About two months later Major League Baseball changed the 2021 All-Star game from Atlanta to Coors Field in Colorado after Georgia passed a controversial review of election laws, a federal judge ruled an attempt to return the Midsummer Classic to Truist Park.
According to Tim Tucker of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, U.S. District Judge Valerie Caproni in New York denied the request for a warrant that would have forced the game to be played in Atlanta on July 13 after the conservative organization Job Creators Network (JCN) has filed a lawsuit claiming it represented local Atlanta businesses affected by MLB’s relocation of the show matchup.
“To say that the legal foundations of this case are weak and confusing is an understatement,” Judge Caproni said Thursday. “The plaintiff alleges that (MLB and the players’ union) were members of a conspiracy to violate the constitutional rights of JCN members … but I still have a loss to understand how.”
The judge added: “But whether small business owners as a group agree or disagree, are deeply divided or are agnostic on this issue, it is difficult to see how MLB’s decision has had an impact on the equal protection rights of small business owners as a group. ”
Back in early April, MLB Players Association executive director Tony Clark suggested the All-Star game could be moved because union members were “very aware” of what was happening in Georgia.
In order The Associated Press (h / t ESPN), the lawsuit sought “$ 100 million in compensatory damages and $ 1 billion in punitive damages.”