A group of GOP senators introduced a bill Tuesday to strip Major League Baseball (MLB) of antitrust exemptions over its boycott of Georgia.
Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas, Josh Hawley of Missouri, and Mike Lee of Utah announced the bill targeting the MLB in a press conference. The senators slammed “woke corporations” that have pressured Georgia to roll back election reforms signed into law in March. The MLB took an additional step of relocating its 2021 all-star game and rookie draft out of Atlanta to protest the reforms.
“It’s always been the case that big business seeks handouts, seeks subsidies, seeks special benefits at the expense of the little guy, at the expense of the small business. But in the past month, these woke corporations have decided to become the political enforcer for Democrats in Washington,” Cruz told a group of reporters. “What prompted this legislation being introduced was Major League Baseball’s decision to pull the all-star game out of Atlanta, Georgia.”
“Major League Baseball made the decision that the more than half of its fans who happen to be Republicans are now disfavored and that voter fraud is not a concern that legislatures should focus on,” Cruz continued. “That decision was harmful. It’s going to hurt baseball, but it also underscores that there’s no reason Major League Baseball should enjoy special subsidies, corporate welfare that no one else gets.”
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