The business group filed a lawsuit against Major League Baseball on Monday, claiming it had no right to remove the All-Star Game from Atlanta in protest of Georgia's voting law.
The Job Creators Network, based in Addison, Texas, said that "thousands of hard-working men and women in the Atlanta area have been banking with this year's All-Star Game:" The defendants took all of this in an instant. "
Two months ago, MLB announced it was pulling the All-Star Game from Truist Park, home to Cobb County in Atlanta Braves, just days after Gov. Brian Kemp signed into law a number of restrictions supported by the Republic, including the need to identify mail by post to vote and make it legal to collect food or water from voters online.
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The case, filed in New York City where the MLB headquarters are located, also named MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred, the MLB Players Association and union head Tony Clark as defendants.
The lawsuit is seeking $ 100 million and a penalty of up to $ 1 billion.
Job Creators Network calls itself "a non-partisan organization whose mission is to educate the employers and employees of Main Street America, to protect the 85 million people who rely on the success of small businesses."
The group said it was suffering from the removal of the All-Star Game in Atlanta because it "had to move resources to deal with serious injuries to its members in the Atlanta area" and had to "divert workers from its fundraising efforts that resulted in lower receipts."
The organization said it was forced to publish advertisements in the New York Times and rental signs in Times Square to fight the MLB and collectively "these costs amount to more than $ 1.6 million."
Jim Masteralexis, who teaches sports law at Western New England University in Springfield, Massachusetts, said local businesses near the Braves ballpark may have the slightest claim of injury by the MLB - but not the plaintiff in this case.
"There is no constitutional or legal right to benefit from the All-Star Game played near your business," Masteralexis told News. "No one has broken the agreement with you. No one has broken the law of the organization."
And under a U.S. Supreme Court decision in Citizens United, Masteralexis said the defendants had a right to take over the baseball business in Georgia: "Major League Baseball actually exercised their constitutional right to speak on an important issue."
The case even came to the attention of the Ku Klux Klan.
By filing the All-Star Game, the defendants violated the Ku Klux Klan Act of 1871 by preventing "Georgia's duly elected government from ensuring equal legal protection," according to the lawsuit.
The plaintiffs also claimed that the MLB and the union were doing a disservice to the 14th Amendment. The 14th Amendment was adopted in 1868 and affirmed the rights of all Americans after the abolition of slavery.
The Job Creators Network is represented by New York attorney Howard Kleinhendler, who has previously committed himself to legal efforts to reform the 2020 presidential election.
"It is wrong because it is a complete violation of the KKK Act and what the act was intended to do," said Nova Southeastern University law professor Robert Jarvis, who teaches legal studies within baseball.
Jarvis, co-author of the book "Baseball and the Law: Cases and Materials," predicted that the case would not succeed.
"This is the saddest complaint I've ever read," Jarvis told NBC News. "If this were not answered as a school test, you would give it to F and advise the student to get a different job."
In all public complaints, the complainant said the people of Cobb County were suffering as a result of MLB's actions. Cobb County is not part of the case. A regional spokesman declined to comment on the public action on Tuesday morning.
But hours later, Cobb County Commission Chair Lisa Cupid issued a statement praising the business opportunities of her community: “It will be up to the courts to decide whether there are any legal damages that may require such a remedy. Despite the controversy, I hope the MLB leadership recognizes that Cobb County remains an attractive business and leisure destination with a strong diversity of its people and elected leadership. ”
An MLBPA spokesman also declined to discuss the case on Tuesday, and MLB representatives could not be reached for comment.
The All-Star Game is now set to be played on July 13 at Coors Field in Denver.
In addition to the high-profile game show - featuring top players in the National and American leagues - the All-Star Game week also includes other events, including a celebrity soccer match, amateur draft, a minor all-star game and a home run derby.
The hot new limits came in the wake of a dramatic election that downgraded Washington, D.C.
In November, Joe Biden became the first Democrat since 1992 to run for president in Georgia. Biden won nearly a quarter of a percent, prompting then-President Donald Trump to pressure Georgia officials to reverse those results.
Two months later, Democrats Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock won a run-off election in two U.S. Senate constituencies, giving their party less power.
Former Georgia Minority leader Stacey Abrams has been widely praised for her efforts to register to vote in minority communities that have turned red as a matter of course. He said the new restrictions were an act of oppression of voters.