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MLB moves draft, all-star game, but will continue airing on Chinese platform: Report

Major League Baseball will air on China's online streaming platform "despite the diplomatic spat between the two countries," according to Global Times.

Updated: April 5, 2021 - 1:09pm

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Expressing opposition to election legislation recently approved by Georgia's lawmakers, Major League Baseball recently announced it will relocate its All-Star Game and MLB Draft, which were slated to occur in Atlanta.

But that announcement came after Global Times reported that MLB will continue to be aired on the Tencent Video streaming platform: "Major League Baseball (MLB) will continue to be aired on China's online streaming platform Tencent Video, it was announced Wednesday, despite the diplomatic spat between the two countries."

Commissioner of Baseball Robert D. Manfred, Jr. said in a statement about the shift away from Atlanta that he "decided that the best way to demonstrate our values as a sport is by relocating this year’s All-Star Game and MLB Draft."

"Dear GOP: @MLB caves to pressure & moves draft & #AllStarGame out of Georgia on the same week they announce a deal with a company backed by the genocidal Communist Party of #China," GOP Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida tweeted. "Why are we still listening to these woke corporate hypocrites on taxes, regulations & anti-trust?"

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