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Bud Selig Says MLB Successfully Weathering Economic Downturn

Selig Discusses Financial State Of MLB During
Appearance On "Mike & Mike In The Morning"
MLB Commissioner Bud Selig this morning said MLB is “doing okay” from a financial standpoint this year despite being the first league to begin its season during the current economic recession. Appearing on the set of ESPN Radio’s “Mike & Mike in the Morning” live from St. Louis, Selig said, “It's tough, there's no question about it. Clubs are working very hard, doing a lot of discounting, but overall I'm quite satisfied.” Selig added the ’09 season could be the "greatest year we've had, and we've had six or seven just remarkable years in a row.” Selig: “I'm not sure how it's going to turn out. We are at numbers right now that are a lot better than I would have thought back on April 6 when this started." Selig also discussed the impending departure of MLBPA Exec Dir Donald Fehr and said he told Fehr to remember the current stretch of “16 years of labor peace.” Selig: “No one ever thought that possible. No one ever believed it possible. … While we've had a lot of disagreements over some very tough issues, we at least produced labor peace, and he should be proud of that." Selig added the “primary reason why baseball's attendance has gone up so dramatically, the sport’s revenues have gone up so dramatically -- which everybody has benefited from -- is from labor peace” (“Mike & Mike in the Morning,” ESPN2, 7/13).

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