Three Republican senators are pushing a bill that seeks to eliminate Major League Baseball’s (MLB) monopoly. The proposal would be a response to Major League Baseball’s response to the election law protests in Georgia.
Senators Ted Cruz, Josh Hawley and Mike Lee are the proponents of the legislation and specifically cited the league’s decision to move its All-Star Game out of Georgia earlier this month due to a controversial law strengthening voting safeguards.
MLB’s monopoly, according to Hawley
Senator Hawley (R-MO) explained on Fox News’ Tucker Carlson Tonight that freedom and monopolies are not compatible. “No corporation should be so large or so powerful that it can control the political process, that it can override the will of the voters,” Hawley claimed.
Major League Baseball (MLB) decided last week to move the 2021 All-Star Game from Atlanta. This was in response to Georgia’s election law passed several weeks ago.
Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred Jr. made the announcement public via a press release in which he said the decision reflects “our values as a sport” and that it was a choice made to highlight MLB’s commitment supporting “voting rights for all.”
Meanwhile, Georgia’s Republican-driven election law establishes new rules for elections. Among them, it establishes that citizens must present a photo ID in order to vote and standardizes the voting hours throughout the state, from 09:00 a.m. to 05:00 p.m., with the possibility for each county to extend it to 07:00 p.m