While the constitutionality of Arizona's anti-immigrant legalisation, SB 1070, is being challenged in court, opponents of the law are intensifying efforts to convince Bud Selig, the Commissioner of Major League Baseball (MLB), to relocate the 20011 All Star game.
Several prominent baseball players including the Brewers all star pitcher, Yovanni Gallardo, Adrian Gonzalez (San Diego) and Albert Pujols (St. Louis) have announced they will not participate in the 2001 All Star game as long as the law that institutionalizes racial profiling remains on the books.
Presente, a Los Angeles based organization, has collected over 100,000 signatures on petitions urging Selig to "move the game."
There is precedent for such action.
In the early 1990s the National Football League moved the Super Bowl out of Phoenix after the Arizona Legislature refused to honor Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday as a national holiday. Apartheid South Africa was also the target of successful athletic boycotts in the 1980s.
Commissioner Selig can't have it both ways, celebrating MLB for signing Jackie Robinson and leading the fight against racial segregation while keeping the 2011 All Star game in Arizona, a state that persecutes Latinos.