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Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) took the MLB to task on Saturday, a day after it announced it would be moving its 2021 All-Star Game out of Atlanta, Georgia, in protest of the state’s new election regulations.
A newly passed state law requires voters to provide a driver’s license or state identification when voting via absentee ballot, expands early voting for primary and general elections, and adds additional security measures to ballot drop boxes.
Democrats have been outspoken against the new law, insisting — without any evidence at all — that the new law restricts voters’ rights.
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In very clear sentiments, the Republican lawmaker tweeted, “Your sports league might be a little too woke if it will freely do business with Communists in China and Cuba, but boycotts a US state that wants people to show an ID to vote.”
At the time of this reporting, the senator’s tweet has received more than 50,000 likes.
Your sports league might be a little too woke if it will freely do business with Communists in China and Cuba, but… https://t.co/8UHHAnsvmk
— Senator Rand Paul (@Senator Rand Paul)1617485290.0
According to the Daily Wire, the league on Wednesday “extended a television deal with state-owned Chinese tech giant Tencent.”
“The new deal grants Tencent the rights to stream MLB games to a number of Asian countries until 2023,” the outlet added.
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In 2017, the MLB partnered with a state-owned Chinese group to grow the sport in China. The league announced a 10-year deal with the Beijing Enterprises Real-Estate Group Ltd. (BEREGL) in a December 2017 to build numerous new baseball facilities across the country.
“We are thrilled to have a strategic alliance with Major League Baseball that seeks to enhance the playing level of professional baseball teams in China,” BEREGL chairman Qian Xu said in a statement. “This new relationship with MLB also will seek to provide Chinese youth with new facilities to participate in this great game while advancing their education and learning valuable life lessons.”
Jim Small, then vice president and head of the league’s Asia Pacific operations, added: “This relationship with BEREGL will seek to accelerate our growth and to provide first-rate facilities and coaching for the increasing number of Chinese baseball players. We are honored to team up with one of China’s most forward-thinking, innovative and successful companies as we build momentum for baseball in the country.”