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Don Fehr Gets $11M Compensation Package When He Leaves MLBPA

Fehr Has Earned $1M Annually In
Gross Salary From MLBPA Since '01
Outgoing MLBPA Exec Dir DONALD FEHR will receive an $11M compensation package when he formally steps down from the union, according to a memo sent to MLB players cited by Amy Nelson of ESPN.com. The memo revealed that Fehr also will receive "continued access to the union's files and keep an office." Fehr has earned $1M annually in gross salary from the MLBPA since '01, while NBPA Exec Dir BILLY HUNTER earned $3.4M in '09 and late NFLPA Exec Dir GENE UPSHAW made $3.7M in '08. Tigers CF CURTIS GRANDERSON said that "when players compared Fehr's salary with the union heads of other major sports" and MLB Commissioner BUD SELIG, who reportedly earns $18M annually, the compensation amount was an "easy decision to make." Granderson: "We kept looking at how much Bud Selig makes and we looked at how much Don Fehr hasn't made." He noted that some players "balked at first," but estimated that about 97% of membership ultimately approved the package. It is unclear when exactly MICHAEL WEINER will replace Fehr atop the union. Nelson noted it was announced that Fehr's tenure "would conclude no later than the end of March 2010, but in reality it could happen earlier." Meanwhile, Fehr said that he is "still contemplating what he will do next." Fehr is a former BOD member of the USOC, but said, "I was heavily involved for eight years and I have no expectation of becoming formally involved with the Olympics or taking any position there." He noted that he has "not had any contact with anyone at the USOC or been approached about a position" (ESPN.com, 10/20).

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