The “estimated lost economic impact” from the relocation is more than $100 million, according to a statement from Holly Quinlan, president and CEO of Cobb Travel and Tourism.
“In the initial stages of the pandemic, many Cobb [County] hotels saw single digit occupancy numbers,” Quinlan said. “The 8,000-plus MLB contracted hotel room nights that will not actualize as a result of the MLB All-Star Game relocation will have a negative impact on Cobb’s hospitality industry and other local businesses, further delaying recovery.”
The Atlanta Braves said the franchise is “deeply disappointed” by the decision to move the game
Kemp on Saturday continued to blame President Joe Biden and Abrams for the recent backlash he received from companies in the state and said he “will not be backing down from this fight.”
“Cancel culture and partisan activists are coming for your business,” Kemp said at a press conference. “Major League Baseball, Coca-Cola and Delta may be scared of Stacey Abrams, Joe Biden and the left, but I am not.”
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, a Democrat, told CNN’s Fredricka Whitfield that MLB’s decision “is really probably the first of many boycotts of our state to come.”