Sunday, May 2, 2010
Despite the protests along with nightly lampooning by Keith Olbermann, Rachel Maddow and Jon Stewart will probably not result in Arizona rescinding its new anti immigration law but, ticking off professional sports is something else entirely.
The Major League Baseball Players Association on Friday said it is opposed to the controversial new immigration law, saying it could negatively affect foreign players.
Executive Director Michael Weiner said the law could cause problems for players who are not U.S. citizens, but who play on one of 30 Major League squads in the U.S. and Canada.
Lawmakers have eyed baseball as one avenue to highlight their opposition to the law, now it appears that they have the players’ union on their side.
Weiner said in a statement:
“The Major League Baseball Players Association opposes this law as written. We hope that the law is repealed or modified promptly.”
27 percent of Major League Baseball players are Latinos who hail from Mexico, Central America, South America and Puerto Rico and in 2011, Phoenix is slated to host the MLB All-Star Game.