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Georgia on their minds: Writers, talkies, owners and others share their opinions on new voting law

 

In the aftermath of the recent law passed in Georgia that tightens restrictions on voting, there has been an outcry from many in the sports community to take action.

The Masters Tournament is scheduled to start next week in Augusta. CBS which has carried the tournament since 1956 issued this statement:

Yesterday, Major League Baseball’s commissioner, Rob Manfred, boldly announced that the All-Star Game scheduled this summer for Atlanta won’t be played there. In these politically polarizing times, athletes, fans, teams, corporations and columnists have their opinions. These are some:

Mollie Hemingway, Conservative columnist :

Clay Travis (Fox Sports Radio, Talk show host:


Buddy Carter (Congressman, Georgia):


Declan Garvey (Reporter, The Dispatch):


Jason Kelly (Financial Author)


Magic Johnson (Basketball Hall of Famer)


Gregor Chisholm (Baseball columnist, Toronto Star):


Gavin Newsom, California governor)


Atlanta Braves:

CBS

The network that has carried the Masters since 1956 issued this statement. The Tournament is scheduled for Augusta, Georgia next week:

“We unequivocally believe in the importance of all Americans having an equal right to vote and oppose the recent Georgia voting rights law or any effort that impedes the ability to exercise this vital constitutional right. Increasing voter access and civic engagement is one of ViacomCBS’ core social impact pillars and we will continue to educate the public on the importance of an open and fair voting system through our programming and extensive partnerships with grassroots organizations that promote and increase participation in elections.” 

David J. Johns, Executive Director of the NBJC:

The National Black Justice Coalition, a leading civil rights group, has asked the PGA Tour to pull out of the tournament. Black golfer Lee Elder is an honorary starter alongside Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player.

– “The PGA Tour and Masters Tournament have both made commitments to help diversify
golf and address racial inequities in this country — and we expect them to not only speak
out against Georgia’s new racist voter suppression law, but to also take action.”

Christina Kim (American Golfer):
– “There is such an importance in taking a moment, truly having conversations, not caring
if it’s a red or blue state, representative, governor, mayor, person and just think about
what the correct thing to do is,”

James Mangold (Hollywood Director”
– I will not direct a film in Georgia.”

President Joe Biden:

– “I think today’s professional athletes are acting incredibly responsibly,” Biden said. “I
would strongly support them doing that. People look to them. They’re leaders. … This is
Jim Crow on steroids, what they’re doing in Georgia and 40 other states.”

Governor Kemp in an interview with Fox News:

He believed it is wrong “to punish hard-working Georgians, great institutions like the
Masters [Tournament] and Major League Baseball and other things in our state that, by
the way, employ a lot of hard-working Georgians that are trying to fight through this
pandemic.”

Falcons Owner, Arthur Blank:

“make voting easier, not harder”

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred:

“Major League Baseball fundamentally supports voting rights for all Americans and
opposes restrictions to the ballot box,” “Fair access to voting continues to have our
game’s unwavering support.”

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Allison Courtney
Allison Courtney

Allison Courtney is pursuing her Bachelor’s of Science with a degree in Journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is looking to combine her passion for sports and communications by pursuing a career in sports marketing after graduating in 2021.

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