Sports President Joe Biden says he would 'strong support' moving the MLB All-Star Game out of Atlanta

08:30  01 april  2021
08:30  01 april  2021 Source:   usatoday.com

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Joe Biden has said he would back Major League Baseball moving the All - Star Game out of Atlanta over the Georgia's new voting law and blasted the decision to reopen Texas Rangers' stadium at 100 percent capacity ahead of opening day for ballparks across the country. The president told ESPN's Sage Steele Wednesday he would ' strongly support ' discussions between MLB and the players' union on moving the All - Star Game amid concerns about the new legislation that tightens voting laws in Georgia. Biden applauded the consideration by the sport to take a stand against the

President Biden on Wednesday said he would support Major League Baseball moving this year's All - Star Game out of Atlanta in response to a recently signed law that tightens voting laws in Georgia.

In an interview on ESPN's "SportsCenter" on Wednesday night, President Joe Biden said that he would "strongly support" moving the 2021 MLB All-Star Game out of Atlanta.

That was in response to a question about Major League Baseball Players Association executive director Tony Clark, who said last week that he "would look forward" to discussing moving the All-Star Game from Truist Park after the state of Georgia enacted a sweeping Republican-sponsored overhaul of state elections.

Joe Biden wearing a suit and tie: President Joe Biden said that the Texas Rangers' plan to open their stadium at 100% capacity © Evan Vucci, AP President Joe Biden said that the Texas Rangers' plan to open their stadium at 100% capacity "a mistake."

"I think today's professional athletes are acting incredibly responsibly. I would strongly support them doing that," Biden, a Democrat, said. "People look to them. They're leaders.

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And, while the majority of teams will open their stadiums at 25% capacity or fewer, one team plans to open its entire stadium to fans.

The Texas Rangers – whose home opener is on April 5 against the Toronto Blue Jays – intend to sell every seat in the 40,000-seat Globe Life Field. That is because Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced in early March that he would end the state-wide mask order and "open Texas 100%."

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If the all - star game is moved , the financial consequences could prove significant, especially given massive fiscal losses during the pandemic. Reportedly, a memo from Cobb County Finance Director Bill Volckmann said the anticipated economic impact from the all - star game is as much as 0 million. Estimates put the cost of staging the game and surrounding events at million. There is recent precedent for athletes taking a stand because of a new discriminatory law. In 2017, the National Basketball Association moved its lucrative All - Star Weekend out of Charlotte, North Carolina

WASHINGTON – Democratic nominee Joe Biden said that if he were president , he would shut the country down to stop the spread of the coronavirus, if that were recommended by scientists. “I would be prepared to do whatever it takes to save lives, because we cannot get the country moving until we control the virus. Across the U.S., governors have rolled out a patchwork of constantly evolving plans to relax social distancing restrictions and reopen their states. At the height of restrictions in the spring, more than 310 million Americans were under directives ranging from “shelter in place” to “stay at home.”

Biden was critical of the Rangers' decision as the nation continues to grapple with the coronavirus pandemic as an increasing number of people continue to get vaccinated.

"That's the decision they've made. I think it's a mistake," Biden said. "They should listen to Dr. (Anthony) Fauci and the scientists and the experts. I think that is not responsible."

The Rangers' in-state rival, the Houston Astros, plan to open Minute Maid Park at 50% capacity when they have their home opener against the Oakland Athletics on April 8. Outside of Texas, only the Arizona Diamondbacks plan to have more fans than other teams at 40% capacity.

On the eve of baseball's opening day, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said that he hopes stadiums can be at full capacity by midsummer.

“I hope by midsummer that we have ballparks that are unrestricted and we have full fan access,” Manfred said.

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Biden addresses gender pay gap in U.S. Soccer

Biden has attended three World Cups (two men's, one women's) and was in attendance at Vancouver's BC Place when the U.S. women's national soccer team won the 2015 World Cup final against Japan. Last week, Biden and first lady Jill Biden hosted soccer star Megan Rapinoe and her USWNT teammate Margaret Purce for Equal Pay Day. Rapinoe spoke at the event, saying that "despite all the wins, I'm still paid less than men who do the same job I do."

"The idea that these women are getting paid – just overall women are getting paid 82 cents on the dollar, if you're a Black woman it's like 55 cents on the dollar, generically just across the board – but the idea that women's soccer players are getting paid so much less than the men, I just don't think it's right. I don't think it's fair," Biden said. "That's why I'm such a big supporter of Title IX."

The USWNT has won four World Cup titles – winning the previous two competitions – and has won four Olympic gold medals. The U.S. men's team, meanwhile, didn't qualify for the 2018 World Cup and, most recently, failed to qualify for the Olympics for the third straight time.

2021 MLB All-Star Game will be played at Denver's Coors Field after event pulled out of Atlanta

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