Sport President Joe Biden says he would 'strong support' moving the MLB All-Star Game out of Atlanta
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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.
"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.
MLB Opening Day schedule 2021: Live stream, matchups, game times, how to watch first day of baseball season
MLB Opening Day 2021 is set for April 1And yes, there will be fans. MLB had no in-person attendance during the 2020 regular season as the league played a 60-game campaign during the COVID-19 pandemic. All 15 ballparks hosting Opening Day games on April 1 will allow at least limited attendance. You can find every team's early season attendance plan here.
"Look what's happened with the NBA, as well. Look what's happened across the board. The very people who are victimized the most are the people who are the leaders in these various sports, and it's just not right."
Rangers' attendance plan 'a mistake'
When MLB opens its 2021 season Thursday, there will be one very noticeable difference from its truncated 2020 campaign.
There will be fans in the stands.
And, while the majority of teams will open their stadiums at 25% capacity or fewer,.
The Texas Rangers – whose home opener is on April 5 against the Toronto Blue Jays –in the 40,000-seat Globe Life Field. That is because Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced in early March that he would
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Biden was critical of the Rangers' decision as the nation continues to grapple withas an increasing number of .
"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.
“I hope by midsummer that we have ballparks that are unrestricted and we have full fan access,” Manfred said.
Joe Biden’s Presidency Has Highlighted the Rifts in the American Catholic Church
While Biden’s personal faith can’t be untangled from his politics, he also advocates policies out of step with Catholic doctrine.While Biden’s faith is deeply felt, his election has exposed divisions at the highest levels of the Catholic Church. Within days of his victory, 10 of the nation’s most powerful bishops took the extraordinary step of launching a “working group” on how to approach a Catholic President like Joe Biden. The panel met twice over Zoom, in December and January.
Biden addresses gender pay gap in U.S. Soccer
Biden has attended three World Cups (two men's, one women's) andwhen the . Last week, Biden and first lady Jill Biden hosted soccer star Megan Rapinoe and her USWNT teammate Margaret Purce for Equal Pay Day. , 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 –– and has won four Olympic gold medals. The U.S. men's team, meanwhile, and, most recently, for the third straight time.
MLB Power Rankings: Reigning Champ Dodgers Eye Repeat
In the first MLB Power Rankings of the new season, the defending champion Dodgers begin the year in pole position. The wait is over: Baseball is back.The 2021 season begins Thursday. The prospect of jumping from a 60-game sprint to a typical 162-game slog feels akin to preparing for a 10K and then deciding to run a marathon. For players and fans alike about to embark on the journey, remember to stay hydrated.To commemorate what should be a national holiday, it’s time for the first MLB Power Rankings of the new season.
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