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SBD/March 7, 2011/Leagues and Governing Bodies
Selig Expresses Satisification With First Labor Talks With MLBPA
Published March 7, 2011
PLAYING FAVORITES: In L.A., Bill Shaikin writes Selig would like Mets Owner Fred Wilpon "to stay" and Dodgers Owner Frank McCourt "to go." Selig has "not put it quite so bluntly, of course." But last week he said he has "great affection and great respect" for Wilpon, and then said, "I'm not going to discuss the L.A. situation. Thank you for asking." Wilpon "asked Selig to loan him $25 million from the commissioner's discretionary fund, and Selig said yes," while McCourt "asked Selig to approve a loan of about $200 million from Fox -- with not a penny from the commissioner's fund -- and Selig said no." Shaikin: "His actions speak for him." Selig "bristled when asked how he would justify approving a loan to one financially strapped owner but not another." He said, "Every situation is radically different from the other. To compare one situation and say, 'Well, you did this but you didn't do that,' if all the facts are similar, that's a different story. But they're not similar" (L.A. TIMES, 3/6).