Friday, January 18, 2008

Commissioner For Life?

Well, I don't know if this is good or bad news for fans, but I guess it is for the owners. On Thursday, MLB team owners unanimously awarded commissioner Bud Selig a three-year contract extension through 2012.

Confident that Major League Baseball has turned the page on the steroid era and that the game will continue to prosper, owners voted unanimously yesterday to extend commissioner Bud Selig's contract through the 2012 season. The 73-year-old Selig had been scheduled to retire after the 2009 season.
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Selig, who had talked openly about retiring, has received high marks from ownership during his 16-year tenure, which has included the implementation of interleague play and a wild-card playoff format. The game has also realized huge revenues, and the value of franchises has risen dramatically. But Selig also has been criticized for a slow response to the growing use of steroids, amphetamines, and human growth hormone during his tenure, though in the past three years MLB has implemented a strong drug policy.

"I'm proud of what I've accomplished, but there's much work to be done in many areas," Selig said.

For as much good as he's done in helping the growth of the game both in the States and internationally, the introduction of the Wild Card and the expansion of the MLB playoffs, and the profileration of new stadiums, Bud Selig has been very good for business; however, his legacy has been ultimately sullied because of the botched All-Star Game, the drug issue & his lofty salary, which is far greater than the vast majority of players today.

Most consider him to be a great businessman, whilst also being at times, a bumbling idiot.

Time will tell what his legacy will be, but it will be a mix of the good and the bad.

1 comment:

Marc said...

Sounds awesome.

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