The All-Star Game Was Supposed to Be Atlanta’s Comeback Story. Then MLB Took It Away

Brian Maloof, owner of Manuel’s Tavern in Atlanta, Ga. (Brian Maloof)

After a year that saw his historic downtown Atlanta tavern nearly shuttered by the coronavirus pandemic, Brian Maloof was looking forward to not one, but two all-star events in 2021 that could have reinvigorated his struggling business.

In early March, the NBA was holding its All-Star Game just a couple of miles from Maloof’s business, Manuel’s Tavern, a long-time watering hole for journalists and Democratic operatives. And in July, Major League Baseball was on deck to hold its All-Star festivities across town.

Maloof expected to benefit from both events. Instead, the NBA event was a bust for local businesses after Atlanta’s mayor

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Ryan Mills is a media reporter at National Review. He previously worked for 14 years as a breaking news reporter, investigative reporter, and editor at newspapers in Florida. Originally from Minnesota, Ryan lives in the Fort Myers area with his wife and two sons.


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