In a message to MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred, Rubio said that unlike the relocation of the yearly showdown, giving up the golf club membership would invade Mansfred’s matters.
“Taking the All-Star game out of Georgia is an easy way to signal virtues without significant financial fallout. But speaking out against the Chinese Communist Party would involve a significant loss of revenue and being closed out of a lucrative market.” Rubio wrote.
“I am under no illusion that Major League Baseball will sacrifice business revenue on behalf of its alleged corporate values. Similarly, I am under no illusion you intend to resign as a member from Augusta National Golf Club. To do so would require a personal sacrifice, as opposed to the woke corporate virtue signaling of moving the All Star Game from Atlanta.”
MLB announced the change of location of the All-Star game a few days after Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed into law a set of election modifications.
Kemp said the new bill would make it more difficult to cheat and easier to vote. Democrats have attacked the bill that uses Democrat election reforms that were introduced during the pandemic, claiming that it amounts to “voter suppression.”
Rubio had already slammed the MLB for reaching a deal with the Chinese telecommunications behemoth Tencent the day before announcing its Georgia boycott.
Chinese state media reported on April 1 that the MLB will continue to be streamed on the streaming platform run by Tencent, which has key connections to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Tencent is one of the Chinese companies that had provisionally omitted NBA games as a kind of suppression after former Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey publicly supported the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.
On April 2, the day after the announcement of the Chinese deal, the MLB moved its annual All-Star game out of Atlanta, Georgia. Manfred said in a statement at the time that the boycott would “demonstrate our values as a sport.”
The league did not respond to an emailed request to verify the features of the Chinese deal and an inquiry on how ongoing business with communist China demonstrates its values considering the recent U.S. recognition of a genocide being carried out by the CCP against Uyghurs and other minority groups.