SBD/3/Leagues Governing Bodies


          Federal Judge Lewis Kaplan of Federal District Court in
     Manhattan ruled Friday that Bud Selig is not the
     commissioner of MLB, according to Murray Chass of the N.Y.
     TIMES.  Kaplan gave his decision in a lawsuit brought
     against Selig by minor-league club owner Marvin Goldklang
     over financial compensation for giving up territorial rights
     to the Marlins.  Selig had stated in depositions that he
     "was only the chairman of the executive council, which
     served as commissioner in the absence of a commissioner and
     made all decisions."  Kaplan wrote: "Based on the evidence
     before the court, it is apparent that Selig is neither the
     de jure nor the de facto Commissioner of Baseball."  Kaplan
     ruled that a de jure commissioner would be legally elected
     or appointed and Selig "was neither."  Kaplan: "There is a
     vacancy in the Commissioner's office" (N.Y. TIMES, 3/1).
          ROBINSON REAX: In S.F., Tim Keown on MLB's season-long
     honoring of Jackie Robinson: "It seems this anniversary
     should be treated as the equivalent of the day you stopped
     beating your wife.  Something to acknowledge, but not to
     trumpet. ... The honor in this issue is all Robinson's, not
     baseball's" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 3/1). 

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