SBD/7/Leagues Governing Bodies


          MLB's search for a commissioner "came into question"
     after Acting Commissioner Bud Selig "decided to cancel the
     regular quarterly meetings of owners scheduled for next week
     in Phoenix," according to Tom Haudricourt of the MILWAUKEE
     JOURNAL SENTINEL.  Committee meetings will take place as
     originally scheduled, but the joint session will be called
     off, "mainly because there are no pressing items on the
     agenda."  Haudricourt: "Despite that development, Selig
     insisted that the search for a new commissioner remained a
     priority."  Rockies Chair Jerry McMorris, head of the
     commissioner search committee, had "originally hoped to
     present candidates for the commissionership" to the owners'
     ruling Exec Council next week but "acknowledged that the
     process was behind schedule" (JOURNAL SENTINEL, 1/7).   In
     DC, Mark Maske reports that "the likelihood the Phoenix
     meeting will be canceled signals that the owners are still
     not prepared to move on the commissioner front."  Maske adds
     that "many" MLB officials mention NL President Len Coleman
     as a "top internal candidate" (WASHINGTON POST, 1/7).
          VOTE ON DODGERS DELAYED: Selig told USA TODAY's Bodley
     & Antonen that no decision had been made on cancelling the
     meetings and that the "alternative is to cancel the joint
     meetings and hold committee meetings."  Selig said a meeting
     of the Exec Council will be held regardless of any decision
     (USA TODAY, 1/7).  In L.A., Mike Digiovanna adds that the
     move delays News Corp.'s proposed purchase of the Dodgers.
     The Exec Council "will meet, as will the ownership
     committee, and there's a strong possibility the latter will
     make a recommendation" on the sale.  A "high-ranking" MLB
     official said the ownership committee "will have a long
     conversation about the Dodger sale ... and I don't expect it
     to fall through" (Mike Digiovanna, L.A. TIMES, 1/7).
          BEESTON'S BURDEN: MLB COO Paul Beeston is interviewed
     in BASEBALL AMERICA's "PowerBrokers" issue.  Beeston, asked
     to assess his new position: "Right now, and I'm not
     embarrassed to say it, it's a much bigger job than I thought
     it was going to be, and it's more of a complicated job than
     I thought it was going to be" (BASEBALL AMERICA, 1/19).     

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