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Published January 9, 2012
HANGING IT UP? In N.Y., Bill Madden noted Bud Selig’s contract as MLB Commissioner expires at the end of this season and despite his “avowed intention” to retire, there “isn’t a single person in baseball who believes Selig, who turns 78 in July, is going anywhere any time soon.” Even Selig’s “closest friends find laughable the notion of him walking away from a job that pays upwards of $20 million per year, along with the perks of a private jet, to teach sports history” at his alma mater, the Univ. of Wisconsin. A source said, “The fact is, even if Bud really wanted to retire, he can’t. Right now, there isn’t anyone out there who could get the votes (necessary three-quarters of the owners). That’s the situation Bud has created” (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 1/8).
LIFE'S A BEACH: In Indianapolis, Curt Cavin noted IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard is “growing confident this year's IndyCar season will conclude in South Florida.” Bernard last week said that the proposed street circuit race in Fort Lauderdale “can become a reality.” Bernard, "I'm pretty sure it's going to happen." Bernard did not give details of the new event “except to say it would be Sept. 28-30 on a beachside circuit.” He said that a decision “will be made next month.” He added that “plans to utilize a street circuit in Las Vegas are on hold for at least another season because of the costs involved” (INDYSTAR.com, 1/6).