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TONY THE TIGER! TAVARES CALLS MLB RULES "ABSOLUTELY ABSURD"
Published January 16, 1998
Anaheim Sports President Tony Tavares, "long upset about voting rules that require three-fourths approval on many important baseball issues, blasted that situation Thursday, saying it was time to provide a new commissioner with real power," according to Ross Newhan of the L.A. TIMES. Tavares made his comments at the Sport Summit in New York: "Anyone worth his salt is going to insist on systemic change in league rules. If he doesn't, he will be a powerless commissioner. (As it is), if I find three other morons in my league, if it's a good idea for the league or if it's not, I can block something. We've reached the level of absurdity in baseball. The rules are absolutely absurd." Later, in a phone interview, Tavares said his remarks were not intended toward Acting Commissioner Bud Selig: "We have a vacuum in leadership. I'm not saying Bud couldn't be the commissioner, but I am saying that whoever the new commissioner is, there has to be changes." Selig, when told of Tavares' remarks, said, "I certainly understand Tony's frustrations on many matters" (L.A. TIMES, 1/16). PHOENIX NOTES: USA TODAY's Hal Bodley reports that MLB "has commissioned an investment banking firm to study the economic impact of a shortened regular-season schedule" (USA TODAY, 1/16)....MLB sources "expect" the Ownership Committee to recommend approval of the Dodgers sale to News Corp. and also expect full ownership support. One "high-ranking" MLB exec: "If you let Disney in and Ted Turner in and the Tribune Co. in, how do you say no to Rupert Murdoch? He's the biggest single investor in baseball [through his TV deals]" (Ross Newhan, L.A. TIMES, 1/15).