Baseball is apparently no longer America’s game. Major League Baseball (MLB) chose to boycott the Georgia All-Star Game just one day after inking a new partnership with China.
On Apr. 2, Robert D. Manfred, Jr., MLB Commissioner, announced the move of the All-Star Game and Draft from Atlanta over the state’s new voting integrity law.
On Apr. 1, MLB expanded its contract with the Chinese firm Tencent, the same streaming service that once blocked NBA basketball games over a Hong Kong controversy. The deal gives the firm rights to stream MLB games until 2023 across China and other Asian countries through WeTV.
The National Review notes, “Tencent is one of China’s largest tech companies, operating a streaming service as well as the WeChat app that can be used for messaging, video conferencing, and shopping. The company also contracts with the NBA to stream games in China, where almost 500 million fans used Tencent to watch games in 2018 alone.”
Does it seem a bit suspicious the MLB struck a major financial goldmine with China one day before boycotting Georgia’s allegedly racist voting law? By the way, the All-Star Game boycott was supported by President Joe Biden.
So to be clear, America’s president agrees with the now-woke MLB that requiring photo ID to vote is undemocratic one day after signing a major deal with Communist China.
Tencent is the same company the Epoch Times noted “temporarily dropped NBA games as a form of censorship after former Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey spoke out in support of the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.”
The MLB now officially does business with communists while refusing to do business with a state that simply requires a photo ID to vote. This is no accident and there is no excuse. Our governing leaders should call out the MLB’s executives over the issue.
But the more likely scenario is that business will continue as usual, as unusual as it sounds. The growing influence of Chinese businesses in the U.S. under the Biden administration is reaching levels that should concern every American.
A Mar. 1 Newsweek article revealed, “Secretary of State Tony Blinken co-founded a consultancy, WestExec Advisors, that among other things helped corporations and academic institutions pursue their interests in China. His administration colleagues, Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines and White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, were on WestExec’s payroll.”
That doesn’t even include Biden’s personal ties, or connections with his son Hunter. Hunter’s new memoir chronicles his side of the story, while a certain laptop may include more details he doesn’t want the public to see about his personal life and dealings with the world’s most-populated nation.
Many conservative Americans have left the White House China connections in the background noise behind the larger concerns of the pandemic (from China, by the way) and attempts to return to normal life at work and school. The All-Star Game move reveals, however, that what happens in China does not stay in China. It’s time for America to wake up to the influence of the Chinese communist party and oppose it while we still can.