in Georgia are the victims of this decision.
We will continue to support community heritage projects that are planned and are in process.
JCN filed the lawsuit on May 31, 2021 in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York. MLB has not responded to CW69’s request for comment.
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